Wherein We Elect Our Favourite Novels of 1900

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Bored enough to get back to this. Going year by year now so at least if there's omissions the fault is wikipedia's, not mine.

Poll Results

Lord Jim by Joseph Conrad 5
Claudine At School by Colette 3
Three Men On The Bummel by Jerome K Jerome 1
The Wonderful Wizard Of Oz by Frank L. Baum 1
The Diary Of A Chambermaid by Octave Mirbeau 1
The Romance Of Leonardo Da Vinci by Dmitry Merezhkovsky 1
The Will Of An Eccentric by Jules Verne 0
Aşk-ı Memnu by Halid Ziya Uşaklıgil 0
Bhadrambhadra by Ramanbhai Neelkanth 0
The Castaway Of The Flag by Jules Verne 0
Captain Tempesta by Emilio Salgari 0
The Flame by Gabriele D'Annunzio 0
The Hidden Force by Louis Couperus 0
Inevitable by Louis Couperus 0
The Knights Of The Cross by Henryk Sienkiewicz 0
The Deeps of Deliverance by Frederik van Eeden 0
Ludzie bezdomni by Stefan Żeromski 0
Tiara i korona by Teodor Jeske-Choiński 0
The Tigers of Mompracem by Emilio Salgari 0
The House Behind The Cedars by Charles W. Chesnutt 0
The Struggle for Empire: A Story of the Year 2236 by Robert William Cole 0
Alice Of Old Vincennes by Maurice Thompson 0
Contending Forces by Pauline Hopkins 0
Eben Holden by Irving Bacheller 0
A Man's Woman by Frank Norris 0
Monsieur Beaucaire by Booth Tarkington 0
NEQUA or The Problem of the Ages by Jack Adams 0
Sister Carrie by Theodore Dreiser 0
Unleavened Bread by Robert Grant 0
The World A Department Store by Bradford C. Peck 0
Path And Goal by Ada Cambridge 0
The Woman Of Death by Guy Boothby 0
The Brass Bottle by F. Anstey 0
Eleanor by Mary Augusta Ward 0
The Godess: A Demon by Richard Marsh 0
The Half Hearted by John Buchan 0
Love And Mr.Lewisham by H.G. Wells 0
Tjerita Si Tjonat by F. D. J. Pangemanann 0

Daniel_Rf, Wednesday, 26 August 2020 15:43 (one year ago) link

Voted for "Lord Jim" because at one point a character says "do you think me mad with the funk?".

Daniel_Rf, Wednesday, 26 August 2020 15:44 (one year ago) link

i was going to say 'shamefully' but i'm not actually sure it is all that shameful, but i've only read Lord Jim. I have never read the JKJ Three Men sequel. As always the foreign language ones sound the most enticing.

Fizzles, Wednesday, 26 August 2020 15:58 (one year ago) link

Same here. This is an opaque decade for me, novel-wise.

pomentiful (pomenitul), Wednesday, 26 August 2020 16:02 (one year ago) link

I've hated Lord Jim since I was a kid, so I guess it's Claudine At School for me.

Lily Dale, Wednesday, 26 August 2020 16:29 (one year ago) link

Haven't read a thing.

Hjalmar Soderberg - Doctor Glas (1905) is really great tho'.

xyzzzz__, Wednesday, 26 August 2020 18:12 (one year ago) link

have only read claudine at school and wonderful wizard of oz. went with claudine since i remember it being very funny and my memory is that the first oz book was not one of the very best.

(The Other) J.D. (J.D.), Thursday, 27 August 2020 00:21 (one year ago) link

wow, very cool, some interesting-looking things here.

all I've read is Oz and Lord Jim, very intrigued by the "in the year 2236" and the D'Annunzio

surprisingly I don't think I've read these early Verne works

sleeve, Thursday, 27 August 2020 00:27 (one year ago) link

o rly

With Sister Carrie, first published in 1900, Theodore Dreiser transformed the conventional "fallen woman" story into a genuinely innovative and powerful work of fiction. As he hurled his impressionable midwestern heroine into the throbbing, amoral world of the big city, he revealed, with brilliant insight, the deep and driving forces of American culture: the restless idealism, glamorous materialism, and basic spiritual innocence.

mookieproof, Thursday, 27 August 2020 00:29 (one year ago) link

The Will Of An Eccentric by Jules Verne

just looked this one up and, uh, wow:

William J. Hypperbone, an eccentric millionaire, living in Chicago, has left the sum of his fortune, $60,000,000, to the first person to reach the end of "The Noble Game of the United States of America." The game he devised is based upon the board game "The Noble Game of Goose"; however, in his version, the players are the tokens and the game board is the United States. The contestants are Max Réal (with his companion Tommy); Tom Crabbe (with his trainer John Milner); Hermann Titbury (with his wife Kate); Harris T. Kymbale (on his own); Lizzie Wag (with her friend Jovita Foley); Hodge Urrican (with his companion Turk) and the mysterious player only known as "XKZ." And who is this mysterious "XKZ" who was added to the game by a codicil to the will? Time and completion of the game will tell.

(The Other) J.D. (J.D.), Thursday, 27 August 2020 00:51 (one year ago) link

'westing game' better

mookieproof, Thursday, 27 August 2020 00:58 (one year ago) link

Is that Verne book the first example of the "crazy old rich person leaves insane terms for inheritance" trope?

Daniel_Rf, Thursday, 27 August 2020 09:51 (one year ago) link

Ol' Sigmund disapproves of Gradiva's absence.

pomentiful (pomenitul), Thursday, 27 August 2020 13:11 (one year ago) link

Automatic thread bump. This poll is closing tomorrow.

System, Sunday, 30 August 2020 00:01 (one year ago) link

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

System, Monday, 31 August 2020 00:01 (one year ago) link

Wherein We Elect Our Favourite Novels of 1901

Daniel_Rf, Monday, 31 August 2020 10:22 (one year ago) link

Oh you switched to a yearly basis, my bad.


pomentiful (pomenitul), Monday, 31 August 2020 12:48 (one year ago) link

should I read Lord Jim? this online course about fiction writing I listened to referenced and upheld it an awful lot

doorstep jetski (dog latin), Monday, 31 August 2020 16:04 (one year ago) link

I hated it when I read it at 12, then read it again at 21 and hated it again. So I'm about due to give it another try.

Lily Dale, Monday, 31 August 2020 16:11 (one year ago) link

The first two-thirds of Lord Jim is really good, but the ending relies on Noble Savage/White Savior tropes that were already played out in 1900.

I'd say read it anyway, especially as a companion to Heart of Darkness (same narrator).

Brad C., Monday, 31 August 2020 17:15 (one year ago) link

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