Penguin 50 Moderns set @ £1 each or £50 for the box.

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It's only a poll because there are 50 books here so that fits with ILX's poll format. It's really just for recommendations or to lust over the box set:

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Poll Results

OptionVotes
The Garden of Forking Paths by Jorge Luis Borges 4
The Distance of the Moon by Italo Calvino 3
Notes on Camp by Susan Sontag 2
Letter from Birmingham Jail by Martin Luther King 1
The Custard Heart by Dorothy Parker 0
Notes on Nationalism by George Orwell 0
The Veiled Woman by Anaïs Nin 0
Four Russian Short Stories 0
Lance by Vladimir Nabokov 0
The Haunted Boy by Carson McCullers 0
Not After Midnight by Daphne du Maurier 0
Everything Bad Comes Back by Javier Marías 0
The Dialogue of Two Snails by Federico García Lorca 0
I Have More Souls Than One by Fernando Pessoa 0
The Cracked Looking-Glass by Katherine Anne Porter 0
Till September Petronella by Jean Rhys 0
Three Japanese Short Stories 0
Death the Barber by William Carlos Williams 0
Fame by Andy Warhol 0
Of Dogs and Walls by Yuko Tsushima 0
The Vigilante by John Steinbeck 0
The Master's Tools… by Audre Lorde 0
Food by Gertrude Stein 0
Letter to My Mother by Georges Simenon 0
The Gigolo by Françoise Sagan 0
Daydream and Drunkenness of a Young Lady by Clarice Lispector 0
The Survivor by Primo Levi 0
The Three Electroknights by Stanislaw Lem 0
The Duke in His Domain by Truman Capote 0
Create Dangerously by Albert Camus 0
The Finger by William S. Burroughs 0
Why I Am Not Going to Buy a Computer by Wendell Berry 0
The Red Tenda of Bologna by John Berger 0
Leaving the Yellow House by Saul Bellow 0
The End by Samuel Beckett 0
Nothing Personal by James Baldwin 0
New York City in 1979 by Kathy Acker 0
The Skeleton's Holiday by Leonora Carrington 0
Glittering City by Cyprian Ekwensi 0
The Black Ball by Ralph Ellison 0
The Legend of the Sleepers by Danilo Kiš 0
Piers of the Homeless Night by Jack Kerouac 0
The Great Hunger by Patrick Kavanagh 0
An Advertisement for Toothpaste by Ryszard Kapuscinski 0
Investigations of a Dog by Franz Kafka 0
The Missing Girl by Shirley Jackson 0
Television Was a Baby Crawling Towards That Death Chamber by Allen Ginsberg 0
The Problem That Has No Name by Betty Friedan 0
Why Do You Wear a Cheap Watch? by Hans Fallada 0
Africa's Tarnished Name by Chinua Achebe 0


DJ U OK Hun? (jed_), Tuesday, 27 March 2018 19:58 (eight months ago) Permalink

Japanese stories - Nagai's Behind the Prison, Uno's Closet LLB and Akutagawa's General Kim.
Russian Stories - Kunak by Galina Kuznetsova, A Miracle by Yury Felsen, The Murder of Valkovsky by Nina Berberova, and Gaito Gazdanov's Requeim

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DJ U OK Hun? (jed_), Tuesday, 27 March 2018 20:05 (eight months ago) Permalink

Distance of the Moon. Still remember the exhilaration of reading it, the feeling of ~opening up~ that Calvino gives me

when worlds collide I'll see you again (Jon not Jon), Tuesday, 27 March 2018 20:53 (eight months ago) Permalink

https://theasylum.wordpress.com/2018/02/22/penguin-modern

mookieproof, Tuesday, 27 March 2018 21:11 (eight months ago) Permalink

I didn't know Yuko Tsushima was Dazai's daughter! Glad to know more about her.

