Wherein We Elect Our Favourite Novels of 1903

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The Call Of The Wild by Jack London 5
The Way Of All Flesh by Samuel Butler 3
The Ambassadors by Henry James 2
The Riddle Of The Sands by Erskine Childers 2
Gradiva by Wilhelm Jensen 1
The Story Of King Arthur And His Knights by Howard Pyle 1
The Pit by Frank Norris 1
A Prefect's Uncle by P.G. Wodehouse 0
The Private Papers Of Henry Ryecroft by George Gissing 0
Pearl Maiden by H. Rider Haggard 0
Romance by Joseph Conrad and Ford Maddox Ford 0
When Patty Went To College by Jean Webster 0
When It Was Dark by Guy Thorne 0
With Kitchener In The Sudan by G.A. Henty 0
Lisbeth Longfrock by Hans Aanrud 0
Modern Times by Li Boajia 0
Tjerita Oeij Se by Thio Tjin Boen 0
The Nebuly Coat by J. Meade Falkner 0
Lost In Blunderland by Caroline Lewis 0
Enemy Force by John Antoine Nau 0
The Oblate by Joris-Karl Huysmans 0
Travel Scholarships by Jules Verne 0
The Enchanted Island Of Yew by Frank L. Baum 0
The Journal Of Arthur Stirling by Upton Sinclair 0
Lovey Mary by Alice Hegan Rice 0
The One Woman: A Story Of Modern Utopia by Thomas Dixon Junior 0
Rebecca Of Sunnybrook Farm by Kate Douglas Wiggin 0
That Printer Of Udell's by Harold Bell Wright 0
Such Is Life by Joseph Furphy 0
The Jewel Of Seven Stars by Bram Stoker 0
Lady Rose's Daughter by Mary Augusta Ward 0
Toil Of Men by Israel Querido 0

Daniel_Rf, Monday, 7 September 2020 13:17 (four months ago) link

The Way Of All Flesh for me. There's a bit in it where a cruel father punishes this toddler for mispronoucing a word that is totally heart rending, couldn't be farther from Victorian sentimentality.

Shout out also to The Riddle Of The Sands, one of the most bafflingly enjoyable reading experiences I've had. All those instructions on how to sail just washed over me like soothing white noise.

Daniel_Rf, Monday, 7 September 2020 13:19 (four months ago) link

These single-year lists are mostly a wash for me, but I was obsessed with Pyle's Arthur and Robin Hood when I was a kid so I voted for that. I think Call of the Wild is the only other one I've read, also in childhood

rob, Monday, 7 September 2020 13:47 (four months ago) link

I've only read one of these. It's the one everyone's read. It's one of my all-time children's favourites (although it's not really for children!) and I probably have to vote for it - the sounding of the call indeed...

imago, Monday, 7 September 2020 13:49 (four months ago) link

only one I've read is The Call of The Wild, and I have forgotten almost all of it, maybe I didn't read the whole thing?

Anti-Cop Ponceortium (Camaraderie at Arms Length), Monday, 7 September 2020 15:02 (four months ago) link

I’ve read Call of the Wild but it didn’t stick with me half so much as White Fang. I’ll wait for the 1906 poll to talk about that one.

scampo italiano (gyac), Monday, 7 September 2020 15:08 (four months ago) link

This has a lot more on it that I've read than the previous few. Thought about voting The Ambassadors because it's the only Henry James I like, but think I'll have to go with The Way of All Flesh.

Lily Dale, Monday, 7 September 2020 15:25 (four months ago) link

Another vote for "I read Call of the Wild as a kid and none of the others on this list".

emil.y, Monday, 7 September 2020 15:36 (four months ago) link

I re-read it recently with a student. It's legitimately brilliant imo

imago, Monday, 7 September 2020 15:52 (four months ago) link

The Ambassadors

Brad C., Monday, 7 September 2020 16:01 (four months ago) link

Gradiva for the Freudian cred. Re: London, I've only read White Fang, which twelve year-old me thought was bad-ass (still is).

pomenitul, Monday, 7 September 2020 20:17 (four months ago) link

i think i've read call of the wild but looking back i'm not sure if i read the real book or some classics illustrated version.

(The Other) J.D. (J.D.), Monday, 7 September 2020 22:14 (four months ago) link

The Pit -- kinda feel like Norris is the Len Deighton of muckraker fiction, but I like Deighton and have a definite soft spot for where economics, sociology, and history meet fiction

sarahell, Monday, 7 September 2020 23:57 (four months ago) link

I've only read call of the wild. Want to read the Erskine Childers even just as a curio for someone involved in amateur RA studies

rascal clobber (jim in vancouver), Tuesday, 8 September 2020 00:47 (four months ago) link

Lots of unfamiliar books by familiar authors.

Read call of the wild a few years ago and it prompted me to read more Jack London like The Iron Heel which predicts WWII. Quite depressing in its depictions of class war.

koogs, Tuesday, 8 September 2020 07:48 (four months ago) link

I'm not entirely confident that Gradiva is better than Freud's praesee of it, but having read the latter I'm not sure I need to read the former

imago, Tuesday, 8 September 2020 08:58 (four months ago) link

please tell me I'm not the only one that had to look that word up?

sarahell, Tuesday, 8 September 2020 19:39 (four months ago) link

It's a deliberate misspelling of précis, no?

pomenitul, Tuesday, 8 September 2020 19:53 (four months ago) link

Automatic thread bump. This poll is closing tomorrow.

System, Wednesday, 9 September 2020 00:01 (four months ago) link

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

System, Thursday, 10 September 2020 00:01 (four months ago) link

Wherein We Elect Our Favourite Novels of 1904

Daniel_Rf, Thursday, 10 September 2020 12:19 (four months ago) link

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