For this Classics spin #25, I got #14, which on my list was
I usually don’t read many short stories, but I just finished listening to a collection and read another one, and the spin ends up on a collection of Russian short stories!
I’m really looking forward to reading The Letter Killers Club (1926), as I don’t know the author Sigizmund Krzhizhanovsky, and it sounds deliciously meta-literature.
“Original Writers are professional killers of conceptions. The logic of the Letter Killers Club, a secret society of “conceivers” who commit nothing to paper on principle, is strict and uncompromising. Every Saturday they meet in a fire-lit room hung with blank black bookshelves to present their “pure and unsubstantiated” conceptions: a rehearsal of Hamlet hijacked by an actor who vanishes with the role; the double life of a medieval merry cleric derailed by a costume change; a machine-run world that imprisons men’s minds while conscripting their bodies; a dead Roman scribe stranded this side of the River Acheron. The overarching scene of this short novel is set in Soviet Moscow, in the ominous 1920s. Known only by pseudonym, like Chesterton’s anarchists in fin-de-siècle London, the Letter Killers are as mistrustful of one another as they are mesmerized by their despotic president. Sigizmund Krzhizhanovsky is at his philosophical and fantastical best in this extended meditation on madness.”
Have you read it? What did you think?
It’s never too late to challenge yourself to (re)discover the classics and connect and have fun with other Classics lovers. See here what this is all about.
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Here is what I got for the previous Classics Spins:
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.
The Life and Opinions of Tristram Shandy, Gentleman (1767)
Xavier de Maistre
Voyage Autour de Ma Chambre (1794)
Cyrano de Bergerac (1897) = reread
Machado de Assi
Dom Casmurro (1899)
Days of Reading (1905)
The Miner (1908)
Jakob von Gunten (1909)
To the Spring Equinox and Beyond (1910)
Devils in Daylight (1918)
A. A. Milne
The Red House Mystery (1922)
So Big (1924)
Freeman Wills Crofts
Inspector French’s Greatest Case (1924)
The Letter Killers Club (1926)
Dorothy L. Sayers*
Clouds of Witness (1926)
History in English Words (1926)
The Man in the Queue (1929)
A Room of One’s Own (1929)
The Sleepwalkers (1932)
COME BACK ON MONDAY 23 TO SEE WHICH BOOK I HAVE TO READ SOON.
HOW MANY HAVE YOU READ? WHICH ONE IS YOUR FAVORITE?
I’m thrilled to present to you my 3rd list of 137 titles for The Classics Club.
I stupidly thought our lists had to have 50 titles, but I discovered on the Wall of Honor that we could choose as many titles as we want.
Here is my new table, with color codes for nonfiction, mystery, and Japanese, three prominent categories. Plus my two special projects!
I will obviously update the table as I go along.
Why 137 titles?
I just added one title to my previous list to make it to 50,
plus my Bible (49 books to go)
and my Hercule Poirot (38 books to go) projects.
And I am planning on being more serious with my spins!
How did I come up with these titles?
Simple: I opened my To-Be-Read Goodreads shelf, and put them in order of publication, and I picked the 50 oldest titles! Those are titles I added there along the years.
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