Wherein We Elect Our Favourite Novels of 1929

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The Sound & The Fury by William Faulkner 3
Berlin Alexanderplatz by Alfred Doblin 3
Living by Henry Green 2
Red Harvest by Dashiell Hammett 2
Passing by Nella Larsen 2
A Farewell To Arms by Ernest Hemingway 2
Dodsworth by Sinclair Lewis 1
20,000 Streets Under The Sky by Patrick Hamilton 1
Les Enfants Terribles by Jean Cocteau 1
The Escaped Cock by D.H. Lawrence 1
Look Homeward, Angel by Thomas Wolfe 1
Grand Hotel by Vicki Baum 0
All Quiet On The Western Front by Eric Maria Remarque 0
Emil & The Detectives by Erich Kastner 0
Dona Barbara by Rómulo Gallegos 0
Drama of Krakatoa by Kwee Tek Hoay 0
The Old Court Libertines by Mateiu Caragiale 0
The Time of Indifference by Alberto Moravia 0
Jogajog by Rabindranath Tagore 0
Some Prefer Nettles by Junichiro Tanezaki 0
Blessing in Disguise by Tulis Sutan Sati 0
The Return Of The Brute by Liam O'Flatherty 0
The Rejected Girl by Tsendiin Damdinsüren 0
Pather Panchali by Bibhutibhushan Bandyopadhyay 0
Mr.Ma And Son by Lao She 0
The Street without Sunlight by Sunao Tokunaga 0
The Crab Cannery Ship by Takiji Kobayashi 0
Joy by Georges Bernanos 0
Hotel Acropolis by Pierre Drieu LaRochelle 0
The Hollow Field by Marcel Aymé 0
Clash by Ellen Wilkinson 0
Cup Of Gold by John Steinbeck 0
Magnificent Obsession by Lloyd C. Douglas 0
The Man Within by Graham Greene 0
The Roman Hat Mystery by Ellery Queen 0
The Scarab Murder Case by S.S. Van Dine 0
The Good Companions by J.B. Priestley 0
A High Wind In Jamaica by Richard Hughes 0
The Last September by Elizabeth Bowen 0
The Poisoned Chocolates Case by Anthony Berkeley 0
The Seven Dials Mystery by Agatha Christie 0
The Three Couriers by Compton Mackenzie 0
Burnt Offering by Jeanne Galzy 0
Colline by Jean Giono 0
Southern Mail by Antoine de Saint-Exupery 0
David Golder by Irène Némirovsky 0
The Blacker The Berry by Wallace Thurman 0


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

big field this, first instinct is Faulkner but

Uptown Top Scamping (Noodle Vague), Thursday, 31 December 2020 14:28 (two weeks ago) link

Pretty amazing year, this - had to fight quite hard to keep some more obscure/genre based stuff in there with the amount of Big Beasts about.

Can't imagine Magnificent Obsession or Grand Hotel are better than their films.

Had just read about Takiji Kobayashi in the liner notes to an Ishiro Honda blu ray, as an example of a leftist writer who got fucked when Japanese imperialism really got going.

Some Prefer Nettles is my go-to when recommending ppl Japanese literature - it's a short, funny book about negotiating the duality of being a westernized Japanese person. It's a toss up between that and Passing by Nella Larsen, which is similairly twisted in its eroticism, but the main character from Passing, a woman entirely unapologetic about her light skin giving her access to white spaces, has stuck with me more, so I'm voting Larsen. Not that I expect either of those to win.

Daniel_Rf, Thursday, 31 December 2020 14:32 (two weeks ago) link

i like Tanezaki a lot but haven't read a lot of his work including this

just notice Pather Panchali in there, god the number of great films made from this lot alone is an eyebrow raiser

Uptown Top Scamping (Noodle Vague), Thursday, 31 December 2020 14:36 (two weeks ago) link

Ironically the film version of Les Enfants Terribles didn't really work (largely due to Cocteau insisting Melville cast his strapping young partner as the consumptive co-lead character).

meanwhile back at the song (Matt #2), Thursday, 31 December 2020 15:00 (two weeks ago) link

Easily the most I've read of any of these polls so far. I would say that Tanizaki is a good starting point.

Some Prefer Nettles by Junichiro Tanezaki
The Time of Indifference by Alberto Moravia
Berlin Alexanderplatz by Alfred Doblin
Les Enfants Terribles by Jean Cocteau
Living by Henry Green
A High Wind In Jamaica by Richard Hughes
The Sound & The Fury by William Faulkner

Going for Henry Green.

xyzzzz__, Thursday, 31 December 2020 15:02 (two weeks ago) link

Same. I prefer other Faulkner. Almost chose A High Wind In Jamaica.

I finished The Last September two weeks ago, the only disappointing Bowen I've read.

Patriotic Goiter (Alfred, Lord Sotosyn), Thursday, 31 December 2020 15:17 (two weeks ago) link

Hovered over A High Wind in Jamaica but ultimately went for The Sound and The Fury. What a list, though!

Lily Dale, Thursday, 31 December 2020 16:48 (two weeks ago) link

Yikes what a list! Has to be Remarque for me, though I feel like I'm cheating Henry Green.

Vanishing Point (Chinaski), Thursday, 31 December 2020 17:13 (two weeks ago) link

this list is loaded

I haven't read the Hemingway, Faulkner, or Wolfe books in decades, but I remember them well ... I'm going to ensure that Wolfe gets at least one vote

Red Harvest is an great hardboiled crime novel, better than its many quasi-adaptations (Yojimbo, A Fistful of Dollars, etc.).

