Wherein We Elect Our Favourite Novels of 1982

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A Wild Sheep Chase by Haruki Murakami 5
The True Deceiver by Tove Jansson 5
A Pale View Of Hills by Kazuo Ishiguro 2
Life, The Universe And Everything by Douglas Adams 2
So The Wind Won't Blow It All Away by Richard Brautigan 2
An Ice-Cream War by William Boyd 1
Mantissa by John Fowles 1
On The Black Hill by Bruce Chatwin 1
Bluebeard by Max Frisch 1
The Color Purple by Alice Walker 1
If Not Now, When? by Primo Levi 1
Young Shoulders by John Wain 0
Sour Sweet by Timothy Mo 0
The Wine Of Astonishment by Earl Lovelace 0
Andymon by Angela and Karlheinz Steinmüller 0
The Newton Letter by John Banville 0
Murder At Mt.Fuji by Shizuko Natsuki 0
The Winds Of Sinhala by Colin de Silva 0
Sweet Whispers, Brother Rush by Virginia Hamilton 0
The Serpent's Tooth by Catherine Lim 0
After The Flood by P.C. Jersild 0
1934 by Alberto Moravia 0
The Abandoned Baobab by Ken Bugul 0
Observation On The Spot by Stanislaw Lem 0
Limes Inferior by Janusz Zajdel 0
Concrete by Thomas Bernhard 0
Eye Of Cat by Roger Zelazny 0
The Assault by Harry Mulisch 0
The Secret Diary Of Adrian Mole, Aged 13 3/4 by Sue Townsend 0
Sabbatical: A Romance by John Barth 0
A Boy's Own Story by Edmund White 0
The Women Of Brewster Place by Gloria Naylor 0
Union Street by Pat Barker 0
Beka Lamb by Zee Edgell 0
Light A Penny Candle by Maeve Binchy 0
Keepers Of The House by Lisa St.Aubin de Terán 0
The House Of The Spirits by Isabel Allende 0
The Great Fire Of London by Peter Ackroyd 0
The Dean's December by Saul Bellow 0
Dinner At The Homesick Restaurant by Anne Tyler 0
The Gunslinger by Stephen King 0
The False Inspector Dew by Peter Lovesey 0
The BFG by Roald Dahl 0
Innocence by Penelope Fitzgerald 0
Palace Of The White Skunks by Reinaldo Arenas 0
No Enemy But Time by Michael Bishop 0
The Names by Don DeLillo 0
Master Of The Game by Sidney Sheldon 0
Ham On Rue by Charles Bukowski 0
The Butcher's Boy by Thomas Perry 0


Daniel_Rf, Tuesday, 6 July 2021 10:44 (three months ago) link

Wherein We Elect Our Favourite Novels of 1982

Daniel_Rf, Tuesday, 6 July 2021 10:45 (three months ago) link

haha, oops

Daniel_Rf, Tuesday, 6 July 2021 10:45 (three months ago) link

Adrian Mole was a thing my dad gave me to read in my teen years, really no idea in retrospect how much I was supposed to relate and how many British references I was probably missing? Think I enjoyed her book where the royal family gets kicked out of Buckingham better.

Adams should've left well alone after Life, The Universe & Everything (he certainly wanted to).

Anyway, this is True Deceiver, Jansson's masterpiece, just so sharp and unrelenting on how people work. I should reread.

Daniel_Rf, Tuesday, 6 July 2021 10:49 (three months ago) link

Voting for the heartbreaking Brautigan book, though Adrian Mole is definitely in my top-5 most-reread books.

Best HHGTG book is #4, "So Long And Thanks For All The Fish", best thing he ever wrote, this is a hill I will die on. (book #5 is the worst thing wrote)

A viking of frowns, (Camaraderie at Arms Length), Tuesday, 6 July 2021 11:14 (three months ago) link

Either PL or PKF.

Planck Generation (James Redd and the Blecchs), Tuesday, 6 July 2021 11:45 (three months ago) link

Adrian Mole was a thing my dad gave me to read in my teen years, really no idea in retrospect how much I was supposed to relate and how many British references I was probably missing?

iirc my dad was baffled by this letter from adrian's american pen pal but i managed to parse it:

Howya doin’? I hope the situation Pandorawise is ongoing! She sounds kinda zappy! Scotland blew my mind! It was so far out as to be nuked! You’re a great human being, Aid. I guess I was kinda traumatized when we rapped but Dr Eagelburger (my shrink) is doing great things with my libido. Mom’s really wiped out right now, turns out number four is a TV and has a better collection of Calvin Kleins than she do! Don’t you think the fall is a drag? Son-of-a-bitch leaves everywhere!

In the wastelands of Birmingham and Manchester, massages are back (ledge), Tuesday, 6 July 2021 12:19 (three months ago) link

This is all I've read:

Concrete by Thomas Bernhard

At some point in the late 70s it's gone from half a dozen or more to only one or three read in these lists.

xyzzzz__, Tuesday, 6 July 2021 13:53 (three months ago) link

Last year was a 0 for me, this year I've read 6. Have you seriously never read The BFG or Adrian Mole?

