Wherein We Elect Our Favourite Novels of 1910

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Poll Results

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The Notebooks Of Malte Laurids Brigge by Rainer Maria Rilke 4
Howards End by E.M. Forster 3
Psmith In The City by P.G. Wodehouse 3
A Gentleman Of Leisure by P.G. Wodehouse 1
The Blue Peril by Maurice Renard 0
The Secret Of Wilhelm Storitz by Jules Verne 0
Pelle The Conqueror by Martin Anderson Nexo 0
The Vagabond by Colette 0
Klimeny Of The Orchard by Lucy Maud Montgomerey 0
The Sorcerer's Apprentice by Hanns Heinz Ewers 0
Der Wehrwolf by Hermann Lons 0
Gertrud by Herman Hesse 0
The Black City by Kálmán Mikszáth 0
Xin Zhongguo by Lu Shi'e 0
The Village by Ivan Bunin 0
Toil Of Men by Israel Querido 0
Silvery Wind by Fráňa Šrámek 0
The Death Of The Earth by J.H. Rosny aîné 0
Impure Blood by Borisav Stanković 0
The Gate by Natsume Soseki 0
Deoraíocht by Pádraic Ó Conaire 0
When The Sleeper Wakes by H.G. Wells 0
Queen Sheba's Ring by H. Rider Haggard 0
A Maid Of The Silver Sea by John Oxenham 0
A Circuit Rider's Wife by Corra May Harris 0
The Emerald City Of Oz by L. Frank Baum 0
The Man Higher Up by Henry Russel Miller 0
A Modern Chronicle by Winston Churchill (not that one) 0
The Getting Of Wisdom by Henry Handel Richardson 0
At The Villa Rose by A.E.W. Mason 0
The Broad Highway by Jeffrey Farnol 0
Clayhanger by Arnold Bennett 0
Aunt Jane's Nieces In Society by L. Frank Baum 0
The Great Gay Road by Tom Gallon 0
Helen With A High Hand by Arnold Bennett 0
The History Of Mr.Polly by H.G. Wells 0
The Magic City by E. Nesbit 0
Morning Star by H. Rider Haggard 0
The Nine Bears by Edgar Wallace 0
Petticoat Government by Baroness Orczy 0
Prester John by John Buchan 0
Burning Daylight by Jack London 0


Daniel_Rf, Thursday, 1 October 2020 11:01 (four weeks ago) link

Went for the Forster of course.

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

Rilke and Soseki are all I've read. The former is just one of the best reads, the latter is solid. I ought to get round to the Colette (a writer I've started reading this year), and Wodehouse's Psmith (again, only started recently).

xyzzzz__, Thursday, 1 October 2020 11:08 (four weeks ago) link

The Rilke is one of my favourite things ever written in any genre. 'Tis a no-brainer.

pomenitul, Thursday, 1 October 2020 12:43 (four weeks ago) link

Absolutely. If you're that talented yet only write one novel, it better be one as good as this.

Ilxor in the streets, Scampo in the sheets (Le Bateau Ivre), Thursday, 1 October 2020 12:51 (four weeks ago) link

Part of what I love about it, aside from the fact that it is clearly a poet's novel, is how it loses the thread without ever losing its way. The shift from 'objective' descriptions of the visible in an urban setting to a proto-existential reframing of the gothic (the Chamberlain's portrait) to a repurposed version of the Parable of the Prodigal Son is everything I want, compositionally speaking, from a novel (fuck plot imo).

pomenitul, Thursday, 1 October 2020 13:04 (four weeks ago) link

I'm going to rule at these polls in about 50 threads' time. I'd probably be doing better if I'd ever found the prospect of Forster appealing - I know he's supposed to be wonderful but eh, it's just never seemed like it'd be my thing.

I own a couple of Colettes that I have yet to read but possibly not that one, and intrigued by the Rilke - didn't know he did a novel tbh.

emil.y, Thursday, 1 October 2020 14:04 (four weeks ago) link

He's sad and kind, is what I like about Forster. ymmv of course.

Daniel_Rf, Thursday, 1 October 2020 14:08 (four weeks ago) link

Automatic thread bump. This poll is closing tomorrow.

System, Sunday, 4 October 2020 00:01 (three weeks ago) link

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

System, Monday, 5 October 2020 00:01 (three weeks ago) link

This seems like the first time in a while that the top spot was actually contested!

Daniel_Rf, Monday, 5 October 2020 12:34 (three weeks ago) link

Still, poetic justice was meted out in the end.

pomenitul, Monday, 5 October 2020 12:36 (three weeks ago) link

In the 2015 UK election the failure of Miliband who had been polling much better than the result, was described as the shy Tory vote.

calzino, Monday, 5 October 2020 12:41 (three weeks ago) link

Oops obv meant for US pol thread!

calzino, Monday, 5 October 2020 12:42 (three weeks ago) link

loool at Forster as Miliband and Rilke as Cameron

Chip-vill-A (imago), Monday, 5 October 2020 12:48 (three weeks ago) link

maybe Wodehouse and Forster is the Con-Dem coalition

Chip-vill-A (imago), Monday, 5 October 2020 12:50 (three weeks ago) link


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