The Classics Club Spin Result

Classics Club
The spin number in The Classics Club Spin was announced yesterday. It’s number … 6

which for me is The Return of the Native by Thomas Hardy. The rules of the Spin are that this is the book for me to read by 1 June, 2020.

The Return of the Native

I’m delighted with this as I’ve been meaning to read it for years and never got round to it.

‘To be loved to madness – such was her great desire’

Eustacia Vye criss-crosses the wild Egdon Heath, eager to experience life to the full in her quest for ‘music, poetry, passion, war’. She marries Clym Yeobright, native of the heath, but his idealism frustrates her romantic ambitions and her discontent draws others into a tangled web of deceit and unhappiness.

Early readers responded to Hardy’s ‘insatiably observant’ descriptions of the heath, a setting that for D. H. Lawrence provided the ‘real stuff of tragedy’. For modern readers, the tension between the mythic setting of the heath and the modernity of the characters challenges our freedom to shape the world as we wish; like Eustacia, we may not always be able to live our dreams. (Amazon)

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

15 thoughts on “The Classics Club Spin Result

    1. Jude the Obscure is my favourite of his books that I’ve read so far, so I am looking forward to reading The Return of the Native. 🙂

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          1. It was one of my final year degree texts along with his poetry and I horrified my tutor by telling him that in my opinion, while Hardy was a second rate novelist he was a third rate poet. Oh well, it would be a dull world if we all liked the same things.

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  1. Oh, I hope you’ll enjoy it, Margaret. I think you got a good ‘un there, and I look forward to your thoughts on it.

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