Wherein We Elect Our Favourite Novels of 1970

Message Bookmarked
Bookmark Removed
Not all messages are displayed: show all messages (33 of them)

The Beckett is posthomous; this year also saw the release of post-death novels by Hemingway and Malcolm Lowry.

Big push for representation in mystery novels in this year: a native american detective ("The Blessing Way"), a gay detective ("Fadeout") and of course Shaft.

Daniel_Rf, Monday, 24 May 2021 09:58 (one year ago) link

I'm holding my Ballard vote for later but damn The Atrocity Exhibition is a trip. I think I'll vote for The Bluest Eye.

Vanishing Point (Chinaski), Monday, 24 May 2021 10:15 (one year ago) link

After a few years of difficult choices, there is nothing here which I have read and want to vote for.

A viking of frowns, (Camaraderie at Arms Length), Monday, 24 May 2021 10:19 (one year ago) link

tau zero is among the worst books i’ve completed

mookieproof, Monday, 24 May 2021 10:23 (one year ago) link

Jeez I’ve only read Dahl & Ballard, don’t know how I haven’t read some of the others

I wouldn’t have thought to call the atrocity exhibition a novel (jgb called the stories themselves “condensed novels”) but that would be my vote on behalf of teenage me. Sitting this one out tho

Pfizer the pharma chip (wins), Monday, 24 May 2021 10:34 (one year ago) link

I'm The King Of The Castle did scare me as a kid, might vote it. Post-LOTF psych horror

imago, Monday, 24 May 2021 10:40 (one year ago) link

> tau zero is among the worst books i’ve completed

and the only one on this list i've read!

koogs, Monday, 24 May 2021 10:58 (one year ago) link

The bit at the end when they are tooling around in nothingness orbiting a nascent universe is pretty funny. I'm sorrier that I've read Jonathan Livingstone Seagull.

I was born anxious, here's how to do it. (ledge), Monday, 24 May 2021 11:03 (one year ago) link

Yeah, was going to say that the winner here is definitely not Jonathan Livingston Seagull. Aside from that stinker, my only choices here are between Dahl, Blume and Ballard, and Ballard very much wins that fight.

emil.y, Monday, 24 May 2021 12:06 (one year ago) link

is Judy Blume the dark horse here?

A viking of frowns, (Camaraderie at Arms Length), Monday, 24 May 2021 12:14 (one year ago) link

The Lime Works by Thomas Bernard
The Obscene Bird Of Night by José Donoso
Mercier and Camier by Samuel Beckett
Count Julian by Juan Goytisolo

Going for Beckett over Bernhard (whose best is yet to come)

xyzzzz__, Monday, 24 May 2021 12:19 (one year ago) link

Probably Robertson Davies.

Blue Yoda No. 9 (James Redd and the Blecchs), Monday, 24 May 2021 12:22 (one year ago) link

Beckett died in ‘89…

pomenitul, Monday, 24 May 2021 12:28 (one year ago) link

Mercier and Camier (not really a 1970 novel) and Jonathan Livingston Seagull (read when I was 12) are the only things I've read here. This could be the year for which I've read the least since these lists began

Zelda Zonk, Monday, 24 May 2021 12:36 (one year ago) link

Beckett died in ‘89…

Yeah, posthomous was the wrong word; it's a release of an older book is what I meant.

Daniel_Rf, Monday, 24 May 2021 12:44 (one year ago) link

Adding my voice to the list of people who haven't read many of these. JGB beats Dahl by some margin, I should dig into Moorcock one of these years though.

wherefore art thou romeo challenger (Matt #2), Monday, 24 May 2021 13:12 (one year ago) link

Too bad The Lost Ones (Le Dépeupleur, which was published in 1970) doesn't count, or I'd vote for it in a heartbeat. I've always found Mercier and Camier to be one of his slightest works, a rehearsal more than anything.

Anyway, it'll be another write-in for me: Anne Hébert's Kamouraska, a Québécois lit classic.

Pierre Guyotat's Éden, Éden, Éden also deserves a shout if you're into that kind of thing.

pomenitul, Monday, 24 May 2021 13:14 (one year ago) link

i'm voting for play it as it lays, book was life-changing for me even though everyone i've recommended it to was like "why did you do that"

mellon collie and the infinite bradness (BradNelson), Monday, 24 May 2021 13:14 (one year ago) link

I've read four: I wrote an adaptation of Mercier and Camier for a class, but it's really a 40s book; The Goalie's Anxiety is interesting, but it's surpassed by the Wim Wenders movie; the Blume book probably introduced me to the concept of menstruation; but I love the Ballard book more than anything else he's written, partly because he removed all the boring connecting bits from his other books, which I think he found as pointless to write as I did to read.

Halfway there but for you, Monday, 24 May 2021 13:47 (one year ago) link

Jack’s Return Home (filmed as Get Carter)

Brad C., Monday, 24 May 2021 14:14 (one year ago) link

I used to have the RE/Search publications edition of "Atrocity Exhibition", the illustrated large-format paperback one (roughly the size and shape of a thick, glossy magazine) with the anatomical cutaway of a naked lady on the cover, that was a staple of the book racks at independent record stores in the '90s. I think I never actually read it all the way through though. Probably the only one of these I've read in its entirety is "Mr. Sammler's Planet".

o. nate, Monday, 24 May 2021 14:18 (one year ago) link

The Bluest Eye

horseshoe, Monday, 24 May 2021 14:59 (one year ago) link

I wrote an adaptation of Mercier and Camier for a class, and I did some illustrations (M & C talking to the bartender etc, who looked like God x whitehaired Teddy Roosevelt, in a rudimentary way), for no reason that I can think of, but only time I ever did that for a book, so gets points for that. Also for being good in ways I can remember, incl. violence that kept me on my toes, in w the shuffle-along comic elements, and being the only one o these I've read. ut it's really a 40s book in a lot of ways, yes, but published in 1970, so qualifies in that sense too (ffs).

dow, Monday, 24 May 2021 16:36 (one year ago) link

Have only read Moscow-Petushki (my copy was Moscow to the End of the Line), which I liked. Have a copy of The Obscene Bird of Night that I’ve been meaning to read for years.

Expecting a landslide for Bottom’s Dream.

JoeStork, Monday, 24 May 2021 16:53 (one year ago) link

You're right, dow, but Atrocity Exhibition represents the spirit of its age more than Mercier and Camier so that helped move my vote.

Halfway there but for you, Monday, 24 May 2021 16:59 (one year ago) link

Yeah, 69-70 cusp was pretty much an atrocity exhibition, but like I said, only read the one, depressingly enough---will start doing better when we get to 2012.

dow, Monday, 24 May 2021 17:09 (one year ago) link

Bluest Eye for me, my favorite of Morrison's

heyy nineteen, that's john belushi (the table is the table), Monday, 24 May 2021 22:33 (one year ago) link

Automatic thread bump. This poll is closing tomorrow.

System, Wednesday, 26 May 2021 00:01 (one year ago) link

S. L. Bhyrappa sounds like an interesting writer. He is still living.

alimosina, Wednesday, 26 May 2021 23:57 (one year ago) link

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

System, Thursday, 27 May 2021 00:01 (one year ago) link

Wow, who else voted for Fifth Business?

Blue Yoda No. 9 (James Redd and the Blecchs), Thursday, 27 May 2021 00:06 (one year ago) link

Wherein We Elect Our Favourite Novels of 1971

Daniel_Rf, Thursday, 27 May 2021 12:02 (one year ago) link

You must be logged in to post. Please either login here, or if you are not registered, you may register here.