Wherein We Elect Our Favourite Novels of 1947

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The Plague by Albert Camus 6
Sleep Has His House by Anna Kavan 5
The Mountain Lion by Jean Stafford 3
The Slaves Of Solitude by Patrick Hamilton 2
Doctor Faustus by Thomas Mann 2
Froth On The Daydream by Boris Vian 2
In A Lonely Place by Dorothy B. Hughes 1
The Loved One by Evelyn Waugh 1
Querelle Of Brest by Jean Genet 1
Under The Volcano by Malcolm Lowry 1
A View Of The Harbour by Elizabeth Taylor 1
Exercises In Style by Raymond Queneau 1
Bend Sinister by Vladimir Nabokov 1
The Woman From Rome by Alberto Moravia 0
Without Seeing The Dawn by Stevan Javanella 0
The Reprieve by Jean Paul Sartre 0
Un roi sans divertissement by Jean Giono 0
When Smuts Goes by Arthur Keppel-Jones 0
Every Man Dies Alone by Hans Fallada 0
Die Stadt Hinter Dem Strom by Hermann Kasack 0
Fortress Besieged by Qian Zhongshu 0
The Setting Sun by Osamu Dazai 0
My Little War by Louis Paul Boon 0
Midaq Alley by Naguib Mhafouz 0
Act Of Passion by Georges Simenon 0
Meeting At The Milestone by Sigurd Hoel 0
The Man Who Had His Hair Cut Short by Johan Daisne 0
The Evenings: A Winter's Tale by Gerard Reve 0
Land Of Sin by José Saramago 0
Conjugal Love by Alberto Moravia 0
The Forests Of The Night by Jean-Louis Curtis 0
The Wayward Bus by John Steinbeck 0
The Victim by Saul Bellow 0
Prelude To Space by Arthur C. Clarke 0
The Mightiest Machine by John W. Campbell Jr. 0
The Fabulous Clipjoint by Frederic Brown 0
The Face Of The Clam by Luther Whiteman 0
You Can't See 'Round Corners by John Cleary 0
The Path To The Nest Of Spiders by Italo Calvino 0
Eustace And Hilda by L.P. Hartley 0
A Girl In Winter by Philip Larkin 0
The Dead All Have The Same Skin by Boris Vian 0
Darling Caroline by Jacques Laurent 0
Who Has Seen The Wind by W.O. Mitchell 0
Sarah Binks by Paul Hiebert 0
Whiskey Galore by Compton Mackenzie 0
Manservant And Maidservant by Ivy Compton-Burnett 0
The Light And The Dark by C.P. Snow 0
Jenny Villiers by J.B. Priestley 0
I, The Jury by Mickey Spillane 0


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

Voting for the ever-so-timely "The Plague". As someone whose french is still rudimentary he's such a good author to get started with.

Honourable mention for Under The Volcano, the gold standard of drunken-bastard-falls-apart novels.

Really nice spread this year, with the non-Anglophone section particularly strong. Gotta say even I've never heard of that Saramago tho, certainly don't see it with his other works who all had new editions come out some time ago.

Daniel_Rf, Thursday, 4 March 2021 12:07 (four months ago) link

also, bangin' theme song

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NiloWOFuY08

Daniel_Rf, Thursday, 4 March 2021 12:08 (four months ago) link

Got to be Elizabeth Taylor for me.

Vanishing Point (Chinaski), Thursday, 4 March 2021 12:49 (four months ago) link

The Plague, because I didn't get to vote for L'Étranger and because it rules.

pomenitul, Thursday, 4 March 2021 13:53 (four months ago) link

Would like to vote for Calvino, but it's not one of his better works. The Plague for me too.

Bidh boladh a' mhairbh de 'n láimh fhalaimh (dowd), Thursday, 4 March 2021 16:30 (four months ago) link

I've had "A Girl In Winter" on my shelf for twenty years and have never gotten to it; should I?

Guayaquil (eephus!), Thursday, 4 March 2021 16:33 (four months ago) link

The Plague, definitely, though it hurts to vote against In a Lonely Place.

Lily Dale, Thursday, 4 March 2021 16:36 (four months ago) link

It's possible the Queneau is the only one of these I've read actually.

Guayaquil (eephus!), Thursday, 4 March 2021 16:39 (four months ago) link

a few for the fall fans.
A few films I Think I've seen.

An interesting exercise in experimental that I'm not sure counts as a novel. Still would love to read teh book on Queneau that was done by one of teh lecturers at NUIG a couple of years ago but I think it was mainly available at Academic bopok prices. Really need to catch up with the books on the East Rising taht it is based around.

Think I read Querelle way back, certainly read some Genet.

Stevolende, Thursday, 4 March 2021 16:47 (four months ago) link

i certainly read Bend Sinister from the university library (so 30+ years ago)

koogs, Thursday, 4 March 2021 16:51 (four months ago) link

Voting for Kavan, despite failing to get her in the "author x compared to author y" thread, bah.

I love Oulipo, but Exercises In Style is just a fun little set of, well, exercises in style. I didn't find any heart there - Perec will always be my exemplar of the potential of Oulipo realised because he does manage to reach the heights of formalism *and* provide a heart at the same time.

