Wherein We Elect Our Favourite Novels of 1918

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My Antonia by Willa Cather 5
Tarr by Wyndham Lewis 1
The Tin Woodman Of Oz by L Frank Baum 1
The Iron by Harald Kidde 0
Those Folks Of Bulboro by Edgar Wallace 0
Konigsmark by Pierre Benoit 0
Sylvia Scarlett by Compton MacKenzie 0
The Return Of The Soldier by Rebecca West 0
Moon Of Israel by H. Rider Haggard 0
From Nine To Nine by Leo Perutz 0
The Indian Tomb by Thea Von Harbou 0
Man Of Straw by Heinrich Mann 0
Wadzek's Struggle with the Steam Turbine by Alfred Doblin 0
Fairyland by August Gailit 0
Geisha In Rivalry by Nagai Kafu 0
Mimì Bluette... Flower Of My Garden by Guido Da Verona 0
The Trough of the Wave by Olav Duun 0
Student Hidjo by Marco Kartodikromo 0
Meccania by Owen Gregory 0
The Man Who Knew by Edgar Wallace 0
The Magnificent Ambersons by Booth Tarkington 0
The Oakdale Affair by Edgar Rice Burroughs 0
The Rider by Edgar Rice Burroughs 0
Three Live Ghosts by Frederic Isham 0
The Breed Holds Good by Arthur Wright 0
The Magic Pudding by Norman Linsday 0
Over The Odds by Arthur Wright 0
When Nuggets Glistened by Arthur Wright 0
Brood Of The Witch Queen by Sax Rohmer 0
The Roll-Call by Arnold Bennett 0
The Clue Of The Twisted Candle by Edgar Wallace 0
The Crescent Moon by Frances Brett Young 0
Down Under Donovan by Edgar Wallace 0
Joan And Peter by H.G. Wells 0
Love Eternal by H Rider Haggard 0
The Valley Of The Squinting Windows by Brinsley MacNamara 0


Daniel_Rf, Thursday, 19 November 2020 12:17 (five days ago) link

I’ve never read any of these but When Nuggets Glistened is a colossal title

scampus fugit (gyac), Thursday, 19 November 2020 12:20 (five days ago) link

WWI hangover, eh?

I think I recognize Meccania from Alan Moore.

The publication of the Wyndham Lewis is a bit more complex, it's included here because wikipedia lists it by year of US release, sorry for collaborating with american imperialism.

From Nine To Nine and Wadzek's Struggle with the Steam Turbine seem interesting, might request them as x-mas gifts from my German family.

Daniel_Rf, Thursday, 19 November 2020 12:20 (five days ago) link

Gyac, have you ever heard the phrase 'valley of the squinted windows'? Never heard of the book before, but the wiki is a treat. Some choice cuts:

The novel is set in central Ireland c. 1914–16. Garradrimna is a tiny village where everyone is interested in everyone else's business and wishes them to fail.

Reception

Hostility toward the work in MacNamara's native Delvin led to the book's burning shortly after its publication. The stir caused the author's schoolmaster father, James, to be boycotted. In response, Weldon, snr., initiated a high-profile court case against those who thought that they had been described in the novel.[1]

MacNamara's novel has been reprinted several times, particularly when interest in the topic re-emerges. "Valley of the squinting windows" has become a colloquial term in Ireland to refer to a place where judgmental gossip is common.

A Scampo Darkly (Le Bateau Ivre), Thursday, 19 November 2020 12:31 (five days ago) link

The Return Of The Soldier by Rebecca West

this is one of a bunch of female-written wwi things i read a few years ago. she had quite a life by the sounds

https://i.guim.co.uk/img/static/sys-images/BOOKS/Pix/pictures/2011/6/10/1307711664464/Rebecca-West-007.jpg?width=620&quality=85&auto=format&fit=max&s=e8abe87bb6b4bc13731e7a22c328a0ee

koogs, Thursday, 19 November 2020 13:19 (five days ago) link

(oh, maybe i have pictures off on this laptop...!)

koogs, Thursday, 19 November 2020 13:20 (five days ago) link

Rare is quite a savagely funny book but all I've read from the list.

xyzzzz__, Thursday, 19 November 2020 14:31 (five days ago) link

I read My Antonia earlier this year and it was about 100 times better than I'd expected ... I think I had the impression it was a children's book, perhaps because the main characters are children at the start of the story, but it's far more than that

Brad C., Thursday, 19 November 2020 14:45 (five days ago) link

My Antonia also the only one of these I've read and I second the praise.

o. nate, Friday, 20 November 2020 02:58 (four days ago) link

My Antonia would rate high in a poll of the entire decade, let along a single year, which year happened to be one where the Great War swallowed up so much time and talent and shrank the market for ambitious or reflective novels.

