Wherein We Elect Our Favourite Novels of… the 1880's, pt.1 (1880-1884)

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Poll Results

Adventures Of Huckleberry Finn by Mark Twain 5
The Portrait Of A Lady by Henry James 3
Nana by Émile Zola 2
The Posthomous Memoirs Of Brás Cubas by Machado de Assis 2
The Brothers Karamazov by Fyodor Dosteovsky 2
À Rebours by Joris-Karl Huysmans 2
I Malavoglia by Giovanni Verga 1
Treasure Island by Robert Louis Stevenson 1
Washington Square by Henry James 1
Au Bonheur Des Dames by Émile Zola 0
Ciklamen by Janko Kersnik 0
Pinocchio by Carlo Collodi 0
Une Vie by Guy de Maupassant 0
The Story Of A Country Town by E.W. Howe 0
Hester by Margaret Oliphant 0
My Brother Yves by Pierre Loti 0
Poison by Alexander Kielland 0
The Story Of An African Farm by Olive Schreiner 0
With Fire And Sword by Henryk Sienkiewicz 0
The Only Journey Of His Life by George Vizyinos 0
The Shooting Party by Anton Chekov 0
What Never Dies by Jules Barbey d'Aurevilly 0
Monsieur Vénus by Rachilde 0
The Bread Peddler by Xavier de Montépin 0
A Country Doctor by Sarah Orne Jewett 0
Rautatie by Juhani Aho 0
The Patricide by Alexander Kazbegi 0
Pariksha guru by Lala Srinivas Das 0
The Ironmnaster by Georges Ohnet 0
The Crime Of Sylvestre Bonnard by Anatole France 0
The Prince & The Pauper by Mark Twain 0
Mizora by Mary E Bradley Lane 0
The Fool by Raffi 0
Anne by Constance Fenimoore Wilson 0
Le Marriage De Loti by Pierre Loti 0
Niels Lyhne by Jens Peter Jacobsen 0
Across The Zodiac by Percy Greg 0
Heidi by Johanna Spyri 0
Malombra by Antonio Fogazzaro 0
O Mulato by Aluísio Azevedo 0
David Bek by Raffi 0
As Joias Da Coroa by Raul Pompeia 0
The Story Without A Name by Jules Barbey d'Aurevilly 0
The Green Ray by Jules Verne 0
The Abbot Constantine by Ludovic Halévy 0
Vice Versa by Thomas Anstey Guthrie 0
Cashel Byron's Profession by George Bernard Shaw 0
Venezuela Heroica by Eduardo Blanco 0
Ben Hur: A Tale Of The Christ by Lew Wallace 0

Daniel_Rf, Tuesday, 9 June 2020 11:04 (one year ago) link

À Rebours

rolling keyring (Noodle Vague), Tuesday, 9 June 2020 11:05 (one year ago) link

À Rebours

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Le Bateau Ivre, Tuesday, 9 June 2020 11:12 (one year ago) link

First time I've read more than three books lol so I'll vote.

Very hard between Karamazov, Lady and The Posthomous Memoirs Of Brás Cubas (which has a brand new translation in English btw) (also read Washington and Treasure Island). Might go for Bras Cubas.

Quite like to read Pinocchio and A Rebours. Is The Shooting Party good? Lol I didn't know of its existence!

xyzzzz__, Tuesday, 9 June 2020 11:20 (one year ago) link

Good bit on the friendship and mutual admiration of Henry James and Robert Louis Stevenson in the last LRB:


neith moon (ledge), Tuesday, 9 June 2020 11:26 (one year ago) link

Lol I didn't know of its existence!

Me neither! :-o

Heavy Messages (jed_), Tuesday, 9 June 2020 11:47 (one year ago) link

For some reason in my head reading that LRB piece I thought of Henry James as a young acolyte that RLS adopted while nearing death, surprised to find out Stevenson was actually the younger man.

Went for Brás Cuba as well.

Daniel_Rf, Tuesday, 9 June 2020 12:46 (one year ago) link

Not five years I'm all that aquainted with

abcfsk, Wednesday, 10 June 2020 16:41 (one year ago) link

Adult me says À rebours but reading The Brothers Karamazov was a transformative turning point for me as a teen, so it gets my vote.

pomenitul, Wednesday, 10 June 2020 16:44 (one year ago) link

Automatic thread bump. This poll is closing tomorrow.

System, Saturday, 13 June 2020 00:01 (one year ago) link

Not many Twain stans showing up here, maybe because he refused to paper over all the racism and ignorance of the characters in Huck Finn and it is not properly uplifting or moralistic. Instead, it's amazingly grim stuff, lightly told. The fact that it, like Gulliver's Travels, often gets mistakenly categorized as a children's book is one of the weirdest ironies in the history of literature. Twain and Swift each use the adventures of an innocent main character as a cover to flay humanity and nail its hide to the wall. America is written deeply into The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn and it still describes us, while most Americans are still too blind to see what's up in that book.

A is for (Aimless), Saturday, 13 June 2020 01:02 (one year ago) link

The fact that it's often coupled with Tom Saywer probably doesn't help either.

Daniel_Rf, Saturday, 13 June 2020 11:08 (one year ago) link

it’s been 140 years and there still hasn’t been a book like huckleberry finn. twain perfectly captured the cognitive dissonance that permeates american society, the twisted morality one must develop to believe our way of life is just and godly.

ACABincalifornia (voodoo chili), Saturday, 13 June 2020 11:45 (one year ago) link

I love Huckleberry Finn.

TikTok to the (Alfred, Lord Sotosyn), Saturday, 13 June 2020 12:33 (one year ago) link

"Not many Twain stans showing up here, maybe because he refused to paper over all the racism and ignorance of the characters in Huck Finn and it is not properly uplifting or moralistic."

Doubt Twain will be 'cancelled' anytime soon...

xyzzzz__, Saturday, 13 June 2020 13:56 (one year ago) link

Struggling to think of any canonical works about racism that ARE "uplifting or moralistic", tbh. That does feel like a bit of a strawman argument.

Daniel_Rf, Saturday, 13 June 2020 16:49 (one year ago) link

Concerned library patrons have been trying to cancel Twain for a while:

ILB icon Ernest Hemingway:

All modern American literature comes from one book by Mark Twain called Huckleberry Finn. It's the best book we’ve had. All American writing comes from that. There was nothing before. There has been nothing as good since.

It's not all that, but I voted for it.

Brad C., Saturday, 13 June 2020 17:04 (one year ago) link

That Hemingway quote is still around because he was an ex-newspaperman and knew how to be quotable. His general sentiment is somewhere in the vicinity of being right, even though his judgment, as expressed, is obviously wrong.

A is for (Aimless), Saturday, 13 June 2020 17:44 (one year ago) link

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

System, Sunday, 14 June 2020 00:01 (one year ago) link

My fellow Twain stans arrived!

A is for (Aimless), Sunday, 14 June 2020 01:51 (one year ago) link

See told you Twain wasn't cancelled.

xyzzzz__, Sunday, 14 June 2020 09:47 (one year ago) link

Always extra interested in the votes for books I hadn't heard of so would be interested in the thoughts of the Giovanni Verga voter.

Daniel_Rf, Sunday, 14 June 2020 10:23 (one year ago) link

Couldn't vote, at least 10 masterpieces on this list.

Tsar Bombadil (James Morrison), Wednesday, 17 June 2020 00:28 (one year ago) link

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