Wherein We Elect Our Favourite Novels of 1927

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To The Lighthouse by Virgina Woolf 7
Death Comes For The Archbishop by Willa Cather 4
Steppenwolf by Herman Hesse 3
Elmer Gantry by Sinclair Lewis 2
Finding Time Again by Marcel Proust 2
Benighted by J.B. Priestley 1
Thérèse Desqueyroux by François Mauriac 1
Kappa by Ryūnosuke Akutagawa 1
The Treasure Of The Sierra Madre by B. Traven 0
Flight Without End by Joseph Roth 0
The Angel Of The West Window by Gustav Meyrink 0
Wayfarers by Knut Hamsun 0
The Case Of Sergeant Grischa by Arnold Zweig 0
Zhao Ziyue by Lao She 0
The Living Buddah by Paul Morand 0
The Rose of Cikembang by Kwee Tek Hoay 0
Envy by Yury Olesha 0
A Handkerchief Covered in Blood by Tjoe Hong Bok 0
Samson by Ze'ev Jabotinsky 0
The Republic of ShKID by L. Panteleyev and Grigori Belykh 0
Raskens by Vilhelm Moberg 0
Between The Winds by Ionel Teodoreanu 0
Lucia In London by E.F. Benson 0
The Great Weaver from Kashmir by Halldór Laxness 0
Estrela de Absinto by Oswald de Andrade 0
Steel & Iron by Israel Joshua Singer 0
The Impostor by Georges Bernanos 0
Belphegór by Arthur Bernède 0
James! Don't Be A Fool by E.V. Timms 0
Oil! by Upton Sinclair 0
Nevada by Zane Grey 0
Mosquitoes by William Faulkner 0
The Lariat by Jaime de Angulo 0
Dusty Answer by Rosamond Lehmann 0
The Canary Murder Case by S.S. Van Dine 0
But Gentlemen Marry Brunettes by Anita Loos 0
The Bridge Of San Luis Rey by Thornton Wilder 0
And There Were Giants by Bruce Marshall 0
The Big Four by Agatha Christie 0
Unnatural Death by Dorothy L. Sayers 0
Tarka The Otter by Henry Williamson 0
Portrait Of Clare by Francis Brett Young 0
Patrol by Philip MacDonald 0
The Midnight Folk by John Masefield 0
Meanwhile by H.G. Wells 0
Kitty by Warwick Deeping 0
John Thomas And Lady Jane by D.H. Lawrence 0
The House Of Dr.Edwardes by Francis Beeding 0
Madman's Island by Ion Idriess 0

Daniel_Rf, Monday, 21 December 2020 17:12 (three months ago) link

Guessing Woolf's time has come at last.

My movie knowledge starting to surpass my literary knowledge: I've seen Treasure Of The Sierra Madre, There Will Be Blood (Oil!) and The Old Dark House (Benighted).

Daniel_Rf, Monday, 21 December 2020 17:13 (three months ago) link

Yeah I do feel like To the Lighthouse is where Woolf gets Woolfy. Not my fave (which is and forever shall be The Waves), but you do see some pretty hefty High Modernist ambitions in TTL.

Joyce is fading from view, Faulkner is not quite there yet, Nabokov is still thornily Russian. Rooting hard for VW.

coup coup kajoo (Ye Mad Puffin), Monday, 21 December 2020 17:24 (three months ago) link

Yep, this is an easy To the Lighthouse vote for me.

emil.y, Monday, 21 December 2020 17:30 (three months ago) link

dusty dusty him answer

Daniel_Rf, Monday, 21 December 2020 17:30 (three months ago) link

I think I read "To the Lighthouse" in college but have only the vaguest memories of it. Somewhat more recently, I've also read "Bridge of San Luis Rey" and "The Angel of the West Window". I have "Tarka the Otter" but haven't read it yet. "Steppenwolf" is one I've thumbed through numerous times and seems to be widely available used, but have never read. Guess I'd probably vote "Bridge of San Luis Rey".

o. nate, Monday, 21 December 2020 20:38 (three months ago) link

Yep, this is an easy _To the Lighthouse_ vote for me.