There are some strong Golden Age mysteries in the list, but Berkeley's The Poisoned Chocolates Case stands out, with six narrators offering six different solutions ... I believe Borges translated it at least once

Brad C., Thursday, 31 December 2020 17:16 (two weeks ago) link

Ha, despite all the heavy-hitters, I haven't read any of these! I thought maybe I would've been made to read the Remarque at school, but I'm going through my memory banks and I'm pretty sure I haven't read it. I think I might have the film of Pather Panchali somewhere but I haven't even watched it iirc. A list of failure on my part.

emil.y, Thursday, 31 December 2020 17:26 (two weeks ago) link

Also:The Escaped Cock by D.H. Lawrence, weyyyyy lad

emil.y, Thursday, 31 December 2020 17:26 (two weeks ago) link

I've read eight of these, including two in the past few months. After a bit of thought, I'm voting for Remarque's All Quiet on the Western Front, because it made a deep enough impression to stick with me after nearly 50 years. I can't say the same for A Farewell to Arms, which I also read around that time.

Respectfully Yours, (Aimless), Thursday, 31 December 2020 17:46 (two weeks ago) link

Voted Berlin Alexanderplatz, which I read in school as preparation for watching the series, which I ended up thinking didn't live up to the book. On another thread they were talking about a new translation, but the one I read was contemporary

Also read Cocteau, who (just like his films) I found enigmatic at best, and Faulkner. The conceit that The Sound and the Fury is being narrated by a non-verbal person is, sorry, really silly and leads to all kinds of illogical twists to try and tell the story, like having other characters react to the narrator's physical outbursts, which he doesn't report because he can't speak, although somehow he is describing everything else that is going on?? I am perhaps also prejudiced by a professor dismissing Faulkner's oeuvre: "he takes everyone in a Mississippi county and turns them into Jesus".

Halfway there but for you, Thursday, 31 December 2020 17:48 (two weeks ago) link

My favorite part of The Sound and the Fury is the middle part that's narrated by Quentin, but the Benjy parts worked for me as well. It doesn't seem unreasonable to me that Benjy understands more than he can say, and I don't think of his narration as him describing things, exactly, since there's no conceit that he's writing this or telling it to someone. It's just a regular old first-person POV, but limited to the things he understands and leaving out the things he doesn't.

I am perhaps prejudiced by having taken an entire class on Faulkner from a wonderful professor who had made Faulkner his life's work and looked just like him. (Also he had a twin brother who was also a Faulkner scholar.)

Lily Dale, Thursday, 31 December 2020 18:17 (two weeks ago) link

Passing is a great, spare novel. Sound and the Fury is...extra...will probs vote for Light in August when it comes up.

Would like to read the Tanezaki; great title!

horseshoe, Thursday, 31 December 2020 18:38 (two weeks ago) link

Passing is a great, spare novel. Sound and the Fury is...extra...will probs vote for Light in August when it comes up.

Would like to read the Tanezaki; great title!

horseshoe, Thursday, 31 December 2020 18:38 (two weeks ago) link

Sorry to post twice!

horseshoe, Thursday, 31 December 2020 18:38 (two weeks ago) link

second post by Pierre Menard

Uptown Top Scamping (Noodle Vague), Thursday, 31 December 2020 18:46 (two weeks ago) link

Author of The Fury

Patriotic Goiter (Alfred, Lord Sotosyn), Thursday, 31 December 2020 19:01 (two weeks ago) link

I read most of these during the Depression---there wasn't much else to do---but the one that elbows its way to the front of the memory bread line is Red Harvest. Right or wrong, that's just the way it is.

dow, Friday, 1 January 2021 19:52 (two weeks ago) link

Had the same experience as 'Halfway', reading Berlin Alexanderplatz before seeing the series - I did enjoy the series just as much though. Voting for this. Ashamed to say I once started this Faulkner but never finished it.

A Scampo Darkly (Le Bateau Ivre), Saturday, 2 January 2021 13:25 (one week ago) link

The limited budget of the series was a problem - I remember about half of it being set in the same bar, like Cheers gone Nazi. Also the last episode is more like Fassbinder's exegesis on the themes and subtexts of the novel than an actual wrap-up, a bold move that only half-works.

Halfway there but for you, Saturday, 2 January 2021 15:39 (one week ago) link

Automatic thread bump. This poll is closing tomorrow.

System, Sunday, 3 January 2021 00:01 (one week ago) link

It's gotta be the Macbeth riff.

pomenitul, Sunday, 3 January 2021 00:04 (one week ago) link

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

System, Monday, 4 January 2021 00:01 (one week ago) link

I really need to read the de Sainte Exupery cos I've been meaning to for a while I think I half read one of the mail pilot books a while back.
Saw a film about him too.

Stevolende, Monday, 4 January 2021 00:04 (one week ago) link

I really love Night Flight but haven't read this one. I think I bought it in French once but then was too lazy to actually read it.

Lily Dale, Monday, 4 January 2021 00:12 (one week ago) link

escaped cock stan reveal thyself

Daniel_Rf, Monday, 4 January 2021 11:03 (one week ago) link

I missed this one, but probably would have voted for The Good Companions. It’s really interesting view into a vanishing world, vanishing even in 1929.

American Fear of Scampos (Ed), Monday, 4 January 2021 11:10 (one week ago) link

Wherein We Elect Our Favourite Novels of 1930

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