The Solace of Fortitude (Aimless), Friday, 20 November 2020 05:08 (four days ago) link

The publication of the Wyndham Lewis is a bit more complex, it's included here because wikipedia lists it by year of US release, sorry for collaborating with american imperialism.

Tarr had a somewhat complicated publishing history anyway so i think it’s legit. I’m a fan; psychology is depicted as a vividly pictorial or dynamic element, and this leads to continual invention of descriptive concepts and a visual/dynamic space that is full and combative and energetic, as you might expect from someone who saw himself in pure form as a satirist and was an exceptional artist. as with much of lewis’ writing the overall effect can be quite unappealing: cynical and unhuman, certainly quite strange. bracing though, and fizzing with energy.

a better painter, draftsman and essayist than a novelist generally. he was a person of ideas and images in words really. tarr probably the easiest to read and best of his novels (tho the v late self-condemned is bleak af, and the revenge for love is pretty savage).

find it hard to believe it’s the best here, tho a quick look suggests it’s the only one i’ve read.

Fizzles, Friday, 20 November 2020 07:26 (four days ago) link

xps to LBI: I had not, but I understood the phrase immediately, sounds like something my nana would have said. There aren’t too many novels set in the Midlands, would be interested in checking that one out.

scampus fugit (gyac), Friday, 20 November 2020 08:34 (four days ago) link

Fucking hell, Edgar Wallace, give it a fucking rest.

cather or west
(Tho the Norman Lindsay is a stone cold childrens fiction classic)

Tsar Bombadil (James Morrison), Friday, 20 November 2020 11:03 (four days ago) link

Wallace was a fucking writing machine. Now people only remember him for writing King Kong and, in Germany, for having his name appropriated for a series of proto-giallo films.

Daniel_Rf, Friday, 20 November 2020 11:10 (four days ago) link

Automatic thread bump. This poll is closing tomorrow.

System, Saturday, 21 November 2020 00:01 (three days ago) link

Georges Duhamel’s Civilisation is missing (not that it matters). I’m sitting this one out, yet again, for lack of knowledgeability.

pomenitul, Saturday, 21 November 2020 00:09 (three days ago) link

Rare is quite a savagely funny book but all I've read from the list.

― xyzzzz__, Thursday, 19 November 2020 bookmarkflaglink

*Tarr

xyzzzz__, Saturday, 21 November 2020 12:28 (three days ago) link

funnily enough just got this thru the post. mainly for its two essays on satire:

https://imgur.com/gallery/exp66Et.jpg

Fizzles, Saturday, 21 November 2020 15:49 (three days ago) link

https://imgur.com/gallery/exp66Et.jpeg

Fizzles, Saturday, 21 November 2020 15:49 (three days ago) link

https://m.imgur.com/gallery/exp66Et.jpg

Fizzles, Saturday, 21 November 2020 15:50 (three days ago) link

fuckit

Fizzles, Saturday, 21 November 2020 15:51 (three days ago) link

https://i.imgur.com/o6Rh7hL.jpeg

Fizzles, Saturday, 21 November 2020 15:55 (three days ago) link

I admire your dedication there, Fizzles.

Tsar Bombadil (James Morrison), Saturday, 21 November 2020 23:56 (three days ago) link

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

System, Sunday, 22 November 2020 00:01 (two days ago) link

I admire your dedication there, Fizzles.


i was *sure* you must able to do it from your phone. but it appears not.

Fizzles, Sunday, 22 November 2020 07:31 (two days ago) link

You can if you’re using zing, I’m far too lazy to do it otherwise for the most part.

scampus fugit (gyac), Sunday, 22 November 2020 08:24 (two days ago) link


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