The Classics Club: what I got for The Classics Spin #31



The Classics Club


The Classics Spin #31

Twitter hashtag: #ccspin

For this Classics spin #31, I got #2 which on my list was

Selected Poems of Rainer Maria Rilke

This selection of poems by Rainer Maria Rilke was published in 1948, and then translated into English in1981. But these poems were actually written between 1899-1926.
I found this book at a library book sale last year.
I haven’t read Rilke since my teen years, so it will be lovely to revisit.
Plus it’s a bilingual edition, and it will be fun going back to German as well.
I’ll start reading it as soon as I’m done with my current print book, conversations between Haruki Murakami and Seiji Ozawa.

Rainer Maria Rilke (1875-1926) was born in Prague.
He is considered one of the German language’s greatest 20th century poets.
He also wrote more than 400 poems in French.

Have you read this selection, or other works by Rilke?
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:

A wizard of Earthsea Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep? Arsene Lupin

For Classics Spin #14, I got #1: A Wizard of Earthsea, by Ursula K. Le Guin
For Classics Spin, #15, I got #12: Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep?
by Philip K. Dick
For Classics Spin, #16, I got #4: Arsène Lupin, by Maurice Leblanc

The Face of Another A Moveable Feast The Dream of the Red Chamber

For Classics Spin, #17, I got #3: The Face of Another, by Kobo Abe (not yet reviewed!!)

For Classics Spin, #19, I got #1: A Moveable Feast, by Ernest Hemingway

For Classics Spin, #20, I got # 19: The Dream of the Red Chamber
by Cao Xueqin

On the Edge of the World  Sanshiro The Sleepwalkers

For Classics Spin, #21, I got # 5: On the Edge of the World, by Nikolai Leskov

For Classics Spin, #22, I got # 13: Sanshiro, by Natsume Soseki

For Classics Spin, #24, I got # 18: The Sleepwalkers, by Hermann Broch, which I didn’t take time to read!!

The Letter Killers Club History in English Words A Man Lay Dead

For Classics Spin, #25, I got # 14: The Letter Killers Club – which was way over my head.

For Classics Spin, #26, I got # 11: History in English Words, by Owen Barfield, a fascinating book, which I haven’t reviewed yet!!

For Classics Spin, #28, I got # 12: A Man Lay Dead, by Ngaio Marsh, alas a disappointing one.

The Man in the Queue  The Bride Wore Black

For Classics Spin, #29, I got #11: The Man in the Queue, by Josephine Tey.
For Classics Spin, #30, I got #5: The Bride Wore Black, by Cornell Woolrich





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Book review: Cocktails With a Dead Man

cocktails with a dead man


Cocktails With a Dead Man
by  Joe Albanese
Genre: Poetry
106 pages

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I used to be a great lover of poetry in my native language, French. My most favorite poet is actually Spanish speaking, Pablo Neruda. The rhythm of his lines in Spanish is remarkable.
But, apart from a few examples, poetry has always been a challenge for me in English. So when the author contacted me, I thought I might try Cocktails With a Dead Man.

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Spotlight and giveaway: The Invitation

The Invitation

 Book Details:

Book Title: The Invitation: To Journey Through a Conscious Mind
Category: Adult Fiction; 40 pages
Genre: Poetry
Publisher: Tyfany Williams
Release date: March 31,2017
Tour dates: Aug 21 to Sept 1, 2017
Content Rating: PG-13 + M (for mature content of love and relationships etc. 1-2 word usage of bad language. No sex scenes or erotica language.)

Book Description:

The Invitation: To Journey Through a Conscious Mind, is a showcase in talent from author and poet Tyfany Janee. She’s eloquently produced the anthology through plaintive artistic angst. Injecting the essence of her soul into her prose. The diverse collection of poetry which lies between the covers is the result of an entire life’s work experimenting within her vocation.

Her work is comprised of truth, meaning, hope, possibility and a succinct hint of humor as she tears away the facade from humanity. The works shed light on relative issues that we’re all faced with in our easily waywardly led astray lives, and the monotony that makes up our existence.

The Invitation: To Journey Through a Conscious Mind is an ode to the beat generation of poets that carved their names in literary history. Any creative mind will revel in the inspiration that lies between these pages; it’s full of daring attitude, and celebration for the authentic. A unique look on love, that you have to dare to delve within. It harnesses true devotion, with a stark, hair raising element of modern reality.


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About the Author:
Tyfany Janee is a mother and an upcoming graduate with a BS in Business Administration in a concentration of Entrepreneurship, and a minor in Marketing. She is a prolific writer, author and poet and she has an upcoming plan of releasing a short story collection in 2018 that she titles; The Road Sometimes Traveled; and a poetry collection book titled “RSVP: To Be You Unapologetically.” Additionally, a release of a debut novel, the first of a series in 2019 she titles; To Love Him..I.
Her recent book is comprised of truth, meaning, hope, possibility and a much-needed element of humor when it comes to exposing the true nature of humankind. Tyfany devours inspiration wherever she can get it, from cult classics, to just about anything she can see.
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