The spin list of 20 books that I came up with, was made up of five books I was nervous of encountering, five I couldn’t wait to read, five I was neutral about and five others picked for no good reason other than they were on my classic club list unread. I had been convinced that I would be reading one of the five books I know I keep passing by. I couldn’t have been more wrong. Number 14 on my spin list is Taking chances by Molly Keane (often published as M J Farrell the name she originally wrote under)
About the book:
Since the death of their parents, Roguey, Maeve and Jer have cared for one another and for Sorristown, their elegant home. Here this companionable trio have fished and hunted, unravelled secrets by bedroom fires and sipped gin cocktails – a pattern of intimacy about to be broken by Maeve’s marriage to Rowley. A week before the wedding, her bridesmaid Mary arrives. In contrast to acquiescent Maeve, Mary is faintly pagan, elusive. Meeting her for the first time Rowley describes Mary as “a factor for disturbance”, little realising the extent to which his prophecy will prove true for each of them. First published in 1929, this novel perfectly captures the leisured Anglo-Irish lives of that era, but most of all it explores allegiances and love – and taking chances of a desperate kind.
I have read two other Molly Keane books both of which I enjoyed and so this title which was one of the five random picks on my list is a great choice for me. Devoted Ladies by Molly Keane which I read last year came very close to making it on to my top reads for 2012 list.
So are you playing classic spin? and if so what will you be reading?
Taking Chances will be on my March reading pile – and I will endeavor to get my review up either on or just before April 1st. I have been foolishly excited, waiting to see which classics we all will be reading.