Wherein We Elect Our Favourite Novels of 1906

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specific novels such as imago

Poll Results

OptionVotes
The Jungle by Upton Sinclair 5
The Confusions Of Young Torless by Robert Musil 4
White Fang by Jack London 3
The Railway Children by E. Nesbit 2
The Story Of The Amulet by E. Nesbit 1
Love Amongst The Chickens by P.G. Wodehouse 1
Imago by Carl Spitteler 1
Jiuming Qiyuan by Wu Jianren 0
Botchan by Natsume Soseki 0
Juan Masili: Ang Pinuno ng Tulisan by Patricio Mariano 0
Beneath The Wheel by Herman Hesse 0
From Early Dawn To Full Light by Lope K. Santos 0
The Wonderful Adventures Of Nils by Selma Lagerlof 0
The Way Of The Spirit by H. Rider Haggard 0
Wings by Mikhail Kuzmin 0
The King Of The Sea by Emillio Salgari 0
Under The Autumn Star by Knut Hamson 0
Una Donna by Sibilia Aleramo 0
Queen Of The Rushes by Allen Raine 0
Pinaglahuan by Faustino S. Aguilar 0
The Paul Street Boys by Ferenc Molnar 0
On The Field Of Glory by Henryk Sienkiewicz 0
Noukadubi by Rabindranath Tagore 0
Mother by Maxim Gorky 0
Mister Kampanus by Zikmund Winter 0
Kusamakura by Natsume Soseki 0
Sir Nigel by Arthur Conan Doyle 0
Running Water by A.E.W. Mason 0
The Scarlet Empire by David McLean Parry 0
Queen Silver-Bell by Frances Hodgson Burnett 0
Jane Cable by George Barr McCutcheon 0
Imre: A Memorandum by Edward Prime-Stevenson 0
The Dragon Painter by Mary McNeil Fenollosa 0
Daughters Of Destiny by L. Frank Baum 0
The Awakening Of Helena Ritchie by Margaret Deland 0
The Golden Volcano by Jules Verne 0
Doctor Omega by Arnould Galopin 0
The Spirit Of The Border by Zane Grey 0
The Spoilers by Rex Beach 0
Peter Pan In Kensington Gardens by J.M. Barrie 0
In The Days Of The Comet by H.G. Wells 0
I Will Repay by Baroness Orczy 0
The History Of Richard Raynal, Solitary by Robert Hugh Benson 0
The Man Of Property by John Galsworthy 0
The Call Of The Blood by Robert Hitchens 0
Beyond The Rocks by Elinor Glyn 0
The Beloved Vagabond by William John Locke 0
Bardelys The Magnificent by Rafael Sabatini 0
The Broken Commandment by Toson Shimazaki 0


Daniel_Rf, Friday, 18 September 2020 10:14 (one month ago) link

Voted for Musil's angsty slice of yaoi. Quite a year for gay fiction it seems, with Wings and Imre in there as well.

I own Soseki's Botchan and the Shimazaki, should really get around to reading them.

Daniel_Rf, Friday, 18 September 2020 10:16 (one month ago) link

A good year, and I’ll come back and write more about my favourites later, but I voted for The Railway Children.

scampo italiano (gyac), Friday, 18 September 2020 10:30 (one month ago) link

I remember liking both of the Soseki books listed here but read them a long time ago.

That + Musil means I've read three books listed for the first time. Going for Musil though, again, I should give it another once over.

xyzzzz__, Friday, 18 September 2020 10:44 (one month ago) link

so Baum was writing non-oz books alongside the oz books? (and those oz books aren't short - i thought it'd be fun to read them all but had imagined them to be like 100 pages each)

the other surprise is that Soseki is a C19 author - i had them pegged as much later

koogs, Friday, 18 September 2020 10:44 (one month ago) link

I had to remove some Baum books to keep the list to 50! Dude must have had some gambling debts.

Also removed Soseki's I Am A Cat because a) not very good and b) very clearly columns stitched together into a novel

Daniel_Rf, Friday, 18 September 2020 10:48 (one month ago) link

Not read a lot from this year (Hamsun, E. Nesbit, Soseki) but they're all really great. Soseki gets my vote, easily, a beautiful poetic meditation.

How's Hesse's 'Beneath the Wheel'?

Monte Scampino (Le Bateau Ivre), Friday, 18 September 2020 10:53 (one month ago) link

The Molnar and Wodehouse are funny but early works. Botchan or Torless or Wings or Railway Children is a hard choice.

Tsar Bombadil (James Morrison), Friday, 18 September 2020 12:47 (one month ago) link

Wow, E. Nesbit is running against herself here. I had to vote Story of the Amulet because it's so brilliant (first children's time-travel book ever!) and I love it despite the awful anti-semitic chapter.

Lily Dale, Friday, 18 September 2020 20:55 (one month ago) link

Automatic thread bump. This poll is closing tomorrow.

System, Sunday, 20 September 2020 00:01 (one month ago) link

The Jungle was the most influential

Et Dieu crea l' (Michael White), Sunday, 20 September 2020 14:16 (one month ago) link

The Jungle was the most influential

― Et Dieu crea l' (Michael White), Sunday, September 20, 2020 7:16 AM (seven hours ago)

I agree, but also I was wondering -- whether non-US ilxors share this opinion?

sarahell, Sunday, 20 September 2020 21:38 (one month ago) link

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

System, Monday, 21 September 2020 00:01 (one month ago) link

Depends on the terms I guess sarahell. In terms of popularity/belovedness I think Railway Children is bigger in Europe - or the UK, at least; in terms of critical respect I think the Musil might have it? One thing's for sure though, when Sinclair gets mentioned here it's always because of his real life influence.

Daniel_Rf, Monday, 21 September 2020 10:13 (one month ago) link

Forgot to actually vote for Kusamakura it seems. Oh well.

Monte Scampino (Le Bateau Ivre), Monday, 21 September 2020 10:14 (one month ago) link

Wherein We Elect Our Favourite Novels of 1907

Daniel_Rf, Monday, 21 September 2020 14:36 (one month ago) link

I would argue that Story of the Amulet, as the book that invented children's time-travel literature, is pretty influential as well. I may be wrong, but I think it's also the first book of any kind where people travel in time by magic as opposed to inventing a time machine? So it really creates a whole genre of time-travel fantasy that extends beyond children's lit, all the way to something like Kindred.

Lily Dale, Monday, 21 September 2020 16:44 (one month ago) link

I think A Conneticut Yankee In King Arthur's Court did that first?

Daniel_Rf, Tuesday, 22 September 2020 09:44 (one month ago) link

Oh, you're right! I had a feeling I was forgetting something.

Lily Dale, Tuesday, 22 September 2020 14:33 (one month ago) link


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