You can read about it in more detail at their blogs by clicking on the links above, but the essence of it is during the 19th to the 31st October you read and post about a book initially published – in any land, in any language – in 1924. If you don’t have a blog and would like to take part, you could post a review in the comments here (assuming that I manage to fulfil my promises, see below) or, I’m sure, on one of Karen’s or Simon’s posts.
If lots of people take part, and there’s a wide selection of books, we should get quite an interesting if partial snapshot of literature in 1924. Simon and Karen have both posted links to lists of books published in that year in their posts, and there are more ideas in the comments on their posts. In fact, it’s in the comments on Karen’s blog that I noticed that Lord Dunsany’s The King of Elfland’s Daughter is eligible (thank you Tom!). Now there’s a book I’ve been meaning to read for aeons! But 1924 was a great year for literature; also published were Billy Budd, A Passage to India, The Rector’s Daughter, The Constant Nymph, The Magic Mountain, and poetry collections by W.B. Yeats, Edith Sitwell, H.D., Pablo Neruda, William Faulkner and Marianne Moore. Messalina of the Suburbs by E.M. Delafield surely competes with Seducers in Ecuador by Vita Sackville West for best title of the year. There’s also work by Agatha Christie, John Buchan, A.A. Milne, Winifred Holtby, Ford Madox Ford, Johan Fabricius, Joseph Roth and Arthur Schnitzler (And according to Wikipedia, on 15th January 1924 the first radio play was broadcast, Danger by Richard Hughes.)
As regular readers of a gallimaufry will know, I don’t have a great pedigree when it comes to readalongs or communal projects of this nature, but I am always hopeful and surely even I can manage this? Are you planning to join in, and if so, what will you read?