Wherein We Elect Our Favourite Novels of 1924

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The Magic Mountain by Thomas Mann 5
A Passage To India by E.M. Forster 4
We by Yevgeny Zamyatin 4
Some Do Not... by Ford Maddox Ford 1
Hotel Savoy by Jospeh Roth 1
Naomi by Junichiro Tanezaki 1
Miranda by Antoni Lange 0
The Red Gods by Jean D'Esme 0
Lewis And Irene by Paul Morand 0
The Inverted Pyramid by Bertrand Sinclair 0
The Three Hostages by John Buchan 0
Purple Death by Augusto Gaillit 0
This Sorry Scheme by Bruce Marshall 0
The Third Round by Sapper 0
Mountains Seas And Giants by Alfred Doblin 0
A Day At Bunny School by Albert Sixtus 0
Nesthäkchen's Youngest by Else Ury 0
Leap Across The Millenia by Jean Forge 0
One Lucky Day by Hyun Jin-geon 0
Number 31328 by Elias Venezis 0
Love In The Fog Of The Future by Andei Marsov 0
The Englishman Of The Bones by Benito Lynch 0
Ifigenia by Teresa de la Parra 0
Java Ho! by Johan Fabricius 0
The Vortex by José Eustasio Rivera 0
Sard Harker by John Masefield 0
The Rasp by Philip MacDonald 0
The Counterplot by Hope Mirrlees 0
The Constant Nymph by Margaret Kennedy 0
Cold Harbour by Francis Brett Young 0
The Boy In The Bush by D.H. Lawrence 0
Beau Geste by P.C. Wren 0
The Ship Of Ishtar by A. Merritt 0
The Plastic Age by Percy Marks 0
Nicholas by Anne Carrol Moore 0
The Land That Time Forgot by Edgar Rice Burroughs 0
The Dark Frigate by Charles Hawes 0
The Dark Eyes Of London by Edgar Wallace 0
David Of King's by E.F. Benson 0
Precious Bane by Mary Webb 0
Pimpernel And Rosemary by Baroness Orzcy 0
Mr.Rowl by D.K. Broster 0
The Man In The Brown Suit by Agatha Christie 0
The King Of Elfland's Daughter by Lord Dunsany 0
The House Of The Arrow by A.E.W. Mason 0
Heu-Heu by H. Rider Haggard 0
Gerald Cranston's Lady by Gilbert Frankau 0
The Dream by H.G. Wells 0
Doctor Doolittle's Circus by Hugh Lofting 0
Barrister Parvateesam by Mokkapati Narasimha Sastry 0

Daniel_Rf, Thursday, 10 December 2020 13:28 (four months ago) link

Edgar Wallace and Edgar Rice Burroughs both seem to have contracted big gambling debts in 1924, as they released like seven books each this year that I had to omit to get this down to 50.

There's an interesting episode of Backlisted on The Constant Nymph.

Wish RAG would participate in these to drop knowledge on the Lord Dunsany ouevre.

My headcanon is that Precious Bane is about the Batman baddie.

Need to get around to Joseph Roth. Had never heard of Hyun Jin-geon, despite making some attempts to get into Korean lit last year.

A Passage To India is badass and y'all should read it but in the interest of fighting anglo supremacy my vote goes to The Magic Mountain, which is truly an astounding acheivement. Amazing opening lines.

Daniel_Rf, Thursday, 10 December 2020 13:34 (four months ago) link

The Magic Mountain. There aren't a lot of books that come close, from '24 or any other year for that matter. A staggering piece of work.

A Scampo Darkly (Le Bateau Ivre), Thursday, 10 December 2020 13:35 (four months ago) link

1924 is the last year for stuff being generally available in the public domain (after this it relies on the author being dead for 75 years (uk and us, 50 in aus iirc)).

koogs, Thursday, 10 December 2020 13:35 (four months ago) link

I haven't read any of these titles including the big ones, to my great shame.

pomenitul, Thursday, 10 December 2020 14:31 (four months ago) link

The Ship of Ishtar is as close as Merritt gets to sword and sorcery and is one of his weirdest books

The Land That Time Forgot is a good entry point for non-Tarzan Burroughs

voted for The Magic Mountain

Brad C., Thursday, 10 December 2020 14:43 (four months ago) link

There are moments of dazzling brilliance in The Magic Mountain, but a lot of it didn't connect with me, long stretches where I got impatient with it instead of being able to savour it. I'm tempted to vote for it anyway for some of the stunning passages, but I might just abstain.

