Wherein We Elect Our Favourite Novels of 1914

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OptionVotes
Locus Solus by Raymond Roussel 4
Kokoro by Natsume Soseki 2
The Ragged-Trousered Philantropists by Robert Noonan 1
At The Earth's Core by Edgar Rice Burroughs 1
The Wanderer's Necklace by H Rider Haggard 0
The Wife Of Sir Isaac Harman by H.G. Wells 0
The World Set Free by H.G. Wells 0
The Barsac Mission by Michel Verne 0
Sinister Street by Compton MacKenzie 0
The Gray Cloth by Paul Scheerbart 0
Rosshalde by Herman Hesse 0
The War Of The Oxen by Ludwig Ganghofer 0
The Emperor Of Portugallia by Selma Lagerlof 0
Benigna Machiavelli by Charlotte Perkins Gilman 0
Avenge Me...! by Precioso Palma 0
The Lawsuit Of The Twins by Samuel Edward Krune Mqhayi 0
Maria Bonita by Afrânio Peixoto 0
Mist by Miguel de Unamuno 0
Parineeta by Sarat Chandra Chattopadhyay 0
Our Mr.Wrenn by Sinclair Lewis 0
Innocent: Her Fancy And His Fact by Marie Corelli 0
A Gamble For Love by Nathaniel Gould 0
Angel Island by Inez Haynes Gilmore 0
Aunt Jane's Nieces Out West by L. Frank Baum 0
The Beasts Of Tarzan by Edgar Rice Burroughs 0
The Fates Of The Princes Of Dyfed by Cenydd Morus 0
Kazan by James Oliver Curwood 0
Last Of The Duanes by Zane Grey 0
The Mad King by Edgar Rice Burroughs 0
The Mutiny Of The Elsinore by Jack London 0
Personality Plus by Edna Ferber 0
Tik-Tok Of Oz by L. Frank Baum 0
The Titan by Theodore Dreiser 0
Vandover And The Brute by Frank Norris 0
The Warlord Of Mars by Edgar Rice Burroughs 0
In The Last Stride by Arthur Wright 0
Aladore by Henry Newbolt 0
Deep Sea by Francis Brett Young 0
The Flying Inn by GK Chesterton 0
Vaaren by Sigrid Undset 0


Daniel_Rf, Monday, 19 October 2020 12:27 (one month ago) link

Kokoro for me - the tragicomedy of the protagonist obsessing so much over obedience to his mentor while treating his actual parents like shit.

The Corelli and Lagerlof both sound intriguing.

nb the Chesterton is the one where the UK falls under islamic rule and as a result - worst of all possible consequences! - alcohol is forbbiden so the hero travels around the country helping people get turnt. Unlikely to get a BBC adaptation anytime soon (or is it??).

Daniel_Rf, Monday, 19 October 2020 12:31 (one month ago) link

I have read none of these.

The World Set Free is mentioned in The Making of the Atomic Bomb as inspiring Leo Szilard to work towards developing the bomb. He's the guy who first came up with the idea of the chain reaction, and the guy who wrote the letter Einstein signed and sent to FDR.

wasdnous (abanana), Monday, 19 October 2020 12:56 (one month ago) link

Oh, oh, I've got one! An actual favourite on the list! Vote early, vote Roussel.

emil.y, Monday, 19 October 2020 13:22 (one month ago) link

Also voting Roussel. I haven’t read Kokoro, alas.

pomenitul, Monday, 19 October 2020 13:24 (one month ago) link

Roussel for sure. Read it back in my undergrad days after hearing that it was one of Ashbery's faves

healthy cocaine off perfect butts (the table is the table), Monday, 19 October 2020 14:09 (one month ago) link

Kokoro or Ragged-Trousers.
Angel Island is interesting and depressing: some men are shipwrecked on an island of winged women, spend the rest of the books subjugating and ruining the women's lives, then cut off their wings.
World Set Free is also interesting but minor Wells.

Tsar Bombadil (James Morrison), Monday, 19 October 2020 23:39 (one month ago) link

Automatic thread bump. This poll is closing tomorrow.

System, Wednesday, 21 October 2020 00:01 (one month ago) link

Komodo is his best, such an intense reading experience

xyzzzz__, Wednesday, 21 October 2020 08:52 (one month ago) link

Roussel far and away the most interesting author on this list.

Zelda Zonk, Wednesday, 21 October 2020 09:30 (one month ago) link

Would be pretty awesome if the book was called Komodo.

Daniel_Rf, Wednesday, 21 October 2020 09:48 (one month ago) link

Lol autocorrect why

xyzzzz__, Wednesday, 21 October 2020 10:06 (one month ago) link

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

System, Thursday, 22 October 2020 00:01 (one month ago) link

A locus, a solus, oooh you need a bolus
Of the trousers, so ragged, read H Rider Haggard
Oh the earth's core, Rice Burroughs, baby why don't we go
Down to Kokoro
We'll read it fast and then we'll read it slow
That's where we want to go
Way down to Kokoro

emil.y, Thursday, 22 October 2020 00:12 (one month ago) link

astonishing!

Tsar Bombadil (James Morrison), Thursday, 22 October 2020 04:34 (one month ago) link

lol wow emily

Daniel_Rf, Thursday, 22 October 2020 09:51 (one month ago) link

Yeah Emily that's amazing :D

Ilxor in the streets, Scampo in the sheets (Le Bateau Ivre), Thursday, 22 October 2020 09:51 (one month ago) link

Wherein We Elect Our Favourite Novels of 1915

Daniel_Rf, Thursday, 22 October 2020 12:38 (one month ago) link

wow

healthy cocaine off perfect butts (the table is the table), Friday, 23 October 2020 14:13 (one month ago) link


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