Wherein We Elect Our Favourite Novels of… the 1890's, pt.1 (1890-1894)

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Hunger by Knut Hamson 3
The Picture Of Dorian Grey by Oscar Wilde 3
Bruges-la-Morte by Georges Rodenbach 1
The Singsong Girls Of Shanghai by Han Bangqing 1
The Diary Of A Nobody by George & Weedon Grossmith 1
Tess Of The D'Ubrevilles by Thomas Hardy 1
The Great God Pan by Arthur Machen 1
La Bàs by Joris-Karl Huysmans 1
The Defense Of A Fool by August Strindberg 1
La Bête Humaine by Émile Zola 1
In Strange Company by Guy Boothby 0
Uner The Yoke by Ivan Vazov 0
Trillby by George du Maurier 0
Quincas Borba by Machado de Assis 0
The Story Of A Modern Woman by Ella Hipworth Dixon 0
Enoc Huws by Daniel Owen 0
New Grub Street by George Gissing 0
The Prisoner Of Zenda by Anthony Hope 0
F.L. Vek by Alois Jirasek 0
The Manxman by Hall Caine 0
Footsteps Of Fate by Louis Couperous 0
Puddn'nhead Wilson by Mark Twain 0
Mysteries by Knut Hamson 0
God's Fool: A Koopstad Novel by Maarten Maartens 0
The Tragic Muse by Henry James 0
The Sign Of The Four by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle 0
Wormwood: A Drama Of Paris by Marie Corelli 0
Thais by Anatole France 0
O Cortiço by Aluíso Azevedo 0
The Five Young Gallants by Shi Duo 0
A Bride From The Bush by E.W. Hornung 0
Pan Lakshat Kon Gheto by Hari Narayan Apte 0
Gosta Berling's Saga by Selma Lagerlof 0
Khaled: A Tale Of Arabia by F Marion Crawford 0
Giovanni Episcopo by Gabriele D'Annunzio 0
Iola Leroy by Frances E. W. Harper 0
Mona McLean by Margaret Todd 0
The American Claimant by Mark Twain 0
The History Of David Grieve by Mary Augusta Ward 0
Frau Jenny Treibel by Thedore Fontane 0
A Hazard Of New Fortunes by William Dean Howells 0


Daniel_Rf, Thursday, 18 June 2020 17:20 (two weeks ago) link

This one is hard, could vote for at least five of these.

Anti-Cop Ponceortium (Camaraderie at Arms Length), Thursday, 18 June 2020 17:28 (two weeks ago) link

Quincas Borba by Machado de Assis
The Defense Of A Fool by August Strindberg (https://www.norvikpress.com/book-detail.php?i=112)
Hunger by Knut Hamson

^ I'll go for Defense of a Fool (or The Defence of a Madman). Its quite a trip!

I should re-read Hamsun.

xyzzzz__, Thursday, 18 June 2020 17:30 (two weeks ago) link

I can't believe how few of these I've read. Oh well, always good to have a reading list, I guess.

Greetings from CHAZbury Park (Lily Dale), Thursday, 18 June 2020 18:42 (two weeks ago) link

Read these:

The Picture Of Dorian Grey by Oscar Wilde - Very different from his plays, on the whole, moralistic in a way, but very modern in the compassion in its morality, the preface is all-time of course.

The Sign Of The Four by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle - Worst of the Sherlock novels, the plot may have been original at the time but is no more than a cliche now, also it is a shockingly racist novel.

La Bête Humaine by Émile Zola - Translated as 'The Beast In Man' - Zola's psychological thriller, a film noir story about a homicidal train driver, gripping!

Hunger by Knut Hamson - Very modern in its rich detail of a troubled existence, like a more kitchen sink version of Kafka's The Castle or a less journalistic Down and Out In Paris & London. Excellent despite its author's later actions.

The Diary Of A Nobody by George & Weedon Grossmith - Brilliantly drawn comic novel, still immense fun to read, I think of it as a 19th Century Adrian Mole.

New Grub Street by George Gissing - Tedious grimness without point or redemption, "a cheap holiday in other people's misery"

Tess Of The D'Urbevilles by Thomas Hardy - Think this still stands up, just about. A really very angry book, and an indictment of all the male characters, and by implication the patriarchy, though Hardy would certainly never put it like that.

