Wherein We Elect Our Favourite Novels of 1921

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The Good Soldier Švejk by Jaroslav Hašek 5
Sodom and Gomorrah by Marcel Proust 3
Chrome Yellow by Aldous Huxley 1
The Crime Of Roulettabille by Gaston Leroux 0
Rilla Of Ingelside by Lucy Maud Montgomerey 0
What Timmy Did by Marie Belloc Lowndes 0
Vera by Elizabeth Von Arnim 0
She And Allan by H Rider Haggard 0
Scaramouche by Rafael Sabatini 0
Rich Relatives by Compton Mackenzie 0
The Red Knight by Frances Brett Young 0
Memoirs Of A M*dget by Walter De La Mare 0
The True Story of Ah Q by Lu Xun 0
Batouala by René Maran 0
Capillaria by Frigyes Karinthy 0
Troll-Elgen by Mikkjel Fønhus 0
Jasmine Without Fragrance by Iñigo Ed. Regalado 0
Prithivivallabh by Kanaiyalal Maneklal Munshi 0
Odin In Fairyland by Olav Duun 0
Heartless Love by Iñigo Ed. Regalado 0
The Woman Thou Gavest Me by Hall Caine 0
A Dark Night's Passing by Shiga Naoya 0
Currito Of The Cross by Alejandro Pérez Lugín 0
A Child Of Sorrow by Zoilo Galang 0
The Master Of Man by Hall Caine 0
The Law Of The Four Just Men by Edgar Wallace 0
Simon Called Peter by Robert Keable 0
The Royal Book Of Oz by L Frank Baum 0
The Old Tobacco Shop by William Bowen 0
The Mucker by Edgar Rice Burroughs 0
Jason, Son Of Jason by John Ulrich Giesy 0
The Great Quest by Charles Boardman Hawes 0
Figures Of Earth by James Branch Cabell 0
Cedric The Forester by Bernard Marshall 0
The Blind Spot by Eon Flint 0
Alice Adams by Booth Tarkington 0
Tarzan The Terrible by Edgar Rice Burroughs 0
Three Soldiers by John Dos Passos 0
Joanna Godden by Sheila Kaye-Smith 0
Indiscretions Of Archie by P.G. Wodehouse 0
Dimsie Moves Up by Dorita Fairlie Bruce 0
The Book Of All Power by Edgar Wallace 0
The Black Dimaond by Frances Brett Young 0
Anthony Lyveden by Dornford Yates 0
Rigby's Romance by Tom Collins 0
Fettered By Fate by Arthur Wright 0
The Windy Hill by Cornelia Meigs 0
To The Last Man by Zane Grey 0
The Black Moth by Georgette Heyer 0


Daniel_Rf, Monday, 30 November 2020 17:04 (one month ago) link

The Good Soldier Švejk by Jaroslav Hašek

I haven't read this one but I've read about it and I'm now trying to work out why. Some relation to another piece of Czech lit, or some Czech New Wave filmmaker talking about it maybe?

emil.y, Monday, 30 November 2020 17:13 (one month ago) link

Quite good, but it was like 35 years ago when i read it.
It's unfinished or stops oddly sharply isn't it?
Adventures of a total anti hero amongst great ineptness etc

I think that is the one out of that list I actually finished. GOt about 1/2 way through the Dos Passos I think it was my travel book for a while then got replaced.

noot read Tarzan the not very good anyway.

Stevolende, Monday, 30 November 2020 17:42 (one month ago) link

Proust again, really warming to his subject.

dow, Monday, 30 November 2020 18:11 (one month ago) link

Write-in for Louis Aragon’s Anicet ou le panorama, ‘cause I’m a sucker for poetic novels about poets (Rimbaud is looming in the background). Otherwise: Proust 4evah.

pomenitul, Monday, 30 November 2020 18:15 (one month ago) link

'Vera' is a pretty good portrait of domestic psychological abuse, rather different from von Antrim's other books.
'Chrome Yellow' is enjoyablecomedy-mode Huxley.
'Švejk' is great, but yes, it does just stop, but to be fair that's because it was being serialised and Hasek dropped dead.
'Capillaria' by Frigyes Karinthy I have just bought but not yet read: overtly science-fictional Hungarian sequel to Gulliver's Travels
'The True Story of Ah Q' is very interesting. Lu Xun was obsessed with stamping out cannibalism, though how much of a problem this was I don't know.
'A Dark Night's Passing' I also own, but I haven't read it yet.
'Alice Adams' is good melodrama, but nothing earth-shattering.
Proust for the win, though.

