Wherein We Elect Our Favourite Novels of 1964

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Pop. 1280 by Jim Thompson 4
Charlie And The Chocolate Factory by Roald Dahl 3
Harriet The Spy by Louise Fitzhugh 3
Herzog by Saul Bellow 3
Last Exit To Brooklyn by Hubert Selby Jr. 2
The Pushcart War by Jean Merrill 1
Alberto Angelo by B.S. Johnson 1
The Ravishing Of Lol Stein by Marguerite Duras 1
Nova Express by William S. Burroughs 1
Little Big Man by Thomas Berger 1
The Passion According To G.H. by Clarice Lispector 1
A Personal Matter by Kenzaburō Ōe 1
How It Is by Samuel Beckett 1
Dancing Lessons For The Advanced In Age by Bohumil Hrabal 0
The Dalkey Archive by Flann O'Brien 0
Beer In The Snooker Club by Waguih Ghali 0
Arrow Of God by Chinua Achebe 0
And A Threefold Cord by Alex la Guma 0
World Soul by Mikhail Yemtsev and Yeremey Parnov 0
A Bend In The Ganges by Manohar Malgonkar 0
The Face Of Another by Kobo Abe 0
Fire And Rain by Chiung Yao 0
Freezing Point by Ayako Miura 0
Ganterbein by Max Frisch 0
Girls In Their Married Bliss by Edna O' Brien 0
King Stakh's Wild Hunt by Uladzimir Karatkievich 0
The Lightning Of August by Jorge Ibargüengoitia 0
One Man, One Machet by T.M. Aluko 0
Time Of Parting by Anton Donchev 0
The Battle by Alexander Kluge 0
The Tenant by Roland Topor 0
My Brother Jack by George Johnston 0
The Wapshot Scandal by John Cheever 0
The Wanderer by Fritz Leiber 0
Tituba Of Salem Village by Ann Petry 0
Sometimes A Great Notion by Ken Kesey 0
An Infinity Of Mirrors by Richard Condon 0
Weep Not, Child by James Ngugi 0
The Desert Of The Heart by Jane Rule 0
Berg by Ann Quin 0
The Burning World by J.G. Ballard 0
Sorcerer's Apprentice by François Augiéras 0
Le Retour by Michel Droit 0
L'Opoponax by Monique Wittig 0
The Good Hope by William Heinesen 0
The Stone Angel by Margaret Laurence 0
Only Lovers Left Alive by Dave Wallis 0
The Late Breakfasters by Robert Aickman 0
The Garrick Year by Margaret Drabble 0
The African by William Conton 0


Daniel_Rf, Monday, 3 May 2021 10:07 (one week ago) link

I've read nothing! I started the Lispector but it was a bit too livejournal for me.

Daniel_Rf, Monday, 3 May 2021 10:09 (one week ago) link

Thanks for including the correct option. :)

pomenitul, Monday, 3 May 2021 11:29 (one week ago) link

Lispector is really good imo (and far stranger than just some form of Brazilian modernism), the reissues and further translations of her books has been a good thing to lap up in the last few years.

Last Exit To Brooklyn by Hubert Selby Jr.
Nova Express by William S. Burroughs
Pop. 1280 by Jim Thompson
Berg by Ann Quin
The Ravishing Of Lol Stein by Marguerite Duras
Dancing Lessons For The Advanced In Age by Bohumil Hrabal
The Face Of Another by Kobo Abe
The Passion According To G.H. by Clarice Lispector

xyzzzz__, Monday, 3 May 2021 11:40 (one week ago) link

Oh and:

A Personal Matter by Kenzaburō Ōe

Going for Hubert Selby, he is probably the most underrated American writer. Seen as either cult or a beat writer, or transgressive. Not sure the films have helped either whereas in his books there is a feeling for people on the margins which draws me to them.

xyzzzz__, Monday, 3 May 2021 11:45 (one week ago) link

passion according to gh followed by idk last exit to brooklyn

mellon collie and the infinite bradness (BradNelson), Monday, 3 May 2021 12:01 (one week ago) link

Alberto Angelo narrowly over arrow of god & last exit - lots here I really need to get to

Pinefox reviews Reviews (wins), Monday, 3 May 2021 12:16 (one week ago) link

Didn't enjoy a personal matter, didn't finish berg. That leaves the Dahl which I ain't voting for.

