Time for a spin

DSC_0221.JPGIt is time for another Classics Club spin! In it I trust random chance to decide which book I need to read before October 31th 2019. The rules are simple, I have to make a numbered list of twenty books from my Classics Club reading list and on the 23th of September the Classics Club will draw a number and thus tell me which of my books I should read.

The books I selected are:

  1. de Beauvoir, Simone: The Second Sex
  2. Bulgakov, Mikhail: The Master and Margarita
  3. Fogelström, Per Anders: Mina drömmars stad (City of My Dreams)
  4. von Goethe, Johann Wolfgang: Faust
  5. Ibsen, Henrik: Peer Gynt (winner)
  6. Kushner, Tony: Angels in America
  7. Lie, Jonas: Fortellinger i utvalg (Selected stories)
  8. Linna, Väinö: Okänd soldat (The Unknown Soldier)
  9. Mansfield, Katherine: Short story collection
  10. Morrison, Toni: Beloved
  11. Plath, Sylvia: Ariel
  12. Rhys, Jean: Wide Sargasso Sea
  13. Scott, Robert Falcon: Scott’s last expedition
  14. Shakespeare, William: A Midsummer Night’s Dream
  15. Sturlasson, Snorre: Heimskringla
  16. Thorvall, Kerstin: Det mest förbjudna
  17. Tikkanen, Märta: Arnaía kastad i havet
  18. Tolstoy, Leo: Anna Karenina
  19. Undset, Sigrid: Kransen (The Wreath, Kristin Lavransdatter trilogy, part one)
  20. Walker, Alice: The Color Purple

I’m hoping for 3, 5, 8 or 14 and fear 15 and 18.

Wish me luck!

Edit: And the winner is Peer Gynt by Henrik Ibsen, one of the books I wished for!


30 thoughts on “Time for a spin

  1. 2 or 10 would be my picks. Hope you get one you enjoy! It’s a long time since I read Anna Karenina but I seem to remember finding it a much easier read than most of the Russian classics I’ve tried, so fear not! 😀

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      1. I’d love to read Peter Gynt again, but having not paid attention when we did Hedda Gabler and The Pillars of Society when we did them at school I feel I ought to tackle those first! Grieg I wouldn’t to listen to unless I had a decent recording of the suites, I’ve heard Solveig’s Song mangled so many times by insensitive sopranos…

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  2. I’ve heard about Kristin Lavarsdatter before but have no idea about plot or genre. May try one day.

    Midsummer Night’s Dream – I remember that pride many years ago when I read it in English for the first time 😀 I knew it already from the Polish translation and from plays and movies (it is a compulsory read in our schools). Still, one of my favourite of Shakespeare’s plays.

    Master and Margarita by Bulhakov is a very, VERY strange book. I guess knowing the historical background helps a bit to understand it better. Still, it is a crazy ride into madness – an absurd man-made madness, that even devil himself can’t make any worse. Absolutely worth reading. Actually, I think I will give it a re-read soon 😉

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    1. We read some other Shakespeare plays in school but never that one. However I saw it played recently and really enjoyed it, so now I want to read it to catch things I missed.

      I’ve heard that Master and Margarita is weird, I’m not sure I’ll enjoy it but I’m sure it’ll be interesting 🙂


  3. There is so much more to Anna Karenina than Anna’s tragic ending — if you get it I hope you will find that as well. It is hard for characters to succumb to the weight of their literary fates but they do live on in us.

    I can’t say anything to your other feared book as I’ve never heard of it. A Midsummer Night’s Dream would be delightful if you’ve never encountered it.

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    1. Heimskringla is the old Norse kings’ sagas, and my edition is 660+ pages, all in Norwegian. I only added it to my list as I owned a copy and though I ought to read it now when I live in Norway, but I kind of regret that notion. Definitely scarier than Anna Karenina.

      I have recently seen A Midsummer’s Night played, which was great, so I definitely expect enjoying reading the play.

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  4. I’ve got The Master and Margarita on my list too but at a different number. I’ve read the Shakespeare Rhys, Ibsen, Mansfield and Tolstoy. The Jean Rhys book was my least favourite of those ones.

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