Wherein We Elect Our Favourite Novels of… the 1870's, pt.1 (1870-1874)

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Featuring the departure of Charles Dickens and the arrival of Thomas Hardy.

Poll Results

Middlemarch by George Eliot 4
Through The Looking Glass by Lewis Carroll 1
Around The World In Eighty Days by Jules Verne 1
Le Ventre De Paris by Émile Zola 1
Torrents Of Spring by Ivan Turgenev 1
The Mysterious Island by Jules Verne 1
The Temptation Of Saint Anthony bu Gustave Flaubert 1
Desperate Remedies by Thomas Hardy 1
Demons by Fyodor Dostoevsky 0
The Man With The Golden Touch by Mór Jókai 0
Tartarin of Tarascon by Alphonse Daudet 0
The Gilded Age: A Tale Of Today by Mark Twain and Charles Dudley Warner 0
Under The Greenwood Tree by Thomas Hardy 0
Work: A Story Of Experience by Louisa May Alcott 0
A Pair Of Blue Eyes by Thomas Hardy 0
Ivan Erazem Tatenbah by Josip Jurčič 0
Nemodlenec by Karolina Světlá 0
Far From The Madding Crowd by Thomas Hardy 0
Ninety-Three by Victor Hugo 0
The Pilot And His Wife by Jonas Lie 0
Seven Brothers by Aleksis Kivi 0
Ressureição by Macahado de Assis 0
The Story Of A Bad Boy by Thomas Bailey Aldrich 0
The Adaventures Of Harry Richmond by George Meredith 0
Man And Wife by Wilkie Collins 0
The Mystery Of Edwin Drood by Charles Dickens 0
Around The Moon by Jules Verne 0
Twenty Thousand Leagues Under The Sea by Jules Verne 0
Venus In Furs by Leopold von Sacher-Masoch 0
The History Of A Town by Mikhail Saltykov-Shchedrin 0
In The Vortex by Aleksey Pisemsky 0
The Golden Rooster by Raffi 0
Little Men by Louisa May Alcott 0
Restored by Emily Spender 0
Squire Arden by Margaret Oliphant 0
Vril by Edward Bulwer-Lytton 0
A Floating City by Jules Verne 0
La Fortune Des Rougon by Émile Zola 0
Who Would Have Thought It? by María Ruiz de Burton 0
The Three Cornered Hat by Pedro Antonio de Alarcón 0

Daniel_Rf, Thursday, 28 May 2020 11:24 (six months ago) link

Le Ventre de Paris, my favourite of the earliest Rougon-Maquart, and not just because it ends with a character saying "Respectable people - what bastards!"

Wuhan!! Got You All in Check (Camaraderie at Arms Length), Thursday, 28 May 2020 11:34 (six months ago) link

I need to read the Rougon-Maquart series. I’ve only read germinal but I really enjoyed the BBC radio dramatisation of the whole series a few years back.

American Fear of Pranksterism (Ed), Thursday, 28 May 2020 12:08 (six months ago) link

I was writing about the series but didn't get that far, here's the one on Le Ventre


Wuhan!! Got You All in Check (Camaraderie at Arms Length), Thursday, 28 May 2020 12:14 (six months ago) link

It's Middlemarch

abcfsk, Thursday, 28 May 2020 12:21 (six months ago) link

how have i been missing all these threads?

koogs, Thursday, 28 May 2020 12:54 (six months ago) link

i've been hitting project gutenberg like mad since getting my ereader about a decade ago now. all the dickens, lots of hardy and other victorians etc, and yet i've read exactly three of the above (madding, looking-glass and edwin drood which can't really count given it's only half a book)

koogs, Thursday, 28 May 2020 13:06 (six months ago) link

Much of this half-decade leaves me cold. Neither naturalism nor the so-called Victorian novel hold much allure as far as I’m concerned. The contrast between this and what was happening in French poetry at the time (Mallarmé, Rimbaud, Verlaine) is staggering, stylistically speaking. I’m tempted to go with Demons, even though it could have used some trimming, or the Flaubert, but I’m loath to vote for him again. That said, there is far too much that I haven’t read here and that seems most intriguing.

pomenitul, Thursday, 28 May 2020 13:07 (six months ago) link

middlemarch and demons is an impossible call for me

the ghost of tom, choad (thomp), Thursday, 28 May 2020 13:11 (six months ago) link

Middlemarch, but it was painful not to vote for Demons

Brad C., Thursday, 28 May 2020 14:40 (six months ago) link

?erewhon on

wasdnous (abanana), Thursday, 28 May 2020 18:29 (six months ago) link

i love demons. and middlemarch.

Fizzles, Thursday, 28 May 2020 21:02 (six months ago) link

Pom otm about the stark contrast. Hardy's never been a favourite of mine. I love 'Demons' but will vote for the wonderful 'Torrents Of Spring' by Ivan Turgenev.

Le Bateau Ivre, Friday, 29 May 2020 10:04 (six months ago) link

not voting and haven't voted in any of these because like everybody else who *is* voting i haven't read most of them but i find it hard to believe any of them are better than Middlemarch which is one of the greatest of all time

Children of Bo-Dom (Noodle Vague), Friday, 29 May 2020 10:55 (six months ago) link

Automatic thread bump. This poll is closing tomorrow.

System, Monday, 1 June 2020 00:01 (six months ago) link

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

System, Tuesday, 2 June 2020 00:01 (six months ago) link

The men of ILB have redeemed themselves.

xyzzzz__, Tuesday, 2 June 2020 11:07 (six months ago) link

seems like an unnecessary and obscurely nasty bit of subtweeting but ok

the ghost of tom, choad (thomp), Tuesday, 2 June 2020 11:45 (six months ago) link

Sorry it was a shit joke (been reading Austen this week so was thinking about that actually good thread)

xyzzzz__, Tuesday, 2 June 2020 11:48 (six months ago) link

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