Not sure why this particular pairing struck me more than any other, but browsing the list I found it really notable that Steinbeck and Calvino were publishing at the same time. They seem like such totally different generations to me.

emil.y, Thursday, 4 March 2021 16:56 (four months ago) link

Exercises in Style is incredibly useful as a teaching tool, but I wouldn't exactly call it a 'favourite'.

pomenitul, Thursday, 4 March 2021 16:58 (four months ago) link

I voted Vian having expressed my dislike of another of his in last year’s poll. Lots of strong competition here though.

Emil.y OTM (naturally) about this Queneau and Perec.

Tim, Thursday, 4 March 2021 17:00 (four months ago) link

Genet has always been a bit of a blind spot for me, I'm afraid.

And I agree that frothing Vian > spitting Vian, but I couldn't not vote for Camus here.

pomenitul, Thursday, 4 March 2021 17:01 (four months ago) link

Somehow I overlooked The Plague before casting my vote for Doctor Faustus. Camus will win easily so I'm glad to hype Mann at his most ILM-friendly.

I, The Jury is trashy and nasty but fun as a contrast to the seriousness of the Chandler/Macdonald school of righteous, sensitive private detectives.

In a Lonely Place is really good, completely different from the film, an early example of a serial killer story told from the killer's point of view. Hughes' 1946 Ride the Pink Horse is also a strong noir, and her biography of Erle Stanley Gardner is the best we're likely to get.

Brad C., Thursday, 4 March 2021 17:18 (four months ago) link

The Mountain Lion, even though it's a bummer.

horseshoe, Thursday, 4 March 2021 17:24 (four months ago) link

Haven't read that, or most--though do have favorably vague aftermemories of The Victin and The Loved One--will also go w tenacious impressions of The Mountain Lion, feat. hick antiheroine who marches toward the sympathy she would spit on the grave of if you proferred it on her side of the page: repressed and outward-nowhere bound, thinking of her body as a box: she is punk "before" punk, and not cool.

dow, Thursday, 4 March 2021 17:28 (four months ago) link

By "that," I meant xpost The Plague.

dow, Thursday, 4 March 2021 17:29 (four months ago) link

haha yes, Molly in The Mountain Lion is a great, terrifying character.

horseshoe, Thursday, 4 March 2021 17:31 (four months ago) link

I think this is the most I've read from one of these polls so far. Tough call between The Plague, In A Lonely Place, The Slaves of Solitude, and Under the Volcano (not counting Dr. Faustus which I abandoned at the halfway mark). Several others that I would like to read, starting with the Fallada. I would probably go with In A Lonely Place, which is gripping, genuinely creepy and has great LA midcentury atmosphere.

o. nate, Thursday, 4 March 2021 18:45 (four months ago) link

Slaves of Solitude

Sven Vath's scary carpet (Neil S), Thursday, 4 March 2021 19:23 (four months ago) link

Many fine books on this year's list. I recently read The Mountain Lion and it strikes me as the most perfectly realized and deeply human of the six of these I remember reading, so I voted for it. This could easily be an instance of accessibility bias at work, since most of the others I read much longer ago, but that doesn't mean I'm wrong.

Without Seeing The Dawn by Stevan Javanella

Takes me on a trip down memory lane.

Judge Roi Behan (Aimless), Thursday, 4 March 2021 19:38 (four months ago) link

Genet.

Close between that and Lowry. Moravia and Dazai good. Reve is just about the only Dutch author that's made into English that I'm really keen on.

Like to read Hamilton.

xyzzzz__, Thursday, 4 March 2021 23:22 (four months ago) link

The Fabulous Clipjoint by Frederic Brown -- lots of daft fun

I, The Jury by Mickey Spillane -- misogynistic balls

The Path To The Nest Of Spiders by Italo Calvino -- unusually realist early novel from Calvino, but still written with his customary grace

Bend Sinister by Vladimir Nabokov -- enjoyably creepy doppelganger totalitarian goings-on

In A Lonely Place by Dorothy B. Hughes -- one of the best noir novels ever

The Victim by Saul Bellow -- I liked this; again, shorter Bellow is better Bellow

The Wayward Bus by John Steinbeck -- another of his fun books, very charming

Eustace And Hilda by L.P. Hartley -- haven't read the other 2 in the trilogy, but this was actually very good

The Loved One by Evelyn Waugh -- brilliant and nasty

The Slaves Of Solitude by Patrick Hamilton -- maybe Hamilton's best? One of my favourite books ever. Voting for this.

A View Of The Harbour by Elizabeth Taylor -- God I love her

Whiskey Galore by Compton Mackenzie -- entertaining trifle

The Plague by Albert Camus -- masterpiece

Every Man Dies Alone by Hans Fallada -- understandably depressed minor masterpiece

Act Of Passion by Georges Simenon -- one of the great non-Maigrets

The Evenings: A Winter's Tale by Gerard Reve -- dark as fuck, very good

Exercises In Style by Raymond Queneau -- extremely entertaining

Tsar Bombadil (James Morrison), Friday, 5 March 2021 02:36 (four months ago) link

Whiskey Galore by Compton Mackenzie -- entertaining trifle

Entertaining Tipsy Laird, surely.

American Fear of Scampos (Ed), Friday, 5 March 2021 02:41 (four months ago) link

Automatic thread bump. This poll is closing tomorrow.

System, Sunday, 7 March 2021 00:01 (four months ago) link

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

System, Monday, 8 March 2021 00:01 (four months ago) link

Wherein We Elect Our Favourite Novels of 1948

Daniel_Rf, Monday, 8 March 2021 12:19 (four months ago) link


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