The result of the latest Classics Club Spin has been revealed today!
The idea of the Spin was to list twenty books from my Classics Club list, number them 1 to 20, and the number announced today (Monday) represents the book I have to read before 31st October 2019. The number that has been selected is…
And this means the book I need to read is…
Two on a Tower by Thomas Hardy
Lady Constantine, breaks all the rules of decorum when she falls in love with beautiful youth Swithin St Cleeve, her social inferior and ten years her junior. Together, in an ancient monument converted into an astronomical observation tower, they create their own private universe – until the pressures of the outside world threaten to destroy it.
This is not one of the books I was particularly hoping for but I’m still quite happy with this result as I love Thomas Hardy and it’s been a while since I last read anything by him.
Have you read this book? What did you think of it?
26 thoughts on “Classics Club Spin #21: The Result”
I read this one two years ago, or so, and I actually ended up really liking it. It’s got the typical sad Hardy ending. But there was something about it and the two main characters that I really responded to. Happy reading! 🙂
I’m glad you liked it, Lark. I’ll be prepared for the sad ending!
I really liked this book when I binged on Hardy but that was probably about 25 years ago or more. I hope you enjoy it.
I’m pleased to hear you liked it as I really know nothing about it! I do love Hardy though, so I’m looking forward to it.
I read that so long ago I don’t remember it, but I always enjoy Hardy.
I’ve enjoyed everything I’ve read by Hardy so far, so I’m sure I’ll like this one too.
I’ve found things to like in all Hardy, even in his more obscure novels. I wouldn’t rate Two on a Tower among his greats, but I’m sure you will still find things to enjoy. I hope you get on a bit better with it than you did with your last couple of CC spins.
Thank you. I’m not expecting it to be as good as his better known books, but I’m sure I’ll still like it. Hardy has never disappointed me yet.
I just finished reading The Return of the Native by Hardy. Can I send you a box of tissues? 😉
Yes please! I think tissues are always useful when reading Hardy.
I haven’t read it, but I love that name Swithin St. Cleve!
Hardy always gives his characters such great names!
Helen, if I am honest, I have never heard of this book, let alone read it! I really do need to read more by Hardy, as I have only read Far From the Madding Crowd and the short story The Withered Arm. While you weren’t hoping for this one, I hope you enjoy reading some more of Hardy.
This is definitely one of his less well known books, but I’m hoping it will still be good. I loved Far from the Madding Crowd but haven’t read The Withered Arm.
I wouldn’t particularly recommend The Withered Arm to be honest. I had to read it for my GCSEs and I just remember it being short and depressing lol!
I haven’t heard of it either and I confess that for some reason I never seem to get around to Hardy despite being pretty sure I would like his books. I hope you enjoy it, Helen.
I think he’s an author you might enjoy, Sandra, so I hope you do get around to giving his books a try one day.
This is completely new to me, looking forward to hearing what it’s about!
It’s definitely quite an obscure one, but it sounds good and I’m looking forward to reading it!
Haven’t read this one, but Hardy is always worth reading – enjoy!
Thanks! I’ve liked everything I’ve read by Hardy so far, so I’m quite happy with this result.
This is not even a Hardy title I’ve heard of, let alone read, but I’m already eagerly anticipating your review!
It’s certainly not one of Hardy’s better known books, but I’m sure it will still be worth reading.
I have not read this one either. I look forward to your review.
It’s not a popular one, but I’m hoping it will be good.