Classics Spin #23

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It seems like I was just reading for a Classics Club spin, and there’s another one. For this edition, I pared my list down to only books that are already on my shelves (after removing books I’ve already finished/am currently reading), seeing as I have a ridiculous number of unread books on my shelves and the library doesn’t seem likely to be open soon. (Considering they shut down even before the stay-at-home/non-essential orders.) Some of these titles are a bit lengthy, so I make no promises as to finishing this spin on time!

1. Homer: The Odyssey (Greece, c. 8th century BCE)
2. Carson, Anne, translator: An Oresteia (Greece, 5th century BCE)
3. Virgil: The Aeneid [Aeneis] (Rome, 29-19 BCE)
4. Anonymous: Beowulf (Anglo-Saxon, between 8th-11th centuries)
5. Anonymous: Njal’s Saga (Iceland, 13th century)
6. Anonymous: Nibelungenlied (Germany, 13th century)
7. Camões, Luís Vaz de: The Lusiad (Portugal, 1572)
8. Radcliffe, Ann: The Italian (England, 1797)
9. Poe, Edgar Allan: Tales of Mystery and Imagination (U.S., 1830s-40s)
10. Dickens, Charles: Bleak House (England, 1853)
11. Trollope, Anthony: Barchester Towers (England, 1857)
12. Gaskell, Elizabeth: Wives and Daughters (England, 1865)
13. James, Henry: The Turn of the Screw and Other Short Fiction (U.S., 1878-1908)
14. Tolstoy, Leo: The Death of Ivan Ilyich and Other Stories (Russia, 1886-1912)
15. Lawrence, D.H.: Sons and Lovers (England, 1913)
16. Faulkner, William: The Sound and the Fury (U.S., 1929)
17. Huxley, Aldous: Brave New World (England, 1932)
18. Bromfield, Louis: The Farm (U.S.-Ohio, 1933)
19. Steinbeck, John: East of Eden (U.S., 1952)
20. Bolaño, Roberto: 2666 (Chile, 2004)

Title I’m most hoping to spin: The Sound and the Fury, since I want to read it soon, and this would be a good incentive, or Wives and Daughters since I’ve been looking forward to it for a long time.

Title I’m most “afraid” of spinning: Well, none of them, actually! They’re all on my Classics Club list for a reason, after all.

Here’s to a good spin!

10 thoughts on “Classics Spin #23”

  1. Oh wow, what a great list!! I hope you don’t get Homer or Virgil or I’ll be tempted to read too! Beowulf is amazing and I loved The Death of Ivan Ilyich. I will probably switch books to read with you if you get Bleak House as it’s on my list as well. I can’t wait to see what you get.

    1. Thanks, Cleo! I think you’ve succeeded in making me want to add almost my entire spin list to my ‘read now’ pile…Beowulf I really need to return to; I’ve read it before but have a new (to me) translation I want to try. I ended up with Nibelungenlied which I know almost nothing about, but the back cover text makes it sound intriguing…

  2. Wow… you have some “monstrous” books there. I hope you’d get East of Eden, it’s one of my favorites.

    I have replaced The Sound and the Fury with other book in the list, as I’m not sure I’d like it anyway (have browsed few pages and it didn’t appeal to me). Anyway, good luck, and have fun!

    1. Fanda, I’ve never read East of Eden, but I’ve heard many good things. One of these days! My dad recently started The Sound and the Fury and has had to look up plot summaries because he was having trouble following it, so maybe it’s good that I didn’t get that.

    1. Thanks! I really need to read more of Poe and Dickens; I’ve read so little of both. Alas, I didn’t get either this spin, but I’ll get to them eventually.

    1. Alas, no Wives and Daughters this time, Jane, but I’m looking forward to it when I finally get a chance. (Although, to tell the truth, it’s being used to prop my laptop up right now as I work from home, so maybe it’s for the best I didn’t spin it…)

    1. Thanks, Jean! I’m glad to hear that about Nibelungenlied, as I know almost nothing about it. (Which kind of makes my surprised I had a copy actually…must have been on sale!)

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