Classics Club Spin #22: The result

The result of the latest Classics Club Spin was revealed yesterday.

The idea of the Spin was to list twenty books from my Classics Club list, number them 1 to 20, and the number announced by the Classics Club represents the book I have to read before 31st January 2020. The number that has been selected is…

13

And this means the book I need to read is…

In a Dark Wood Wandering by Hella S Haasse

This novel exemplifies historical fiction at its best; the author’s meticulous research and polished style bring the medieval world into vibrant focus. Set during the Hundred Years War (1337-1453), the narrative creates believable human beings from the great roll of historical figures. Here are the mad Charles VI, the brilliant Louis d’Orleans, Joan of Arc, Henry V, and, most importantly, Charles d’Orleans, whose loyalty to France brought him decades of captivity in England. A natural poet and scholar, his birth and rank thrust him into the center of intrigue and strife, and through his observant eyes readers enter fully into his colorful, dangerous times. First published in the Netherlands in 1949, this book has never been out of print there and has been reprinted 15 times.

I’m very happy with this result! In a Dark Wood Wandering has been on my TBR for years and I’m not sure why I keep putting off reading it as it definitely sounds like my sort of book. I think it will get 2020 off to a good start!

Have you read this book? What did you think of it?

12 thoughts on “Classics Club Spin #22: The result

  1. juliana brina says:

    I’ve read another book by Haasse recently – The Black Lake – and loved her writing style. And I have In a Dark Wood Wandering on my TBR, so I am looking forward to your review! 🙂

    • Helen says:

      This will be my first book by Haasse, so I’m pleased to hear you loved her writing. If I enjoy this book, I’ll think about reading The Black Lake as well.

  2. www.rosesintherainmemoir.wordpress.com says:

    Until you mentioned the title, I have never heard of this book but, since it’s a novel set in the Middle Ages, I really must read it! There are so many historical details that I lack, especially in France, and historical novels help me to fill in the gaps if they are well researched.

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