Wherein We Elect Our Favourite Novels of 1928

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Poll Results

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Decline And Fall by Evelyn Waugh 2
Nadja by André Breton 2
Lady Chatterley's Lover by D.H. Lawrence 2
Orlando by Virgina Woolf 1
The Twelve Chairs by Ilf and Petrov 1
Quicksand by Junichiro Tanezaki 1
Quicksand by Nella Larsen 1
Memoirs Of A Fox Hunting Man by Siegfried Sassoon 1
Schlump by Hans Herbert Grimm 0
The Rocket To The Moon by Thea Von Harbou 0
Therese by Arthur Schnitzler 0
Irene's Cunt by Louis Aragon 0
Belle De Jour by Joseph Kessel 0
The Fishermen by Hans Kirk 0
Anna Svard by Selma Lagerlof 0
Amphibian Man by Alexander Belyaev 0
The Green Night by Reşat Nuri Güntekin 0
Toomas Nipernaadi by August Gailit 0
The Black Horses by Tarjei Vesaas 0
Grand Illusion by Mika Waltari 0
The Partner by Jenaro Prieto 0
The Second Wife by Munshi Premchand 0
Macunaíma by Mario de Andrade 0
Gaudeamus by Mircea Eliade 0
Class Reunion by Franz Werfel 0
The City by Valerian Pidmohylny 0
The Well Of Loneliness by Radclyffe Hall 0
The Unpleasantness At The Bellona Club by Dorothy L. Sayers 0
So Disdained by Nevil Shute 0
The Madeleine Heritage by Martin Boyd 0
The Sunken World by Stanton A. Coblentz 0
The Man Who Knew Coolidge by Sinclair Lewis 0
King, Queen, Knave by Vladimir Nabokov 0
The Greene Murder Case by S.S. Van Dine 0
Gay Neck, The Story Of A Pigeon by Dhan Gopal Mukerji 0
Dark Princess by W.E.B. DuBois 0
Boston by Upton Sinclair 0
We Are Incredible by Margery Latimer 0
Again The Three Just Men by Edgar Wallace 0
Enter Sir John by Clemence Dane and Helen Simpson 0
The Prisoner In The Opal by A.E.W. Mason 0
The Mystery Of The Blue Train by Agatha Christie 0
The Masqueraders by Georgette Heyer 0
Last Post by Ford Maddox Ford 0
The Key Of Life by Francis Brett Young 0
Joris Of The Rock by Leslie Barringer 0
The Invader by Hilda Vaughan 0
The Female Of The Species by Sapper 0
Extraordinary Women by Compton Mackenzie 0
Quartet by Jean Rhys 0


Daniel_Rf, Sunday, 27 December 2020 12:43 (two weeks ago) link

Not read anything from this list, guessing it's gonna be another win for Woolf.

The Grand Illusion is totally unrelated to the Renoir film, seems very lost generation:

Set in the 1920s, Mika Waltari’s bitingly sharp debut novel is about the aimlessness of urban life and the disillusionment of the lost European youth after World War 1. Following the romantic life of of a young journalist called Hart, The Grand Illusion describes the lives of artists and young people in 20th century Helsinki.

Daniel_Rf, Sunday, 27 December 2020 12:46 (two weeks ago) link

lots of books I have read a bit of or read about, only one I have actually read, and not sure I want to vote for it.

٩(͡๏̯͡๏)۶ (Camaraderie at Arms Length), Sunday, 27 December 2020 12:47 (two weeks ago) link

Until something of a final-act fizzle, Decline And Fall is a blast! But it's the only one I've read, so idk if I can vote

imago, Sunday, 27 December 2020 13:20 (two weeks ago) link

Omg Nadja easy so fucking easy

Uptown Top Scamping (Noodle Vague), Sunday, 27 December 2020 13:23 (two weeks ago) link

Youse can all read it in 3 days then vote for it fuiud

Uptown Top Scamping (Noodle Vague), Sunday, 27 December 2020 13:24 (two weeks ago) link

The Well Of Loneliness by Radclyffe Hall

I didn't end up getting to this before the poll, damn it. I suspect that it will be the sort of book where I can admire it and appreciate its role in queer literary history but it maybe wouldn't have blown me away on its writing alone, if you get me? Or maybe I'm assuming too much, I don't know.

emil.y, Sunday, 27 December 2020 15:37 (two weeks ago) link

Objective chance ftw.

pomenitul, Sunday, 27 December 2020 15:49 (two weeks ago) link

Gay Neck, The Story of a Pigeon is a good enough title to win any poll. Also wondering why Lawrence got in so much trouble when there's a book called Irene's Cunt around.

