Wherein We Elect Our Favourite Novels of 1909

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Jakob Von Gunten by Robert Walser 4
Vita Sexualis by Mori Ogai 2
The Phantom Of The Opera by Gaston Leroux 1
The Hollow Needle by Maurice Leblanc 1
Martin Eden by Jack London 1
Colette Baudoche by Maurice Barres 0
Anne Of Avonlea by Lucy Maud Montgomerey 0
Tono-Bungay by H.G. Wells 0
The Swoop by P.G. Wodehouse 0
The Rosary by Florence L. Barclay 0
The Nest Of The Sparrowhawk by Baroness Orczy 0
The Nature Of A Crime by Ford Maddox Ford and Joseph Conrad 0
Mr.Justice Raffles by E.W. Hornung 0
A Wanderer Plays On Muted Strings by Knut Hamson 0
Strait Is The Gate by André Gide 0
That Luzmela Girl by Concha Espina 0
Dawn by Inigo Ed. Regalado 0
Gunnar's Daughter by Sigrid Undset 0
Gora by Rabindranath Tagore 0
The City Of Beautiful Nonsense by Ernest Temple Thurston 0
The Wretched by Faustino Aguilar 0
Bizarre Happenings Eyewitnessed over Two Decades by Wu Jianren 0
Sorekara by Nastume Soseki 0
The Survivors Of The Jonathan by Jules Verne 0
The Luck Stone by P.G. Wodehouse 0
The Lady Of The Shroud by Bram Stoker 0
The Lady Of Blossholme by H. Rider Haggard 0
Three Lives by Gerturde Stein 0
The Story Of The Grail And The Passion Of King Arthur by Howard Pyle 0
The Sky Pirate by Garrett P. Serviss 0
The Road To Oz by L. Frank Baum 0
The Red City by Silas Weir Mitchell 0
Old Rose & Silver by Myrtle Reed 0
A Little Girl In Old Pittsburgh by Amanda Minnie Douglas 0
A Girl Of The Limberlost by Gene Stratton-Porter 0
Elusive Isabel by Jacques Futrelle 0
Comrades by Thomas Dixon Jr 0
The Poison Of Polygamy by Wong Shee Ping 0
A Rogue's Luck by Arthur Wright 0
The Infamous John Friend by Marta Roscoe Garnett 0
The Ghost Pirates by William Hope Hodgson 0
A Fair Impostor by Charles Garvice 0
The Duke In The Suburbs by Edgar Wallace 0
Captain Tatham by Edgar Wallace 0
Bella Donna by Robert Hitchens 0
Beatrice The Sixteenth by Irene Clyde 0
The Ball And The Cross by G.K. Chesterton 0
Ann Veronica by H.G. Wells 0
Some Everrday Folk And Dawn by Miels Franklin 0
Aunt Jane's Nieces by L. Frank Baum 0


Daniel_Rf, Monday, 28 September 2020 16:03 (three weeks ago) link

I haven't read any of these, not even Phantom Of The Opera - is it good?

Daniel_Rf, Monday, 28 September 2020 16:05 (three weeks ago) link

The whole decade is an almost complete blind spot for me.

Missing: Colette's L'ingénue libertine.

pomenitul, Monday, 28 September 2020 16:20 (three weeks ago) link

"jakob von gunten" is wonderful

He speaks like a flopped somersault and behaves like a big improbability pummeled into human shape.

^ remains one of my favorite descriptions / insults

budo jeru, Monday, 28 September 2020 16:25 (three weeks ago) link

I've read several. As influential as Stein's Three Lives was, I'm going with Martin Eden, Jack London as the one that fascinated me. London's explanation of the book was that he tried to imagine the closest thing to a Nietzschean 'superman' and show that in the end no individual can overcome the society in which he lives if that society is stacked against him, thus proving that socialism was the far superior philosophy. As a fictional contrivance, the book does not 'prove' anything, but like the kids these days say, it's "totally off the hook".

the unappreciated charisma of cows (Aimless), Monday, 28 September 2020 17:11 (three weeks ago) link

The Phantom of the Opera is better than I expected it to be, more hallucinatory and bizarre than frightening; there are some big set pieces that didn't make it into the Lon Chaney silent movie, which otherwise captures the feel of book.

We had some earlier discussion about how strangely contemporary translations rendered Leroux in English, and that phenomenon is in full effect here.

Brad C., Monday, 28 September 2020 17:22 (three weeks ago) link

like the kids these days say, it's "totally off the hook"

I'm not sure they say that anymore, Aimless. ;)

pomenitul, Monday, 28 September 2020 17:26 (three weeks ago) link

You just can't trust kids these days!

the unappreciated charisma of cows (Aimless), Monday, 28 September 2020 18:08 (three weeks ago) link

The Hollow Needle is a really fun book. Etretat, where it's set, is also a gorgeous place; I went there with my housemates when I lived in France and it's one of my favorite memories from that year.

Lily Dale, Monday, 28 September 2020 18:14 (three weeks ago) link

My wife visited Etretat in 1981, several years before we married, and we still have two cute little egg cups she brought back from there.

the unappreciated charisma of cows (Aimless), Monday, 28 September 2020 18:16 (three weeks ago) link

Jakob van Gunten, definitely.

Tsar Bombadil (James Morrison), Tuesday, 29 September 2020 06:38 (three weeks ago) link

^^^based on the few i've read: yep!

have always been curious about those ford/conrad collaborations.

no lime tangier, Tuesday, 29 September 2020 06:48 (three weeks ago) link

Automatic thread bump. This poll is closing tomorrow.

System, Wednesday, 30 September 2020 00:01 (three weeks ago) link

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

System, Thursday, 1 October 2020 00:01 (three weeks ago) link

Wherein We Elect Our Favourite Novels of 1910

Daniel_Rf, Thursday, 1 October 2020 11:02 (three weeks ago) link


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