Wherein We Elect Our Favourite Novels of 1946

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Poll Results

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Titus Groan by Mervyn Peake 5
All The King's Men by Robert Penn Warren 4
The Member Of The Wedding by Carson McCullers 4
Joy In The Morning by P.G. Wodehouse 3
The Burmese Harp by Michio Takeyama 2
The Tragic Innocents by René Barjavel 1
The Street by Ann Petry 1
I Spit On Your Graves by Boris Vian 1
Heed The Thunder by Jim Thompson 1
El Senor Presidente by Miguel Ángel Asturias 1
Three Summers by Margarita Liberaki 1
Back by Henry Green 1
Histoire d'un fait divers by Jean-Jacques Gautier 0
All Men Are Mortal by Simone de Beauvoir 0
The Long Holiday by Francis Ambrière 0
Thieves In The Night by Arthur Koestler 0
Vercoquin and the Plankton by Boris Vian 0
All The World's Delights by Margit Soderholm 0
Academy Of Mr.Kleks by Jan Brzechwa 0
The Young Guard by Alexander Fadeyev 0
The Story OF My Wife by Milan Fust 0
Red Field by Jorge Amado 0
Mine Boy by Peter Abrahams 0
The Man From Mars by Stanislaw Lem 0
The Land Of Foam by Ivan Yefremov 0
The Honjin Murders by Seischi Yokomizo 0
Zorba The Greek by Nikos Kazantzakis 0
Then And Now by W. Somerset Maugham 0
Private Angelo by Eric Linklater 0
Nightmare Alley by William Linsday Gresham 0
Mr.Blandings Builds His Dream House by Eric Hodgins 0
Ilsa by Madeleine L'Engle 0
Five Passengers From Lisbon by Mignon G. Eberhart 0
Dark Passage by David Goodis 0
The Bulwark by Theodore Dreiser 0
The Big Clock by Kenneth Fearing 0
America Is In The Heart by Carlos Bulosan 0
Williwav by Gore Vidal 0
A World To Win by Upton Sinclair 0
My Career Goes Bung by Miles Franklin 0
Mistress Masham's Repose by T.H. White 0
Lord Hornblower by C.S. Forester 0
The King's General by Daphne du Maurier 0
King Jesus by Robert Graves 0
Jill by Philip Larkin 0
The Hollow by Agatha Christie 0
Dark Hero by Peter Cheyney 0
Chwalfa by T. Rowland Hughes 0
Bright Day by J.B. Priestley 0
Mr.Adam by Pat Frank 0


Daniel_Rf, Monday, 1 March 2021 13:47 (five months ago) link

Two interesting revelations for me here:

1- There's a sequel to My Brilliant Career!

2- Dark Hero is a 1946 thriller by Peter Cheyney featuring a Chicago gangster involved in the gang wars of the 1930s, who during the Second World War finds himself in Nazi-occupied Norway and becomes a hero of the anti-Nazi resistance - by applying essentially the same skills which had made him a successful and feared gangster.

Daniel_Rf, Monday, 1 March 2021 14:11 (five months ago) link

voted The Street; looking forward to the poll for the year The Narrows, which i like even better, was published.

horseshoe, Monday, 1 March 2021 14:29 (five months ago) link

Titus Groan ftw

Bidh boladh a' mhairbh de 'n láimh fhalaimh (dowd), Monday, 1 March 2021 15:05 (five months ago) link

Grave spitting ftw.

pomenitul, Monday, 1 March 2021 15:39 (five months ago) link

Some friends and I were visiting the house of a writer with a huge library. I remember us sitting on a couch staring at book spines and debating whether the book was "Titus Groan" by Mervyn Peake or "Mervyn Peake" by Titus Groan. Haven't read it.

Halfway there but for you, Monday, 1 March 2021 15:51 (five months ago) link

Voting 'Tarendol' by René Barjavel, a book with a title not on the nose too much for the English crowd I suppose, so in translation it became 'The Tragic Innocents', which, tbf, is more French than the French title! (and succinct, at that). Tragic Innocents, indeed. The doomed lovers plot never gets in the way too much of the beautiful and languid prose.

A Scampo Darkly (Le Bateau Ivre), Monday, 1 March 2021 15:56 (five months ago) link

PGW ftw

The Ballad of Mel Cooley (James Redd and the Blecchs), Monday, 1 March 2021 15:56 (five months ago) link

McCullers again for me.

Nightmare Alley by William Linsday Gresham

I don't really enjoy reading pulpy/noir lit but I love love love the film of this.

Vercoquin and the Plankton by Boris Vian

Reminded me I still haven't read Froth On The Daydream, don't think I'm going to get round to buying a copy and finishing it before the next poll, oh well.