Same. One of those canonical works whose reputation is thoroughly deserved.

pomenitul, Monday, 21 December 2020 20:42 (three months ago) link

I can think of some utterly perfect passages in it, as well as a few kinda stodgy bits, but it's definitely up there for me.

coup coup kajoo (Ye Mad Puffin), Monday, 21 December 2020 21:44 (three months ago) link

It's still hard to square the Henry Williamson that wrote Tarka with the Henry Williamson who, well, went batshit for Hitler. I still find myself weirdly tempted to read the Chronicle of Ancient Sunlight series but I guess life is too short.

Vanishing Point (Chinaski), Monday, 21 December 2020 21:54 (three months ago) link

Death Comes for the Archbishop

Chris L, Monday, 21 December 2020 22:59 (three months ago) link

Death Comes for the Archbishop

― Chris L, Monday, December 21, 2020 10:59 PM (twenty-two minutes ago) bookmarkflaglink

yeah. close to my heart tbh.

ffolkes (map), Monday, 21 December 2020 23:24 (three months ago) link

queer love subsumed in religious devotion, western adventure, new mexico beautifully described

ffolkes (map), Monday, 21 December 2020 23:26 (three months ago) link

cather gets my vote.

Tsar Bombadil (James Morrison), Tuesday, 22 December 2020 00:39 (three months ago) link

I had already thought of getting the Kindle of the Cather and trying to read it all before poll closes, but the title is daunting at the moment, though I've always heard it's one of her best. This Proust volume is a good ending to the whole time trek, but not that great in itself--think I'll go with To The Lighthouse, the only other choice I've read.

dow, Tuesday, 22 December 2020 04:45 (three months ago) link

the title is daunting at the moment

don't worry. the titular death only takes place at the end of the book after a long life filled with acts of faith and devotion. death as a subject occupies almost no space at all.

Respectfully Yours, (Aimless), Tuesday, 22 December 2020 04:53 (three months ago) link

Good, that sounds like it would be a good follow-up to Robinson's Gilead, which I recently read. But now that library's re-re-opening after a covid incident, might just go on and get the next one in the saga, Home (better wash the hazmat suit).

dow, Tuesday, 22 December 2020 06:14 (three months ago) link

Or maybe would be wiser to stay home and Kindle Cather.

dow, Tuesday, 22 December 2020 06:16 (three months ago) link

Finding Time Again is just so great. Conflicted as I loved Flight Without End, Envy also.

Read Hesse and Woolf too.

xyzzzz__, Tuesday, 22 December 2020 07:21 (three months ago) link

Thérèse Desqueyroux is a hoot (and made Sartre care so much he was livid with the book), but my vote, too, goes to To The Lighthouse. Sprawling masterpiece.

A Scampo Darkly (Le Bateau Ivre), Tuesday, 22 December 2020 08:05 (three months ago) link

Automatic thread bump. This poll is closing tomorrow.

System, Wednesday, 23 December 2020 00:01 (three months ago) link

I voted "The The Lighthouse". The Mauriac and Sinclair Lewis books are worthy of consideration though. I would also at least consider voting for several Hesse books over To the Lighthouse but Steppenwolf is kind of a bore.

justfanoe (Greg Fanoe), Wednesday, 23 December 2020 14:26 (three months ago) link

Post your favorite passages.

He regarded love as a sort of cruel malady through which the elect are required to pass in their late youth and from which they emerge, pale and wrung, but ready for the business of living.

-- The Bridge Of San Luis Rey

A tough challenge for To the Lighthouse, there are so many.

alimosina, Wednesday, 23 December 2020 18:14 (three months ago) link

For me it's either the bit with "the long steady stroke, the last of the three, which was her stroke" or there's a great bit about the windows of the dining room and something about the reflections creating a world or something like that; my memory is fuzzy but I could find it if needed

coup coup kajoo (Ye Mad Puffin), Wednesday, 23 December 2020 22:04 (three months ago) link

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

System, Thursday, 24 December 2020 00:01 (three months ago) link

Wherein We Elect Our Favourite Novels of 1928

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