I took drugs recently and why doesn't the UK? (ledge), Monday, 3 May 2021 12:17 (one week ago) link

Maybe Pop. 1280 but probably Little Big Man

A Stop at Quilloughby (James Redd and the Blecchs), Monday, 3 May 2021 12:23 (one week ago) link

But not Herzog

A Stop at Quilloughby (James Redd and the Blecchs), Monday, 3 May 2021 12:24 (one week ago) link

Nova Express, Burning World and Pop. 1280 not top-drawer for their respective writers, which leaves Selby and Dahl to vote for - both controversial, but only one of which was the subject of an obscenity trial in the UK. Went for the one that wasn't in the end but it was close, and quite frankly difficult to make a comparison between the two anyway.

electrical wizard (Matt #2), Monday, 3 May 2021 13:47 (one week ago) link

HARRIET THE SPY

horseshoe, Monday, 3 May 2021 13:53 (one week ago) link

Okay, so, as I said, this is between Albert Angelo and Berg. The fact that the Lispector is here definitely throws a spanner in the works because that book is amazing (and another year good old Dorky Archives could win for me) but nah, it's between these two. And it is hard. But I feel like Quin's writing still has a lot of growth to do from here (I mean, this is her debut so y'know that's not a huge diss) - Berg is very much still in the Freudian mode, yr Hamletty Oedipal farce. Albert Angelo on the other hand is Johnson laying out his own fierce manifesto for what writing should be. Fuck all this lying indeed.

Also my cat is named after Albert, I couldn't not vote for my cat.

emil.y, Monday, 3 May 2021 14:07 (one week ago) link

For me this would be between "Herzog", "Little Big Man", and I guess "Charlie and the Chocolate Factory".

o. nate, Monday, 3 May 2021 15:09 (one week ago) link

Harriet the Spy vs. The Pushcart War, such a hard decision.

Lily Dale, Monday, 3 May 2021 16:38 (one week ago) link

think it goes to duras by a hair for me, but between g.h./lol stein/how it is/berg/the titles on here i would still like to read, pretty incredible year.

vivian dark, Monday, 3 May 2021 20:22 (one week ago) link

Feel like I should vote for Last Exit to Brooklyn but The Pushcart War is amazing, definitely the most radical novel I read for elementary school.

JoeStork, Tuesday, 4 May 2021 04:26 (one week ago) link

Automatic thread bump. This poll is closing tomorrow.

System, Wednesday, 5 May 2021 00:01 (six days ago) link

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

System, Thursday, 6 May 2021 00:01 (five days ago) link

Can't remember, did I vote for Little Big Man? I certainly should have.

A Stop at Quilloughby (James Redd and the Blecchs), Thursday, 6 May 2021 01:01 (five days ago) link

Wouldn't have bet on this outcome!

Daniel_Rf, Thursday, 6 May 2021 08:44 (five days ago) link

Wherein We Elect Our Favourite Novels of 1965

Daniel_Rf, Thursday, 6 May 2021 09:39 (five days ago) link

I didn’t end up voting for it, but I approve of the winner

A Stop at Quilloughby (James Redd and the Blecchs), Thursday, 6 May 2021 10:19 (five days ago) link

I'd never even heard of the winner before this poll. Okay then lads.

Also looks like either wins or I forgot to actually click the poll button (I'm sure I did but my brain is such a mess I might have spent ages typing and no time doing the click).

emil.y, Thursday, 6 May 2021 15:43 (five days ago) link


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