The Classics Club Spin Result

Classics Club

The spin number in The Classics Club Spin was announced yesterday. It’s number …


which for me is Little Dorrit by Charles Dickens. The rules of the Spin are that this is the book for me to read by April 30, 2018.

Little Dorritt

I don’t know whether to laugh or cry. As it’s on my list I do want to read it – sometime – maybe not right now.

I know very little about Little Dorrit, just that it’s long and my copy is one of the Wordsworth Classics in a very small font. I stopped watching the TV adaptation with Tom Courtney as William Dorrit – such a dark and dreary production with him in the Marshalsea debtors’ prison. The blurb on the back cover says that Dickens’ working title for the book was Nobody’s Fault. Well, it’s his fault for writing it – and mine for for putting it on the Spin List – oh, yes and the Spin God for spitting out number 3.

I just hope I enjoy it!

Here’s the blurb from Amazon:

Little Dorrit is a classic tale of imprisonment, both literal and metaphorical, while Dickens’ working title for the novel, Nobody’s Fault, highlights its concern with personal responsibility in private and public life. Dickens’ childhood experiences inform the vivid scenes in Marshalsea debtor’s prison, while his adult perceptions of governmental failures shape his satirical picture of the Circumlocution Office. The novel’s range of characters – the honest, the crooked, the selfish and the self-denying – offers a portrait of society about whose values Dickens had profound doubts.

Little Dorrit is indisputably one of Dickens’ finest works, written at the height of his powers. George Bernard Shaw called it ‘a masterpiece among masterpieces’, a verdict shared by the novel’s many admirers.

A ‘masterpiece‘ – that makes it sound OK – doesn’t it?

Did you take part in the Classics Spin? What will you be reading?

18 thoughts on “The Classics Club Spin Result

  1. Oh I do sympathise, Margaret! I’m not happy with mine spin book either! At least mine is a short one. Seems there are a number of us who’ve been unlucky this time – so much for 3 being a lucky number! Let’s hope we’re both pleasantly surprised when we start reading 🙂

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  2. I actually managed to get to the end of that BBC drama. Thought it was ‘ok’ but not in the same league as their version of Bleak House which I absolutely loved. I feel your pain, so to speak.


  3. Ah, the fickle God of the Spin! Very sorry that you didn’t get the title you wanted, Margaret, and in fact, got one you weren’t enthusiastic about. I hope it all works out better than you think it may.

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  4. Hahaha – it’s definitely the Classics Club Gods fault! But it’s supposed to be one of Dickens’ best, so I’m really hoping you enjoy it more than you’re fearing. Maybe we should swap… 😉

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    1. Thanks for offering to swap, but I’ve already read Gone with the Wind and as much as I enjoyed it I don’t want to read it again … 🙂

      I am hoping it’ll turn out to be better than I expect!

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  5. Well, it seems that many of us are not exactly ‘joyful’ about our #3. I’ve decided I’ll never again say ‘I don’t want number….’. LOL

    I got The Woman in White, which is not at all bad, but at 600 pages is longer that I wanted right now. Ah well.

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    1. It’s funny, isn’t it – that we want to read a book, but faced with it we’re suddenly reluctant to read it! Anyway I’ve read The Woman in White and whilst I don’t think it’s as good as The Moonstone I did enjoy it – hope you do too.


  6. I have never been brave or mad enough to add any Dickens book to my lists. Give me Trollope any day though!


  7. I haven’t read this one and haven’t put it on my Classics Club list either, but I do want to read all of Dickens’ books eventually. I hope you enjoy it more than you’re expecting to!


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