The Land Of Foam by Ivan Yefremov

Was interested in the title and it turns out this guy invented this: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Taphonomy

Williwav by Gore Vidal

Teeheeheeheehee

emil.y, Monday, 1 March 2021 15:56 (five months ago) link

i read jill last year and loved it, but it has to be mccullers

(The Other) J.D. (J.D.), Monday, 1 March 2021 16:07 (five months ago) link

i read jill last year and loved it, but it has to be mccullers

(The Other) J.D. (J.D.), Monday, 1 March 2021 16:07 (five months ago) link

evidently my phone felt strongly enough about this to post it twice!

(The Other) J.D. (J.D.), Monday, 1 March 2021 16:08 (five months ago) link

Yeah, McCullers for me too: central character is similar to that of The Heart... in some ways, but younger and more isolated esp. in the attic of her mynd, with outer world of small town sharply depicted again---she does walk around and shit---but doesn't interact and change like heroine of prev. book (who is central but the center turns etc amid realigning subsets and individual characters). This 'un turns some but is deep axis, more like if Joyce might have written a novel based in his Dublinersapproach maybe (a much smaller group of characters overall for one thing, than in McC.'s first (hate its dolefully misleading title, refuse to use in entirety)

dow, Monday, 1 March 2021 17:25 (five months ago) link

Also, as usual, I've only read the one.

dow, Monday, 1 March 2021 17:25 (five months ago) link

I voted, but I'm not inclined to stan for my choice, so I'll just fold my hands quietly and observe.

Judge Roi Behan (Aimless), Monday, 1 March 2021 17:27 (five months ago) link

Again a year I've read little. Do recognise a few titles. Seen films and tv of Hornblower.

Read the Gormenghast trilogy and did enjoy first 2 a lot. 3rd was a lot more mundane but then Titus is travelling ain't he?

Warren reporting on Nixon this early?

Stevolende, Monday, 1 March 2021 17:30 (five months ago) link

Didn't know Dreiser and Upton Sinclair were still publishing in 1946.

Stanislaw Lem on deck.

alimosina, Monday, 1 March 2021 17:56 (five months ago) link

Not a great year for me, I liked The Big Clock alright but find Fearing’s Clark Gifford’s Body much more interesting.

JoeStork, Monday, 1 March 2021 18:07 (five months ago) link

The book was adapted into a film with the same title directed by Michel Gast. Vian had already publicly denounced the adaptation while it was in production, but attended the premiere on 23 June 1959. A few minutes into the screening, he stood up and began to shout out his dissatisfaction with the film, and while doing so, he collapsed and died from sudden cardiac death on the way to the hospital.

mookieproof, Monday, 1 March 2021 23:49 (five months ago) link

Williwaw by Gore Vidal -- with a W, not a V; this was actually very good but not a lot like his later books

The Big Clock by Kenneth Fearing -- wonderful noirish nastiness

Dark Passage by David Goodis -- wonderful mildly daft noirish nastiness

The Member Of The Wedding by Carson McCullers -- beautiful beautiful book, gets my vote

Mr.Blandings Builds His Dream House by Eric Hodgins -- gently humorous

Back by Henry Green -- really very good but annoying in that it breaks the pattern of his book titles (as does Caught), must try harder

Joy In The Morning by P.G. Wodehouse -- wonderful froth

The Honjin Murders by Seischi Yokomizo -- literally bought this 3 days ago

Tsar Bombadil (James Morrison), Tuesday, 2 March 2021 02:27 (four months ago) link

The Dreiser book is a posthumous publication.

Daniel_Rf, Tuesday, 2 March 2021 10:28 (four months ago) link

Automatic thread bump. This poll is closing tomorrow.

System, Wednesday, 3 March 2021 00:01 (four months ago) link

I know that "I Spit On Your Graves" was written to shock and disgust (I think righteously?) and it did that job on me fairly comprehensively and I don't much like even thinking about it.

Tim, Wednesday, 3 March 2021 15:59 (four months ago) link

My mum had an edition of that with a super cartoony blood drenched cover. Responsible for quite a few childhood nightmares.

Daniel_Rf, Wednesday, 3 March 2021 16:22 (four months ago) link

Boris Vian died of rage while watching the premiere of a film adaption of that book. This is my favourite bit of literary trivia.

Tsar Bombadil (James Morrison), Wednesday, 3 March 2021 21:53 (four months ago) link

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

System, Thursday, 4 March 2021 00:01 (four months ago) link

Wherein We Elect Our Favourite Novels of 1947

Daniel_Rf, Thursday, 4 March 2021 12:03 (four months ago) link


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