The Classics Club Spin Result

The spin number in The Classics Club Spin is number …

which for me is Orlando by Virginia Woolf. The rules of the Spin are that this is the book for me to read by 30 January, 2021.

Orlando tells the tale of an extraordinary individual who lives through centuries of English history, first as a man, then as a woman; of his/her encounters with queens, kings, novelists, playwrights, and poets, and of his/her struggle to find fame and immortality not through actions, but through the written word. At its heart are the life and works of Woolf’s friend and lover, Vita Sackville-West, and Knole, the historic home of the Sackvilles. But as well as being a love letter to Vita, Orlando mocks the conventions of biography and history, teases the pretensions of contemporary men of letters, and wryly examines sexual double standards.

I hope I get on better with this book than I did with my last Classics Club Spin book, which was Far From the Madding Crowd by Thomas Hardy. I did start reading it, but didn’t get very far – it wasn’t appealing to me at all!

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

7 thoughts on “The Classics Club Spin Result

  1. I’ll be interested in what you think of this one, Margaret. I’ve been hesitant to read this one, as it just doesn’t sound appealing to me. But perhaps I’m not being fair to it. I’ll be looking forward to your review.

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  2. I’ve been hesitant too, although I have enjoyed some of Woolf’s other books – in particular Mrs Dalloway. So I am hopeful that I’ll enjoy this one.


  3. My book group read it – inspired when the movie came out and Tilda Swinton got such good reviews. We read the book first, then went to the movie together, and I think we enjoyed both. I just chose Black Narcissus as our December book, figuring if they didn’t like the book they could watch the new miniseries.

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  4. Far from the Madding Crowd is the one Hardy book that I haven’t got on with. I hope this one is better for you. I’ve just finished Mrs Dalloway and surprisingly I liked it.


  5. This is quite a different book from anything else I have read. I did like it and did not find it a difficult read. It highlights the differences in being a man and a woman, but also other historical aspects. Hope you like it.


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