Tsar Bombadil (James Morrison), Monday, 30 November 2020 23:51 (one month ago) link

The Good Soldier Švejk by Jaroslav Hašek
Always on my bedside table

Et Dieu crea l' (Michael White), Tuesday, 1 December 2020 13:39 (one month ago) link

Kafka, I believe, said that Hasek was found funny and he depressing, and that opinion was inverted.

Et Dieu crea l' (Michael White), Tuesday, 1 December 2020 13:42 (one month ago) link

Švejk is v good. i’m curious about the de la Mare, which i’ve never read. many of his short stories are excellent.

Fizzles, Tuesday, 1 December 2020 13:43 (one month ago) link

did he?! didn’t know that but i think it’s otm. kafka is v funny i think but that was only something i picked up on recently. švejk has a sort of melancholy undertow.

Fizzles, Tuesday, 1 December 2020 13:44 (one month ago) link

Automatic thread bump. This poll is closing tomorrow.

System, Wednesday, 2 December 2020 00:01 (one month ago) link

i stopped reading Alrdtp part of the way through Sodom & Gomorrah. Not because it was bad but because I was forgetting the events of the earlier books.

wasdnuos (abanana), Wednesday, 2 December 2020 10:14 (one month ago) link

Depressingly, although I've heard of many if not most of these, I haven't read a single one. I have spent my entire life thinking I should start reading Proust

Zelda Zonk, Wednesday, 2 December 2020 10:48 (one month ago) link

I knew that if any poster would be able to give a rundown of more tan two or three books per poll in this, it would be James Morrison!

Švejk an iffy case on my part - it got listed on wiki because this is the first year it started being serialized, I should've probably waited for the year it was (un)finished but was worried it wouldn't be listed and I'd forget.

Daniel_Rf, Wednesday, 2 December 2020 10:49 (one month ago) link

went into town yesterday and into charity shops taht had just reopened after several weeks of lockdowqn.
I scored a copy of tthe DK art booik I had missed in the same charity shop a coupl eo fyears ago.
& i saw but didn't pick up 2 volumes of Tarzan omnibuses, one of which included Tarzan the Terrible.
Wonder if I should try to grab it , though not goingto be in town for another couple of days.
BUt its one of the Tarzan visits to Pel Ul cidar the land where dinosaurs survived and evolved. Tarzan's gone there looking to avenge the death of Jane who he's just been travelling the world trying to avenge.
Not sure I'd actually get around to reading it though but if i need a book about the travails of a great white saviour I'm sure I could do worse.

Stevolende, Wednesday, 2 December 2020 12:39 (one month ago) link

Proust, easily, as I've not a single other book of the list. Will definitely search out Švejk though.

A Scampo Darkly (Le Bateau Ivre), Wednesday, 2 December 2020 13:05 (one month ago) link

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

System, Thursday, 3 December 2020 00:01 (one month ago) link

Švejk as it's the only one I've read. great wee book though, very funny.

I'm starting on proust soon, got the first book, will probably get cracking over the Christmas break

Politically homely (jim in vancouver), Thursday, 3 December 2020 00:04 (one month ago) link

I wonder what's going to win 1922. I can think of no possible books. Certainly not one of the greatest works ever written. No sirree.

emil.y, Thursday, 3 December 2020 03:03 (one month ago) link

I wonder what's going to win 1922. I can think of no possible books. Certainly not one of the greatest works ever written. No sirree.

Strong support there for Albert Payson Terhune's classic dog novel Further Adventures Of Lad, but I would tend to agree, seeing as how it includes the stories of Lad's initial arrival at the "Place", the death of his mate, and the day of his own death, as well as the one where Lad is taken to compete in a dog show in Beauville.

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