Wherein We Elect Our Favourite Novels of 1930

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OptionVotes
As I Lie Dying by William Faulkner 7
The Maltese Falcon by Dashiell Hammett 2
Vile Bodies by Evelyn Waugh 2
Machine by Riichi Yokomitsu 1
Swallows And Amazons by Arthur Ransome 1
Narcissus and Goldmund by Herman Hesse 1
The Murder At The Vicarage by Agatha Christie 1
Job by Joseph Roth 1
The Defense by Vladimir Nabokov 1
Solal Of The Solals by Albert Cohen 1
Not Without Laughter by Langston Hughes 1
The Rebels by Sándor Márai 1
Disavowals Or Cancelled Confessions by Claude Cahun 1
The Hatchet by Mihail Sadoveanu 0
Fate In Tears And Laughter by Zhang Henshui 0
World Champions by Paul Morand 0
The Aloe by Katherine Mansfield 0
Bomben Auf Monte Carlo by Friedrich Reck-Malleczewen 0
The Fall Of Leaves by Reşat Nuri Güntekin 0
Mhudi by Sol Plaatje 0
The Twins by Abd Al Quddus Al Ansari 0
That Which Was Lost by François Mauriac 0
The Scarlet Gang Of Asakusa by Yasunari Kawabata 0
The Romance Of A Gaucho by Benito Lynch 0
Destry Rides Again by Max Brand 0
Oyfn Sheydweg by Eli Schechtman 0
Hunger For Death by Kazi Nazrul Islam 0
Militarized Streets by Denji Kuroshima 0
Second Harvest by Jean Giono 0
La Rue Sans Nom by Marcel Aymé 0
The Royal Way by André Malraux 0
The Passage by Vance Palmer 0
The Woman Of Andros by Thornton Wilder 0
The 42nd Parallel by John Dos Passos 0
Scarface by Armitage Trail 0
It Walks By Night by John Dickson Carr 0
Gladiator by Philip Wylie 0
Cimarron by Edna Ferber 0
The Outlaws by Ernst Von Salomon 0
Redheap by Norman Linsday 0
Angel Pavement by J.B. Priestley 0
Cakes And Ale by Sommerset Maugham 0
Not So Quiet: Stepdaughters Of War by Helen Zenna Smith 0
Memoirs Of An Infantry Officer by Siegfried Sassoon 0
Imperial Palace by Arnold Bennett 0
The Edwardians by Vita Sackville-West 0
The Black Book by Lawrence Durrell 0
The Autocracy Of Mr.Parham by H.G. Wells 0
The Apes Of God by Wyndham Lewis 0
East Wind: West Wind by Pearl S. Buck 0


Daniel_Rf, Monday, 4 January 2021 17:16 (one week ago) link

Not quite as impressive as 1929.

The Maltese Falcon is pretty awesome but also very similar to the John Huston adaptation which, y'know, has Bogart and Peter Lorre and such.

I read Cakes And Ale, remember almost nothing from it.

Voting Vile Bodies, which I remember being quite affecting.

Daniel_Rf, Monday, 4 January 2021 17:19 (one week ago) link

Read The Rebels, Job and As I Lay Dying. Going for the latter.

I've never found a copy of that Kawabata otherwise I would've read it.

xyzzzz__, Monday, 4 January 2021 17:20 (one week ago) link

Faulkner for me. Good to see HG Wells still going strong.

Vanishing Point (Chinaski), Monday, 4 January 2021 18:37 (one week ago) link

Seems sort of wrong to have to compare Swallows and Amazons to As I Lay Dying; I voted Faulkner but the entire S&A series is perfect in its way.

Lily Dale, Monday, 4 January 2021 19:48 (one week ago) link

I've read two.

Murder at the Vicarage: the first Miss Marple novel; I think this is the one that contains the goof that the murder scene was being watched by a gardener, and it's never explained how the murderer got by her unseen.

The Maltese Falcon: just watch the movie

wasdnuos (abanana), Tuesday, 5 January 2021 03:20 (one week ago) link

Claude Cahun for the book as disorienting art object, doubly so when it purports to speak of the self. So not quite a novel, no, but all the more intriguing for it.

pomenitul, Tuesday, 5 January 2021 03:30 (one week ago) link

The Maltese Falcon does have the Flitcraft chapter, which doesn’t make it into the movie.

JoeStork, Tuesday, 5 January 2021 03:34 (one week ago) link

The Maltese Falcon: just watch the movie

Almost all the dialogue from the Huston/Bogart adaptation (I think there were two earlier ones that nobody watches or cares about, but they exist) is lifted verbatim from the novel. Huston deserves his reputation for being extremely good at translating his source material to a screenplay and then a finished film. The Maltese Falcon delivers about 95% of the novel, which is astounding.

Respectfully Yours, (Aimless), Tuesday, 5 January 2021 03:36 (one week ago) link

It Walks by Night is creepy fun, but Carr got a lot better over the next few years.

As noted, The Maltese Falcon is essential for the Flitcraft parable.

Murder at the Vicarage is a solid illustration of why Marple > Poirot.

I can't really think of the Dos Passos as separate from the rest of the U.S.A. trilogy.

As I Lay Dying, shifting toward the other end of the deep South class spectrum from The Sound and the Fury, is faster, funnier, more horrifying, and his most bravura display of modernist narrative technique ... probably the best Faulkner novel to start with.

Brad C., Tuesday, 5 January 2021 03:47 (one week ago) link

Was just about to check if dos Passover was in USA. In which case I read it as part of that but that was a few decades back.

Have read Maltese Falcon too. Which is good.

Want to read the Langston Hughes too. Not sure how much prose he wrote seemed to live an interesting life though.

Stevolende, Tuesday, 5 January 2021 07:50 (one week ago) link

Totally agree w Brad C, will go w AILD, although yeah Maltese Falcon is really good and The Defense, about a chess prodigy gradually melting down, was one of my favorite books in high school and prob still a good place to start w VN, tight and vividly layered, eerie and funny.

dow, Tuesday, 5 January 2021 22:41 (one week ago) link

Automatic thread bump. This poll is closing tomorrow.

System, Wednesday, 6 January 2021 00:01 (one week ago) link

How do our lives ravel out
into the no-wind, no-sound,
the weary gestures wearily recapitulant:
echoes of old compulsions with no-hand on no-string:
in sunset we fall into furious attitudes,
dead gestures of dolls.

Had to vote for Faulkner.

A Scampo Darkly (Le Bateau Ivre), Wednesday, 6 January 2021 08:07 (one week ago) link

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

System, Thursday, 7 January 2021 00:01 (one week ago) link

Wherein We Elect Our Favourite Novels of 1931

Daniel_Rf, Friday, 8 January 2021 13:24 (one week ago) link

Pkatoniv's The Foundation Pit was published in 1930 apparently. Would've gone for that, though Faulkner is v fine

xyzzzz__, Friday, 8 January 2021 19:09 (one week ago) link

*Platonov

xyzzzz__, Friday, 8 January 2021 19:09 (one week ago) link


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