The Classics Club: The Classics Spin #25



The Classics Club

The Classics Spin #25

Time for a new spin!

At your blog, before Sunday, November 22nd, create a post to list your choice of any twenty books that remain “to be read” on your Classics Club list.

On Sunday November 22nd, we’ll post a number from 1 through 20. The challenge is to read whatever book falls under that number on your Spin List by January 30, 2020.

Here are 20 titles I have selected from my 3rd list of 50 classics (I basically just chose the 20th oldest).
I am including Japanese classics, as it will coincide with next Japanese Literature Challenge. (January-March)
I didn’t have time to read the boo I got for Spin #24, but I hope to do so soon.

1 Laurence Sterne The Life and Opinions of Tristram Shandy, Gentleman (1767)
2 Xavier de Maistre Voyage Autour de Ma Chambre (1794)
3 Edmond Rostand Cyrano de Bergerac (1897) = reread
4 Machado de Assi Dom Casmurro (1899)
5 Marcel Proust Days of Reading (1905)
6 Natsume Soseki Kusamakura (1906)
7 Natsume Soseki The Miner (1908)
8 Robert Walser Jakob von Gunten (1909)
9 Natsume Soseki To the Spring Equinox and Beyond (1910)
10 Jun’ichiro Tanizaki Devils in Daylight (1918)
11 A. A. Milne The Red House Mystery (1922)
12 Edna Ferber* So Big (1924)
13 Freeman Wills Crofts Inspector French’s Greatest Case (1924)
14 Sigizmund Krzhizhanovsky The Letter Killers Club (1926)
15 Dorothy L. Sayers* Clouds of Witness (1926)
16 Owen Barfield History in English Words (1926)
17 Stefan Zweig Confusion (1927)
18 Josephine Tey* The Man in the Queue (1929)
19 Virginia Woolf* A Room of One’s Own (1929)
20 Hermann Broch The Sleepwalkers (1932)




44 thoughts on “The Classics Club: The Classics Spin #25

  1. I started reading Tristram Shandy, but it was at a bad time and I felt like I was listening to my ex-husband talking non-stop, so dnf (for now). I loved Cyrano as a teenager (if you like tv adaptations, kind of, I’ll recommend watching The student prince with an excellent cast including Tara Fitzgerald, it’s a lovely modern adaptation with a variation). I haven’t read the others but would love to read A room of one’s own very soon. Ah, if we were paid to read, wouldn’t it be great ? Enjoy your very good selection.


  2. No. 1 draws me as I meant to read it this year and didn’t get to it. #15 would be good too. I read an adaptation of Cyrano and it was hilarious; I’ve always wondered if the original is as funny. In any case, have a wonderful spin and I hope you get the perfect book!


  3. I was halfway through your interesting list before I found one that I had read, but I’ve only read four in total. I wasn’t too impressed with the Freeman Wiils Crofts but enjoyed numbers 11, 15 and 18. I hope you get one that you really enjoy.


  4. I thought Sleepwalkers was very good, though it’s longish, and Tristram Shandy is crazy but a lot of fun. But I hope you get Letter Killers Club, which I own but haven’t read yet, to see what you think.


  5. This is a great list, Emma! Any of these books would be a fantastic read, but I am rooting for the German language authors – Broch, Zweig, Walser – and the Brazilian Machado de Assis. These authors are brilliant! Happy reading 🙂


    • Before I joined The Classics Club, I thought I had read many classics. And then I discovered lists by others, and it’s not unusual for me either that most titles I have never heard of! So I think we may all be novice here, which is the beauty of the club, you can discover so many more titles, from so many countries


  6. Wow that is a seriously impressive list, Emma! I haven’t heard of a lot of these, let alone read them! From what I’ve heard though Dorothy L. Sayers sounds good, so I think it would be fun if that was your result, but a Japanese classic would of course suit your reading plans perfectly. Good luck! 🤞😃


  7. I’ve only read one of these, Tristram Shandy, and it wasn’t a favorite. *sigh* Your blog always makes me wish I’d stuck with French c’est la vie


  8. I’ve only read So Big by Edna Ferber, which I enjoyed very much, and A Room of One’s Own, which was for a book club. I haven’t read much Virginia Woolf but I enjoyed it also.

    I have read other books by Josephine Tey and Dorothy Sayers and liked both of them, so fingers crossed you get a good one!


  9. I loved Cyrano de Bergerac, The Red House Mystery and A Room of One’s Own, but I haven’t read any of the others on your list. I hope you get something you enjoy!


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