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Classics Club Spin #28 Result is….Number 12!!!! Faces of War!

I’m sooooooooooooo excited! One of the new-to-this-spin titles added to my classics list WON!! Woot! Go, Martha!!Martha Gellhorn’s (sometime Mrs. Ernest Hemingway) collection of war-reporting columns/stories/essays, The Face of War, is the winner. I found an e-book copy at my library, so I’m all set!

My List

  1. Miss Ranskill Comes Home by Barbara Euphan Todd
  2. Finishing School by Muriel Spark
  3. Around the World in 80 Days by Jules Verne
  4. A Far Country by Neville Shute
  5. Mornings in Mexico by DH Lawrence
  6. Portrait of a Marriage by Vita Sackville West
  7. Burmese Days by George Orwell
  8. Son at the Front by Edith Wharton
  9. Loving Spirit by Daphne DuMaurier
  10. Mariana by Monica Dickens
  11. My Brilliant Career by Miles Franklin
  12. The Face of War by Martha Gelhorn THE WINNER!!!
  13. The Headmistress by Angela Thirkell
  14.  We Fed Them Cactus by Fabiola Cabeza de Baca
  15. The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde by Robert Louis Stevenson
  16. Less Than Angels by Barbara Pym
  17. Frenchman’s Creek by Daphne Du Maurier
  18. Sea of Grass by Conrad Richter
  19. Lost Horizon by James Hilton
  20. The Way Things Are by E.M. Delafield

“The Face of War is a classic of frontline journalism by “the premier war correspondent of the twentieth century” (Ward Just, The New York Times Magazine).

Whether in Java, Finland, the Middle East, or Vietnam, she used the same vigorous approach. “I wrote very fast, as I had to,” she says, “afraid that I would forget the exact sound, smell, words, gestures, which were special to this moment and this place.” As Merle Rubin noted in his review of this volume for The Christian ScienceMonitor, “Martha Gellhorn’s courageous, independent-minded reportage breaks through geopolitical abstractions and ideological propaganda to take the reader straight to the scene of the event.” (Amazon).

Tune in

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Classics Club Spin #28 List

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On Sunday 17th, October, we’ll post a number from 1 through 20. The challenge is to read whatever book falls under that number on your Spin List by the 12th December, 2021. That’s an eight week reading window for this spin. You may like to stack your list with books that you know are do-able for you within that time frame.

New to Classics Club and its fun spins? Read all about it here on the Classics Club blog.

My List

  1. Miss Ranskill Comes Home by Barbara Euphan Todd
  2. Finishing School by Muriel Spark
  3. Around the World in 80 Days by Jules Verne
  4. A Far Country by Neville Shute
  5. Mornings in Mexico by DH Lawrence
  6. Portrait of a Marriage by Vita Sackville West
  7. Burmese Days by George Orwell
  8. Son at the Front by Edith Wharton
  9. Loving Spirit by Daphne DuMaurier
  10. Mariana by Monica Dickens
  11. My Brilliant Career by Miles Franklin
  12. The Face of War by Martha Gelhorn
  13. The Headmistress by Angela Thirkell
  14.  We Fed Them Cactus by Fabiola Cabeza de Baca
  15. The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde by Robert Louis Stevenson
  16. Less Than Angels by Barbara Pym
  17. Frenchman’s Creek by Daphne Du Maurier
  18. Sea of Grass by Conrad Richter
  19. Lost Horizon by James Hilton
  20. The Way Things Are by E.M. Delafield

Tune in on Sunday to find out which number is drawn!

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Classics Club Spin #27 Review: Making of a Marchioness by Frances Hodgson Burnett

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My Interest

I love participating in the Classics Club Spins! It’s such a fun way to read through classics you might never try.

 

The Story

Impoverished gentlewoman, Emily Fox-Seton, supports herself being useful to busy ladies. She’s the Victoria equivalent of Door Dash, Stitch Fix, Amazon and more rolled into one. She does errands to keep herself barely above penury. She fears the Work House and lies awake at night fretting that genteel ladies will no longer need her to walk a hundred miles to pick up fish and save their dinner parties from the shame of no fish course!

But, being “the right sort,” only down-on-her-luck financially, she is at least in the company of people who think nothing of hosting a house party for 20 for at least a month. Sadly, the poor thing doesn’t ride–not to the hounds or just in the home park.Nonetheless, her circumstances have the advantage of putting her in the path of well-off men, some of whom are single. Now, she’s a bit past her sell-by date in Victorian terms, but still within her childbearing years albeit at an age where a husband could only likely expect about 10 children instead of 18.

After saving the above-mentioned-dinner-party, she is rescued by the Marquess of Walderhurst–an eligible, older widower with no heir. She is a lovely, quiet, sensible thing and James Walderhurst sees her potential. He has a money-grubbing distant relative as his heir presumptive, so why not take a chance on this little chit who colors so prettily when he speaks to her. Better still, his sister likes Emily, too.

My Thoughts

This was a delightful story. Could you see the plot a mile off? Of course! Was the putative “Cousin Matthew” [Downton Abbey] hatching schemes at a rate that would have made Miss O’Brien need a cuppa and a fag out back with Thomas? [Downton, again]. Oh, yes! But this story is Victorian and we know it ends on a happy note–it must, it simply had to hadn’t it? (Yes, sadly, there are racist comments about an Indian servant. Be aware.)

I listened to the excellent audio book from Persephone Books which is only $4.99 on Audible (linked)

The Making of a Marchioness by Frances Hogsdon-Burnett

My Verdict

4 Stars

To learn more about The Classics Club and their “Spins” read this post.

For my past Spin book reviews click the title to go to my review:

Wide Saragaso Sea

Tortilla Flat

Excellent Women

Groves of Academe

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Classics Club Spin #27 Book Will Be….

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Number 6 is the lucky draw!

The book I must read by August 22nd is….

Making of a Marchioness by Frances Hodgson-Burnett

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Frances Hodgson Burnett published The Making of a Marchioness in 1901. She had written Little Lord Fauntleroy 15 years before and would write The Secret Garden in 10 years’ time; it is these two books for which she is best known. Yet Marchioness was one of Nancy Mitford’s favourite books, was considered ‘the best novel Mrs Hodgson Burnett wrote’ by Marghanita Laski, and is taught on a university course in America together with novels such as Pride and Prejudice, Jane Eyre, and Daisy Miller.ness by Frances Hodgson-Burnett

I bought this on sale on audio recently, so now I”ll enjoy it on my commute some week.

You can see my entire list for this spin HERE.