Well, that was brilliant, everyone! By my count, we have had 42 reviews in for The 1924 Club, which is truly wonderful. And what is even better is the effort people put in to finding unusual and unexpected books to read from 1924. It really helped to build up a broad and fascinating picture of the year.
(Oh, if you have reviews still to come, or I’ve missed any, do yell – but here is the list to date).
When I thought of this experiment (and was thrilled that Karen agreed to co-host), I wanted it to give a fun sort of cohesion to the blogosphere’s reading, hoping we could come together to better understand a year of literary history in a way that would have taken months and months for an individual reader. Picking a single year seemed to me a great way to crystallise the many and various concurrent echelons of the reading public – and the range we have covered between us is so brilliant! Everything from Agatha Christie to H.P. Lovecraft, from Hungary to Russia.
What have we learned? Well, none of us ever expected a single answer to that question. There was no sort of book that encapsulated 1924: this project shows how varied the period was. Some authors were trying exciting new things; some were coming to the end of their careers; some were even being published posthumously. Detective fiction and rural novels; experimental prose and dystopias; thrillers and comics. Together we have compiled a picture of what reading meant in 1924 – one which might easily be overlooked if we only think of the stand-out novels of the year.
I’m so grateful to those who have taken part, and for the encouragement from those who weren’t able to. I hope you all enjoyed it as much as I did – and recommend you look through the list of reviews.
And, so, the big question is… would people be up for doing it again? I was wondering if it could become a biannual event? And that way you’ll get six months’ notice rather than two weeks’…! And, if we do – which year should come next??