The Great God Pan by Arthur Machen - Basically an H P Lovecraft novella, published the year he was born. He said “No one could begin to describe the cumulative suspense and ultimate horror with which every paragraph abounds… …the sensitive reader reaches the end with an appreciative shudder.”

Anti-Cop Ponceortium (Camaraderie at Arms Length), Thursday, 18 June 2020 19:51 (two weeks ago) link

Thanks! I've read the first two and Tess. Tried New Grub Street but couldn't get into it, will try again.

Greetings from CHAZbury Park (Lily Dale), Thursday, 18 June 2020 19:55 (two weeks ago) link

Don't bother with New Grub Street, by "read these" I mean "I have read these" (so in this case you don't have to)

Would reccommend The Picture Of Dorian Grey, La Bête Humaine, Hunger, The Diary Of A Nobody and The Great God Pan. Also probably Tess Of The D'Urbevilles.

Anti-Cop Ponceortium (Camaraderie at Arms Length), Thursday, 18 June 2020 19:58 (two weeks ago) link

Hamusn is terrific: terse and hallucinatory in a modern ay.

Tess is all-time.

TikTok to the (Alfred, Lord Sotosyn), Thursday, 18 June 2020 20:06 (two weeks ago) link

Ah, that makes more sense. Thanks!

Greetings from CHAZbury Park (Lily Dale), Thursday, 18 June 2020 20:24 (two weeks ago) link

The Picture Of Dorian Grey by Oscar Wilde - Very different from his plays, on the whole, moralistic in a way, but very modern in the compassion in its morality, the preface is all-time of course.

Always felt a bit of a disconnect between Wilde's aestheticist positions and his fiction, which tends to have pretty clear morals, Picture of Dorian Grey very much included.

Daniel_Rf, Friday, 19 June 2020 09:55 (two weeks ago) link

(voted for it, btw)

Daniel_Rf, Friday, 19 June 2020 09:57 (two weeks ago) link

Grub Street was ok. it was grim, yes.

read 4 or 5 of these - the late 19th really is a hole in my reading - but voted for another grim book, one that made me angry.

koogs, Friday, 19 June 2020 12:07 (two weeks ago) link

This is quite tough. Somewhere between Tess, Hunger, Dorian Grey, Great God Pan and Diary of Nobody. It might be the latter, actually. I was reading it when my son was born and bought it for the midwife to say thank you (maybe not the *best* title, in retrospect).

Vanishing Point (Chinaski), Friday, 19 June 2020 12:18 (two weeks ago) link

Oh, and Trillby! What a strange novel.

Just realised there was no Jekyll and Hyde on the previous list.

Vanishing Point (Chinaski), Friday, 19 June 2020 12:19 (two weeks ago) link

I tend to exclude novellas, and Jekyll & Hyde is a short one at that.

Daniel_Rf, Friday, 19 June 2020 13:16 (two weeks ago) link

Bruges-la-Morte.

pomenitul, Friday, 19 June 2020 13:22 (two weeks ago) link

Aye, fair enough. And, enduring concept aside, I'm not even sure J&H is actually any good.

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Vanishing Point (Chinaski), Friday, 19 June 2020 13:49 (two weeks ago) link

Diary of a nobody is such a beautiful picture of mundane existence. It’s so timeless, which makes the humour work so well.

American Fear of Scampos (Ed), Friday, 19 June 2020 14:05 (two weeks ago) link

Aye, fair enough. And, enduring concept aside, I'm not even sure J&H is actually any good.

I read it and remember next to nothing. The collection I was reading also had "The Merry Men" in it and I found that far more memorable, which is bizarre since J&H is about a man who makes the potion that turns him into a big monster and "The Merry Men" is about...waves hitting rocks.

Daniel_Rf, Friday, 19 June 2020 16:45 (two weeks ago) link

Automatic thread bump. This poll is closing tomorrow.

System, Sunday, 21 June 2020 00:01 (two weeks ago) link

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

System, Monday, 22 June 2020 00:01 (two weeks ago) link

New Grub Street is great, you people are nuts.

Tsar Bombadil (James Morrison), Monday, 22 June 2020 22:19 (two weeks ago) link

Voted for Zola, sans regret.

Scampidocio (Le Bateau Ivre), Monday, 22 June 2020 22:24 (two weeks ago) link


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