This novel looks really good:

https://www.penguin.co.uk/books/305722/territory-of-light/

xyzzzz__, Tuesday, 27 March 2018 21:50 (eight months ago) Permalink

thanks for that link, mookie. the Balwin passage in there is a beauty. i think i'll start with that.

DJ U OK Hun? (jed_), Tuesday, 27 March 2018 22:31 (eight months ago) Permalink

definitely seems more 'curated' than the 60s set, which included, e.g., racing classics by dick francis, but this might just be an artifact of the death of a popular reading public

the ghost of tom, choad (thomp), Wednesday, 28 March 2018 02:18 (eight months ago) Permalink

can you expand on that?

DJ U OK Hun? (jed_), Wednesday, 28 March 2018 02:42 (eight months ago) Permalink

This set is all authors in or soon to be in the Modern Classics range, so there's a generally higher quality level (though Ayn Rand and Jack Kerouac are in the Modern Classics series too). Also, rather nicely, several of these books contain stuff otherwise unavailable (the Baldwin, Ekwensi, Sagan, Simenon and Yuko Tsushima books), rather than them all just being extracts from already available books.

Mince Pramthwart (James Morrison), Wednesday, 28 March 2018 03:58 (eight months ago) Permalink

Why does the UK get all the good Penguins

valorous wokelord (silby), Friday, 30 March 2018 06:13 (eight months ago) Permalink

(though Ayn Rand and Jack Kerouac are in the Modern Classics series too)

Hey I totally understand Kerouac's fallen out of favour and somewhat justifiably so, but I think his place in lit history/influence on other writers is still a bit higher than Ayn Rand's?

Daniel_Rf, Friday, 30 March 2018 09:29 (eight months ago) Permalink

Rand is worse on every level, sure, but Kerouac is not actually good. Ginsberg either, and they publish him too.

Mince Pramthwart (James Morrison), Friday, 30 March 2018 11:37 (eight months ago) Permalink

There are about nine Ian Fleming books in Modern Classics editions - it’s not really meant as an indicator of literary quality.

Wag1 Shree Rajneesh (ShariVari), Friday, 30 March 2018 12:17 (eight months ago) Permalink

There are about nine Ian Fleming books in Modern Classics editions - it’s not really meant as an indicator of literary quality.

Eh, I think that by definition it is. Having something in Penguin Classics is like a movie getting the Criterion treatment, it's a prestige move. And much as Criterion understand that putting out every new Wes Anderson movie will finance doing weirder stuff, I think Penguin are well aware that there's a lot of ppl who wanna read Fleming, and enjoy thinking of that as "reading a classic".

Daniel_Rf, Friday, 30 March 2018 13:04 (eight months ago) Permalink

Rand is worse on every level, sure, but Kerouac is not actually good. Ginsberg either, and they publish him too.

I think a lot of Penguin Classics authors aren't "actually good", but they're respected/taught/seen as important (even if, like in the Fleming example above, it's within genre). Rand I don't think really qualifies.

Daniel_Rf, Friday, 30 March 2018 13:07 (eight months ago) Permalink

Modern Classics is definitely ‘notable/ influential ‘ rather than good / worth reading and idk how many modern fiction authors are more politically / culturally influential than Rand, even if her writing was abysmal.

Wag1 Shree Rajneesh (ShariVari), Friday, 30 March 2018 13:21 (eight months ago) Permalink

Culturally, sure, but I'd say she's totally the least influential on literature, even compared to someone like Fleming.

Daniel_Rf, Friday, 30 March 2018 17:07 (eight months ago) Permalink

I don’t think I have read any of these so I’m looking forward to the results of the poll to see where to start.

o. nate, Monday, 2 April 2018 16:38 (eight months ago) Permalink

Automatic thread bump. This poll is closing tomorrow.

System, Saturday, 14 April 2018 00:01 (eight months ago) Permalink

Automatic thread bump. This poll's results are now in.

System, Sunday, 15 April 2018 00:01 (eight months ago) Permalink


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