I had a Christie phase when I was a kid but aside from the most famous ones I've been struggling to remember which book is which and which ones I've actually read.

emil.y, Thursday, 10 December 2020 16:35 (four months ago) link

Anyone read/got anything to say about the Döblin?

emil.y, Thursday, 10 December 2020 16:39 (four months ago) link

Not read it, but I gotta say doing these polls has taught me Doblin was a much weirder and more eclectic writer than Berlin Alexanderplatz made me think.

Daniel_Rf, Thursday, 10 December 2020 16:47 (four months ago) link

NYRB have been giving Doblin a good go and getting a lot of his other work published.

Read Alexanderplatz a long time ago. Remember a really good feel for that down and out life, but inevitably the Fassbinder adaptation is so so good. I should revisit via the new translation.

The Magic Mountain really didn't flow much for me, even if I am very drawn to the themes in it. Musil reads a lot better in English to me.

I went for Joseph Roth.

xyzzzz__, Thursday, 10 December 2020 22:20 (four months ago) link

Have only read We and Doctor Doolittle's Circus, close-run contest but I plumped for the Zamyatin.

sinewave boogie (Matt #2), Thursday, 10 December 2020 23:55 (four months ago) link

The Joseph Roth is great, the Zamyatin is very good. The Dunsany is also very good if you have a taste for that sort of thing.
Naomi by Junichiro Tanizaki is excellent and lurid and sexy.
Some Do Not is wonderful too, but usually read as part of the compiled Parade's End.
The Boy In The Bush by D.H. Lawrence is a weird one--it's actually by an Australian writer who sent her manuscript to Lawrence and instead of just editing he basically rewrote most of it.
The Dream by HG Wells is fun, using future people to sneer at the stupidities of the 1920s, but not one of his great books.
I'm going to go for Forster because, feebly, I haven't read the Mann.

Tsar Bombadil (James Morrison), Friday, 11 December 2020 01:19 (four months ago) link

Might go with Forster too; have only read ye olde H.T. Porter-Lowe's beefy British translation of TMM, though I have a much more recent one somewhere. Those are the only two I've read.

dow, Friday, 11 December 2020 02:13 (four months ago) link

It's the Ford Madox Ford for me though I've heard great things about We

Guayaquil (eephus!), Friday, 11 December 2020 03:29 (four months ago) link

I remember the book being a lot more experimental than the Fassbinder tv show, which is mostly in a conventional social realist mold (until that last episode, lol).

The Boy In The Bush by D.H. Lawrence is a weird one--it's actually by an Australian writer who sent her manuscript to Lawrence and instead of just editing he basically rewrote most of it.

lol that sounds...sketchy

Daniel_Rf, Friday, 11 December 2020 11:54 (four months ago) link

Automatic thread bump. This poll is closing tomorrow.

System, Sunday, 13 December 2020 00:01 (three months ago) link

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

System, Monday, 14 December 2020 00:01 (three months ago) link

Love that top2.

Wherein We Elect Our Favourite Novels of 1925

Daniel_Rf, Monday, 14 December 2020 12:50 (three months ago) link

I'll have to pick up Naomi sonetime

xyzzzz__, Monday, 14 December 2020 12:51 (three months ago) link

Love all the Soseki I've read so far.

Daniel_Rf, Monday, 14 December 2020 12:53 (three months ago) link

I reread The Magic Mountain at the start of the pandemic. It does windy in spots.

Patriotic Goiter (Alfred, Lord Sotosyn), Monday, 14 December 2020 13:07 (three months ago) link

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