Vanishing Point (Chinaski), Sunday, 27 December 2020 18:33 (two weeks ago) link

Irene's Cunt by Louis Aragon

Wait ... what?

emil.y, I think you're right about The Well of Loneliness; it's interesting and worth reading but it's also overwrought and overwritten imo. But its flaws are fascinating in themselves, I think; it's full of raw emotion and you get a sense of how painful and scary and cathartic it must have been to write.

Lily Dale, Sunday, 27 December 2020 18:46 (two weeks ago) link

Tbf it sounds a bit less vulgar in French.

xp

pomenitul, Sunday, 27 December 2020 18:51 (two weeks ago) link

Is "con" a pun on "conte" in the French title?

jmm, Sunday, 27 December 2020 19:37 (two weeks ago) link

I love Woolf and Nabokov but Orlando is kind of a mess and I find King, Queen, Knave dreary. I have no memory of even hearing of that Sassoon book, which is a bit of a surprise.

Probably going with Lady Chatterley here.

feels about eels (Ye Mad Puffin), Sunday, 27 December 2020 20:06 (two weeks ago) link

Yeah I think that book is almost as well known as his poetry, tho obviously overshadowed

Uptown Top Scamping (Noodle Vague), Sunday, 27 December 2020 20:08 (two weeks ago) link

Is "con" a pun on "conte" in the French title?

Hmm, I don't think so. If so, it's exceedingly subtle.

Tbc 'con' in the anatomical sense was a bit dated by 1928 and hence less coarse than it sounds in English. If anything, it harks back to the 18th century libertine novels (those of Sade included) that the Surrealists and other modernist French writers were reviving/self-consciously imitating at the time. Beyond that, a 'con' can also refer to a dumb person (almost always masculine, sometimes neutral) and it's somewhat closer yet not reducible to the UK/Irish/Australian usage of 'cunt', e.g. you can say 'j'suis con' in the sense of 'I'm an idiot' after you've done something stupid. As far as the explicitly gendered, NA version of 'cunt' goes, a semi-equivalent would be 'conne' (the feminine of 'con'), except it's still not quite as aggressive, if only because modern French has fewer hangups about vulgar language than NA English, likely for historical reasons, many of which have to do with the place of religion in the US vs. France. Lastly, it's worth pointing out that, much like 'vagin', 'con' is masculine even when it refers to an ostensibly female bodily part (take that, Cratylus; see also: 'la bite'). So while Irene's Cunt is a perfectly fine translation, it's way more strident than the original.

Anyway, if we're including Le con d'Irène, a récit, surely Bataille's Histoire de l'œil should have been a contender as well.

pomenitul, Sunday, 27 December 2020 22:37 (two weeks ago) link

Quicksand vs. Quicksand

Jersey Al (Albert R. Broccoli), Monday, 28 December 2020 01:43 (two weeks ago) link

I haven't read Quicksand but Passing is an amazing book.

Daniel_Rf, Monday, 28 December 2020 10:50 (two weeks ago) link

Having spent a lot of time writing his name in these polls, I only recently clocked that Compton Mackenzie wrote "Whiskey Galore"!

Gay Neck, The Story of a Pigeon is a good enough title to win any poll.

The first notable Indian-American author it seems!

Daniel_Rf, Monday, 28 December 2020 10:52 (two weeks ago) link

Automatic thread bump. This poll is closing tomorrow.

System, Wednesday, 30 December 2020 00:01 (two weeks ago) link

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

System, Thursday, 31 December 2020 00:01 (two weeks ago) link

Could have a culture war or two with those three winners.

Daniel_Rf, Thursday, 31 December 2020 11:09 (two weeks ago) link

Gonna maintain a discreet silence about the Lawrence ffs

Uptown Top Scamping (Noodle Vague), Thursday, 31 December 2020 11:22 (two weeks ago) link

Wherein We Elect Our Favourite Novels of 1929

Daniel_Rf, Thursday, 31 December 2020 14:26 (two weeks ago) link

Decline and Fall is a novel I might have gone for (instead of Quartet, say). Haven't read the Tanizaki or Schnitzler, or at least I don't think so. Must remedy.

xyzzzz__, Thursday, 31 December 2020 14:58 (two weeks ago) link

Decline and Fall, like Scoop, is one of those never-fail recommendation novels.

Patriotic Goiter (Alfred, Lord Sotosyn), Thursday, 31 December 2020 14:58 (two weeks ago) link


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