Wherein We Elect Our Favourite Novels of 1987

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Beloved by Toni Morrison 8
The Passion by Jeanette Winterson 3
The Black Dahlia by James Ellroy 3
Norwegian Wood by Haruki Murakami 2
Crossing To Safety by Wallace Stegner 2
The Door by Magda Szabó 2
Consider Phlebas by Iain M. Banks 2
In The Skin Of A Lion by Michael Ondaatje 1
The Commitments by Roddy Doyle 1
You Must Remember This by Joyce Carol Oates 1
Misery by Stephen King 1
Life During Wartime by Lucius Shepard 1
Baltasar And Blimunda by José Saramgo 1
The Bonfire Of The Vanities by Tom Wolfe 1
Christopher Unborn by Carlos Fuentes 0
The Shell Seekers by Rosamunde Pilcher 0
Blackeyes by Dennis Potter 0
The Prospector by J.M.G. Le Clézio 0
The Storyteller by Mario Vargas Llosa 0
Red Sorghum by Mo Yan 0
69 by Ryu Murakami 0
The New Confessions by William Boyd 0
The Ancient Ship by Zhang Wei 0
Anthills Of The Savannah by Chinua Achebe 0
A Trumpet In The Wadi by Sami Michael 0
Our Twisted Hero by Yi Mun-yol 0
Antonio And David by Jemal Karchkhadze 0
The Fall Of The Imam by Nawal El Saadawi 0
World's End by T.C. Boyle 0
The Cartier Project by Miha Mazzini 0
Moon Tiger by Penelope Lively 0
Farewell To The Sea by Reinaldo Arenas 0
Empire by Gore Vidal 0
The Medusa Frequency by Russell Hoban 0
Bluebeard by Kurt Vonnegut 0
A Yellow Raft In Blue Water by Michael Dorris 0
Swordspoint by Ellen Kushner 0
The Decagon House Murders by Yukito Ayatsuji 0
The Broom Of The System by David Foster Wallace 0
Fried Green Tomatoes at the Whistle Stop Cafe by Fannie Flagg 0
In The Country Of Last Things by Paul Auster 0
The Child In Time by Ian McEwan 0
The Book And The Brotherhood by Iris Murdoch 0
So Much To Tell You by John Marsden 0
Watchers by Dean Koontz 0
The Uplift War by David Brin 0
The Rules Of Attraction by Bret Easton Ellis 0
More Die Of Heartbreak by Saul Bellow 0
Infernal Devices by K.W. Jeter 0
Ambient by Jack Womack 0

Daniel_Rf, Friday, 23 July 2021 09:32 (six months ago) link

Oof, this is a tough one for me. Beloved is great, and will probably win this. Anthills Of The Savannah is a cutting, darkly comical novel - the way it illustrates how the ruling classes try to emulate the culture of the coloniser rang true to me even for a former colonial power like Portugal. Speaking of which, ultimately I'll have to revert to problematic patriotism and vote for the Saramago, just a crazy world to get lost in, quite jealous of the kids who got taught it in high school while I was stuck with Vergílio Ferreira's arid derivative existentialism.

Daniel_Rf, Friday, 23 July 2021 09:35 (six months ago) link

Ondaatje ftw.

pomenitul, Friday, 23 July 2021 09:42 (six months ago) link


horseshoe, Friday, 23 July 2021 13:30 (six months ago) link

^pretty hard to argue with, though this is a very strong year! I used to love the McEwan, not sure what I'd think now

rob, Friday, 23 July 2021 13:40 (six months ago) link

I've only read "Bonfire of the Vanities", "Bluebeard", and "Misery". I guess it would be "Bonfire". Shout out to "Dirk Gently's Holistic Detective Agency".

o. nate, Friday, 23 July 2021 14:04 (six months ago) link

i read The Door last year. loved it!

wasdnuos (abanana), Sunday, 25 July 2021 10:21 (five months ago) link

The Door is great as are the Fitzgerald and Ondaatje but Beloved is on a different plane of existence entirely.

Vanishing Point (Chinaski), Sunday, 25 July 2021 10:28 (five months ago) link

Um, I don’t see a Fitzgerald on this thread. Her name sister maybe.

Two Severins Clash (James Redd and the Blecchs), Sunday, 25 July 2021 19:18 (five months ago) link

Oh! I always and so on and so forth

Woolf & Stein 3d (wins), Sunday, 25 July 2021 19:36 (five months ago) link

Careful. There are some threads for that, although lately they seem to get mixed up as well

Two Severins Clash (James Redd and the Blecchs), Sunday, 25 July 2021 19:48 (five months ago) link

Automatic thread bump. This poll is closing tomorrow.

System, Monday, 26 July 2021 00:01 (five months ago) link

I meant Penelope Lively. Mea culpa. Moon Tiger is fantastic.

Vanishing Point (Chinaski), Monday, 26 July 2021 08:36 (five months ago) link

I read Beloved for my A-Levels and hated it. My choice is Ellroy for this year I think.

Neil S, Monday, 26 July 2021 08:52 (five months ago) link

I've read Phlebas, Bonfire, The Child in Time and The Door. Phlebas would definitely have been a favourite once but perhaps no longer, Bonfire and The Child in Time were too long ago and The Door was fine, I get the love for it but I didn't lose myself in it.

At Easter I had a fall. I don't know whether to laugh or cry (ledge), Monday, 26 July 2021 08:53 (five months ago) link

I considered The Child in Time, it's when McEwan still had that weird edge to his fiction that he later lost to much broader farce or dark comedy. It's a long time since I read it as well though, not sure it would hold up to a second reading.

Neil S, Monday, 26 July 2021 08:57 (five months ago) link

You Must Remember This is great

johnny crunch, Monday, 26 July 2021 13:43 (five months ago) link

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

System, Tuesday, 27 July 2021 00:01 (five months ago) link

Both fair and expected.

Wherein We Elect Our Favourite Novels of 1988

Daniel_Rf, Tuesday, 27 July 2021 10:23 (five months ago) link

Harry Mathews - Cigarettes

xyzzzz__, Friday, 30 July 2021 12:40 (five months ago) link

Oh yeah that’s a good one.

Tim, Friday, 30 July 2021 12:42 (five months ago) link

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