A viking of frowns, (Camaraderie at Arms Length), Tuesday, 6 July 2021 13:57 (three months ago) link

I've just read The BFG to my daughter, there was one funny bit:

I is reading it hundreds of times,' the BFG said. 'And I is still reading it and teaching new words to myself and how to write them. It is the most scrumdiddlyumptious story.'

Sophie took the book out of his hand. 'Nicholas Nickleby,' she read aloud.

'By Dahl's Chickens,' the BFG said.

'By who?' Sophie said.

Besides that there was not much for a 47 year old man to enjoy.

Also read Allende, Ishiguro, Doug Adams, Banville, and Adrian Mole, I guess Ishiguro out of that lot.

In the wastelands of Birmingham and Manchester, massages are back (ledge), Tuesday, 6 July 2021 14:31 (three months ago) link

Have read the Levi, Ishiguro, Dahl, Bukoswski, Murakami; Adrian Mole is burned into my brain from re-readings when I was a kid. Still think this is Bruce Chatwin's On The Black Hill though. Beautiful book.

Vanishing Point (Chinaski), Tuesday, 6 July 2021 14:47 (three months ago) link

Having only read the Hitch-Hiker's Guide sequel, Adrian Mole and A Wild Sheep Chase I'm going for Murakami, despite his somewhat icky attitude towards women.

maybe you just don't need to comment on that (Matt #2), Tuesday, 6 July 2021 15:01 (three months ago) link

Hm. Read a few and I think it will be Brautigan, though it's not my favourite of his. Btw I'm terrible at dates so aside from my already-completed Johnson/Quin boosting I won't be able to write anything in - if anyone wants to note fine experimental works I can be indignant about the exclusion of then please do.

emil.y, Tuesday, 6 July 2021 15:42 (three months ago) link

Or, better yet, be like emil.y and give me a heads up on what you want included in future installments instead of complaining after it's too late :D

Daniel_Rf, Tuesday, 6 July 2021 15:58 (three months ago) link

yay, The True Deceiver!

I've read very few of the others, vaguely dislike both Murakami and Anne Tyler and hate Roald Dahl so this is an easy vote.

Lily Dale, Tuesday, 6 July 2021 16:08 (three months ago) link

The only one I've read from this list is the Douglas Adams book. I've also read a lot of sci-fi from this year that was wisely excluded (e.g. Battlefield Earth by L. Ron Hubbard, Friday by Heinlein, Foundation's Edge by Asimov, 2010 by Arthur C. Clarke) and a middling Vonnegut novel (Deadeye Dick).

o. nate, Tuesday, 6 July 2021 16:51 (three months ago) link

I liked the Murakami when I read it but at some point I got tired of him, sorry

Planck Generation (James Redd and the Blecchs), Tuesday, 6 July 2021 22:10 (three months ago) link

Deadeye Dick isn't top tier Vonnegut but there are some interesting ideas in there.

A viking of frowns, (Camaraderie at Arms Length), Tuesday, 6 July 2021 22:31 (three months ago) link

Best HHGTG book is #4, "So Long And Thanks For All The Fish", best thing he ever wrote, this is a hill I will die on.

Totally agree, he gives Arthur a brief period of happiness, which I really like.

It’s also really deeply descriptive of the Islington of my childhood, and I love that.

American Fear of Scampos (Ed), Wednesday, 7 July 2021 03:04 (three months ago) link

write-ins for:

wittgenstein's nephew, thomas bernhard
in viriconium, m. john harrison

mookieproof, Wednesday, 7 July 2021 03:18 (three months ago) link

I'd have voted for Viriconium in a flash

Southgate Serves Imperialism (Noodle Vague), Wednesday, 7 July 2021 11:52 (three months ago) link

was The Gunslinger published at the time?

wikipedia
"The finished product was first published by Donald M. Grant, Publisher, Inc. as a limited edition in 1982", with another 10k later. (and even then it was 5 short stories munged together.

so not really. i wasn't aware until '88 when it became Dark Tower vol 1

koogs, Wednesday, 7 July 2021 13:14 (three months ago) link

It's rubbish anyway :)

Daniel_Rf, Wednesday, 7 July 2021 13:16 (three months ago) link

i have memories of reading it in the guesthouse during my first week of my first job, sat in the guest house before we'd sorted out accomodation.

and went on to read all the others, *some* of which were good. didn't bother with anytihng after the original 7 though (haven't there been add-ons and prequels?)

koogs, Wednesday, 7 July 2021 13:42 (three months ago) link

Automatic thread bump. This poll is closing tomorrow.

System, Thursday, 8 July 2021 00:01 (three months ago) link

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

System, Friday, 9 July 2021 00:01 (three months ago) link

I'll take a tie, shout outs to the other four True Deceiver stans!

Daniel_Rf, Friday, 9 July 2021 10:34 (three months ago) link

Wherein We Elect Our Favourite Novels of 1983

Daniel_Rf, Friday, 9 July 2021 11:33 (three months ago) link


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