I am sure that there is no one who reads this blog who doesn’t also read Karen’s (kaggsysbookishramblings) and Simon’s (stuckinabook) blogs. Therefore I am equally sure that you all already know about the 1924 club – such a brilliant idea – and really right up my alley. If the 1924 club has passed you by – then the idea is that we read a novel originally published in 1924 – lists of what was published in that year are available on Goodreads and Wikipedia (and you can find links to those lists on Simon and Karen’s original posts. Bloggers will be reviewing the books we’ve read between 19th and 31st of October. My favourite period of literature is probably broadly 1920 – 1960 – so I would be keen to have more of these clubs in the future – such an amazing raft of wonderful books to be explored from this period.
So I am very much throwing my hat into the ring, joining the 1924 club – and although I have said I will be reading very much according to my mood – I have chosen two books which I feel sure I will want to read.
1. The Rector’s Daughter by F M Mayor – my edition a modern VMC rather than a lovely old green – it’s a book I have wanted to read for a while. I have another F M Mayor novel on my kindle – The Third Miss Symons – which I have seen the word depressing applied to, and keep swerving – so The Rector’s daughter will be my first Mayor novel.
2. Seducers in Ecuador – Vita Sackville West, my edition a Bello books ebook. Seducers in Ecuador is a novella published alongside the 1922 novella The Heir –a stunning little novella itself – if you haven’t come across it.
If you are looking for ideas for things to read from 1924 – dare I suggest?
1 A Passage to India by E M Forster – an absolute classic and an old favourite of mine.
2 The Constant Nymph – Margaret Kennedy, a wonderful novel about the unconventional, bohemian family of a composer.
3 The Crowded Street – Winifred Holtby, a novel in which Holtby explored the expectations imposed upon women by society. The Crowded Street currently available from Persephone books has also been published in the past by Virago.
4 The Home Maker – Dorothy Canfield Fisher – it is seven years since I read this novel – a time when my so called book reviews ( originally from my live journal account) consisted of a copy and pasted synopsis and one hurriedly written paragraph. It is a wonderful novel – available of course from Persephone.
5 The White Monkey – John Galsworthy – the fourth book of the nine novels which make up the Forsyte Chronicles – it would only suit someone who is already reading the series – but I know there are one or two people out there who are doing so.
There are many others of course including Precious Bane, which I read so long ago but remember still – my sister and I were obsessed with it for a while in our late teens – books I haven’t read – or can’t remember if I have. I know there’s at least one Agatha Christie book from 1924 The Man in the Brown Suit – which I am pretty sure I have read many moons ago – I can’t remember it now ( there was a pretty terrible film made of it I think). The Castle by Franz Kafka – again I read it in my late teens early twenties (all details gone), there are P G Wodehouse books, John Buchan, H P Lovecraft, Katharine Mansfield, H G Wells on the lists – so if you’re looking for inspiration check out those lists.