Wherein We Elect Our Favourite Novels of 1923

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featuring two novels written in esperanto

Poll Results

Leave It To Psmith by P.G. Wodehouse 5
The Devil In The Flesh by Raymond Radiguet 2
Whose Body? by Dorothy Sayers 2
Cane by Jean Toomer 2
Zeno's Conscience by Italo Svevo 2
Antic Hay by Aldous Huxley 1
Moonchild by Aleister Crowley 1
Count d'Orgel's Ball by Raymond Radiguet 1
Aelita by Aleksey Tolstoy 1
A Lost Lady by Willa Cather 1
The Able McLaughlins by Margaret Wilson 1
The Woman Of Knockaloe by Hall Caine 0
Wisdom's Daughter by H. Rider Haggard 0
Passion And Peat by Alphonse de Chateaubriand 0
The Winding Stair by A.E.W. Mason 0
Valerie French by Dornford Yates 0
Emily Of New Moon by Lucy Maud Montgomerey 0
Green Wheat by Colette 0
Abismoj by Jean Forge 0
The Hound Of Florence by Felix Salten 0
The Storm by Olav Duun 0
Little King Matty And The Desert Island by Janusz Korczak 0
The Vulgar History Of Charelke Dop by Ernest Claes 0
Children Of Orpheus by Hendrik Bulthuis 0
Flaming Youth by Samuel Hopkins Adams 0
Bambi, A Life In The Woods by Felix Salten 0
The Novice Of Tashi-lunpo by Otfried Von Hanstein 0
The Mad Bomberg by Josef Winckler 0
Stephen Morris by Nevile Shute 0
The Rover by Joseph Conrad 0
Stella Dallas by Olive Higgins Prouty 0
People Of The Comet by Austin Hall 0
The Nine Unknown by Talbot Mundy 0
Many Marriages by Sherwood Anderson 0
The High Place by James Branch Cabell 0
The Girl From Hollywood by Edgar Rice Burroughs 0
The Cowardly Lion Of Oz by Frank L. Baum 0
Thy Neighbour's Wife by Liam O'Flaherty 0
Through The Wheat by Thomas Alexander Boyd 0
The Blackguard by Raymond Paton 0
Doctor Doolittle's Post Office by Hugh Lofting 0
Riceyman Steps by Arnold Bennett 0
The Murder On The Links by Agatha Christie 0
The Garden Of God by Henry De Vere Stacpoole 0
Midwinter by John Buchan 0
Men Like Gods by H.G. Wells 0
Kangaroo by D.H. Lawrence 0
The Great Roxhythe by Georgette Heyer 0
Fields Of Sleep by E.C. Vivian 0
The Great American Novel by William Carlos Williams 0

Daniel_Rf, Monday, 7 December 2020 12:02 (four months ago) link

Happy to finally throw P.G. Wodehouse a bone - Leave It To Psmith is a delight.

Daniel_Rf, Monday, 7 December 2020 12:03 (four months ago) link

Passion And Peat

Simply can't beat a title like that! I must read this now.

I once picked up but never finished 'Children Of Orpheus' by Hendrik Bulthuis (probably precisely because it was translated out of Esperanto), but it taught me (as someone who speaks/'fights' for a tiny minority language) a valuable lesson: when you write a work of fiction in a small/endangered language, *do not* make it all about said language as well. Use the language for other things than blatant language promotion. The story suffers for it.

A Scampo Darkly (Le Bateau Ivre), Monday, 7 December 2020 12:55 (four months ago) link

The Radiguet novels and Svevo are wonderful books. Going for the latter.

xyzzzz__, Monday, 7 December 2020 15:06 (four months ago) link

Roger Martin du Gard getting the snub, yet again (not that I especially mind). Nor has there been any Fran├žois Mauriac so far iirc (ditto).

Voting Radiguet.

pomenitul, Monday, 7 December 2020 15:14 (four months ago) link

Which one?

Daniel_Rf, Monday, 7 December 2020 15:15 (four months ago) link

Oh right, both were published the same year. Le Bal du comte d'Orgel is the one I had in mind.

pomenitul, Monday, 7 December 2020 15:20 (four months ago) link

voted for Cane, which I haven't read in two decades so don't remember very well but--assuming I'm not mixing it up with another book--I think is excellent

rob, Monday, 7 December 2020 15:22 (four months ago) link

went Sayers, that's good 'un

Neil S, Monday, 7 December 2020 15:22 (four months ago) link

I suspect there are better books on this list than Whose Body, but I haven't read them, and it's a solid intro to a great series, so that's the one I'm going with.

Lily Dale, Monday, 7 December 2020 17:34 (four months ago) link

I really should read Cane, though.

Lily Dale, Monday, 7 December 2020 17:34 (four months ago) link

any other great novels about future members of Joy Division coming up?

Stevolende, Monday, 7 December 2020 17:54 (four months ago) link

I did read a chunk of the Aleister Crowley at one point years ago.
Think I've read several Dr Doolittle but not sure which.
Also L Frank baum

Stevolende, Monday, 7 December 2020 17:55 (four months ago) link

I need to read the Svevo. I have it! Charlton's greatest blue plaque

imago, Monday, 7 December 2020 18:15 (four months ago) link

antic hay and murder on the links are both good not bad. decent argument for antic hay being quite groundbreaking at the time and being one of the better things ahuxley wrote.

Fizzles, Monday, 7 December 2020 18:30 (four months ago) link

Cane for me. A hallucinatory masterpiece.

Vanishing Point (Chinaski), Monday, 7 December 2020 18:41 (four months ago) link

I really need to read that one, it sounds amazing.

pomenitul, Monday, 7 December 2020 18:44 (four months ago) link

Is Antic Hay the one where two guys are talking while one of them scratches a hog's back with a rake or something and the hog is grunting and one of the guys says he wishes he could feel that kind of pleasure? Good moment; the only thing I remember about whichever book it was alas (read it in late 70s, v relatable apparently or wouldn't have retained that much).

dow, Tuesday, 8 December 2020 01:48 (four months ago) link

OK still relate.

dow, Tuesday, 8 December 2020 01:49 (four months ago) link

Automatic thread bump. This poll is closing tomorrow.

System, Wednesday, 9 December 2020 00:01 (four months ago) link

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

System, Thursday, 10 December 2020 00:01 (four months ago) link

I voted for Green Wheat wtf!


Jersey Al (Albert R. Broccoli), Thursday, 10 December 2020 00:02 (four months ago) link

A vote for Crowley!

A Scampo Darkly (Le Bateau Ivre), Thursday, 10 December 2020 09:00 (four months ago) link

Quick, check the exits - we've got a secret Crowley fan!

Vanishing Point (Chinaski), Thursday, 10 December 2020 13:00 (four months ago) link

it was not me.

Fizzles, Thursday, 10 December 2020 13:01 (four months ago) link

Wodehouse triumphant at last! Glad I didn't include The Inimitable Jeeves, would've split the vote (more of a short story collection anyway).

Wherein We Elect Our Favourite Novels of 1924

Daniel_Rf, Thursday, 10 December 2020 13:29 (four months ago) link

Svevo robbed tbh

Uptown Top Scamping (Noodle Vague), Thursday, 10 December 2020 14:27 (four months ago) link

High on my wishlist is a Leave it to Psmith television adaptation.

the body of a spider... (scampering alpaca), Thursday, 10 December 2020 15:48 (four months ago) link

There were some interesting ideas in teh Crowley taht I remember. Like the manifestation in this plane of ponly one onion skin like layer of something deific. Stuck in my head since my mid teens.

Stevolende, Thursday, 10 December 2020 15:51 (four months ago) link

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