Tuesday, March 31, 2015

Classics Spin #9!

Hooray, it's time for another Classics Spin!  Head on over and take a look at the rules.  The goal is to read the chosen title by May 15.  And...this time I decided to stuff my list with the giant scary chunksters.  Not all of them are giant and scary, but really quite a lot of them are. This does mean that there's a good chance I won't be able to finish my title by the deadline, but what is life without a little danger?
  1. Henry James, 1902, The Wings of the Dove.
  2.  Chaim Potok, 1972, My Name is Asher Lev.
  3. Eugene D. Genovese, Roll, Jordan, Roll: The World the Slaves Made.  
  4. Venerable Bede, Ecclesiastical History of the English People.
  5. On the Origin of Species, Darwin (1859)
  6. Elizabeth Gaskell, Ruth.  
  7. Gregory of Tours, History of the Franks
  8. Thomas Mann, Germany, 1924. The Magic Mountain.
  9. Gunter Grass, The Tin Drum
  10. Grimmelhausen, Simplicissimus
  11. Feodor Dostoevsky, Russia, Brothers Karamazov
  12. Junichio Tanizaki, Japan, 1943. The Makioka Sisters
  13. VS Naipul, Trinidad, 1979. A Bend in the River 
  14. Mario Vargas Llosa, The Time of the Hero
  15. Ibn Khaldun, Tunis, 1375. Muqaddimah.
  16. Murasaki Shikubu, Japan, ca. 990.The Tale of Genji (abridged). 
  17. Thomas Mokopu Mofolo, Chaka
  18. Solzhenitsyn, 1974, The Gulag Archipelago. (abridged)
  19. Anthony Trollope, 1865, Can You Forgive Her?
  20. “Why We Can’t Wait,” Martin Luther King Jr.       
Some of these are also on my TBR 2015 list.  Some are just sitting on my shelf, waiting to be read, without an official TBR challenge status.  And with one or two, I'm not quite sure yet how I'll get them....

Roll those dice!


cleopatra said...

Well, this may be a record. There are only 4 books on your list that I don't recognize. ;-)

Origin of Species ...... ugh! I was able to get through half of it and my eyes glazed over almost immediately. I do want to eventually read it complete but I think I'll have to take another tact; instead of reading it like a book, I'll have to break it into chunks and read it that way.

I've read Asher Lev and LOVED it. But if I had to pick, I'd choose Can You Forgive Her? or Ruth. Ruth is one of my favourite Gaskells although I haven't read Wives and Daughter yet.

Good luck with your spin!

Anonymous said...

Nice list. Very ambitious!

Lynn Gerrard said...

Solzhenitsyn! You're the second person I've seen include one of his works. Read him and loved it all when I was a teenager. Hope you enjoy as much as I did then! (Should re-read to see how I feel 40+ years later!) You have included quite a few that are new to me--must check them out! Good luck!

Anonymous said...

I've got The Gulag Archipelago on my (not-yet-published) list, too. I've never read Solzhenitsyn, but my daughter's studying the Russian Revolution, and I found myself re-intrigued by his story.

Karen K. said...

Asher Lev is WONDERFUL. I also loved The Makioka Sisters -- long, but not a difficult read. It's a great story. Trollope is also wonderful, but then I am completely biased in his favor. Good luck!

Anonymous said...

I must admit that I haven't read anything on your list so I cannot offer any words of wisdom. But I will say that I hope you enjoy the book you end up with! There are many books on here I'd love to read.

Brona Joy said...

I know what you mean about chunksters & deadlines. I spun The Brothers K 2 spins ago & I'm still going.....although I also got stalled by the religious rant in the middle.

Maybe if you get 11 in the spin it will help me to finish if I have someone to share it with :-/

Good luck tomorrow.

amanda @ simplerpastimes said...

Your list is a bit intimidating! Hopefully the spin picks something manageable. The only book I've read on your list is My Name is Asher Love, which I loved. Good luck and happy reading!

Anne Bennett said...

Your list is REALLY for a person not afraid of scarey sounding books. Good luck on the spin tomorrow. Anne's 20 Classics for spin