Wherein We Elect Our Favourite Novels of 1989

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Poll Results

OptionVotes
The Remains Of The Day by Kazuo Ishiguro 6
London Fields by Martin Amis 4
The Melancholy Of Resistance by László Krasznahorkai 3
The Book Of Evidence by John Banville 2
A Prayer For Owen Meany by John Irving 2
A Disaffection by James Kelman 2
We're Going On A Bear Hunt by Michael Rosen 2
Fair Play by Tove Jansson 1
Clear And Present Danger by Tom Clancy 1
Climbers by M. John Harrison 1
The Third Reich by Roberto Bolano 1
Nostalgia by Mircea Cărtărescu 1
The Last Will And Testament Of Senhor Da Silva Araújo by Germano Almeida 0
Women of Sand and Myrrh by Hanan al-Shaykh 0
Travelling On One Leg by Herta Muller 0
Thirteen Steps by Mo Yan 0
The Wench Is Dead by Colin Dexter 0
The Story Of The Last Thought by Edgar Hilsenrath 0
The Great Indian Novel by Shashi Tharoor 0
Mengele Zoo by Gert Nygårdshaug 0
Asleep by Banana Yoshimoto 0
Days Of Despair by Rajiva Wijesinha 0
Felidae by Akif Pirinçci 0
Lust by Elfriede Jelinek 0
The General In His Labyrinth by Gabriel Garcia Márquez 0
The History Of The Siege Of Lisbon by José Saramago 0
The Line Of The Sun by Judith Ortiz Cofer 0
Sexing The Cherry by Jeanette Winterson 0
The Russia House by John Le Carré 0
The New Girl by R.L. Stine 0
My Secret History by Paul Theroux 0
Jasmine by Bharati Mukherjee 0
Geek Love by Katherine Dunn 0
The Joy Luck Club by Amy Tan 0
Carrion Comfort by Dan Simmons 0
The Boat Of A Million Years by Frederick Pohl 0
Billy Bathgate by E.L. Doctorow 0
American Appetites by Joyce Carol Oates 0
The Temple Of My Familiar by Alice Walker 0
Tours Of The Black Clock by Steve Erickson 0
Passing On by Penelope Lively 0
In The Eyes Of Mr.Fury by Philip Ridley 0
Gwendolen by Buchi Emecheta 0
The Chymical Wedding by Linsday Clarcke 0
The Child Garden by Geoff Ryman 0
The Bridesmaid by Ruth Rendell 0
The Blue Gate Of Babylon by Paul Pickering 0
Yo-Yo Boing! by Giannina Braschi 0
While My Pretty One Sleeps by Mary Higgins Clarck 0
Ripley Bogle by Robert McLiam Wilson ​ 0


Daniel_Rf, Friday, 30 July 2021 09:39 (one month ago) link

Ishiguro for me.

Daniel_Rf, Friday, 30 July 2021 09:39 (one month ago) link

How do I not actually vote for We're Going On A Bear Hunt :D

imago, Friday, 30 July 2021 09:41 (one month ago) link

I've certainly read it more times than any other book in these polls.

Believe me, grow a lemon tree. (ledge), Friday, 30 July 2021 09:43 (one month ago) link

i don't love Bear Hunt tbh and i've certainly read it nuff times

mogwai oh wai oh wai (Noodle Vague), Friday, 30 July 2021 09:45 (one month ago) link

Ripley Bogle and The Book of Evidence have also read and have time for and don't feel worth voting for

mogwai oh wai oh wai (Noodle Vague), Friday, 30 July 2021 09:45 (one month ago) link

Cărtărescu, and it's not even close.

pomenitul, Friday, 30 July 2021 09:46 (one month ago) link

Bear Hunt is good fun to read out loud imo. Was very taken with The Book of Evidence when I first read it, Banville's writing is gorgeous but I eventually tired of his sad middle aged white male protagonist schtick. The Wench is Dead is the only Morse I've read, when it was the only thing worth reading in a holiday cottage iirc. Ishiguro it is.

Believe me, grow a lemon tree. (ledge), Friday, 30 July 2021 09:53 (one month ago) link

I liked London Fields but Amis is fading faster with each passing year. Tours of the Black Clock is quite a thing but I feel like I need a re-read. Going on a Bear Hunt is lovely and all but I think I've read it too much if anything. If it's not Ishiguro I think I'd go for Climbers by M. John Harrison. But it's Ishiguro.

Curious as to whether Paul Theroux has had any votes at all? He's appeared quite a few times now and wondering who, if anyone, still reads him or would stan for him as a novelist? (I'd happily stan for a bunch of his travel books, fwiw.)

Vanishing Point (Chinaski), Friday, 30 July 2021 10:01 (one month ago) link

I don't think he's had any votes, no. Might stop listing him.

Daniel_Rf, Friday, 30 July 2021 10:03 (one month ago) link

Thanks for continuing with these polls btw - they're really great (if costing me a fortune).

Vanishing Point (Chinaski), Friday, 30 July 2021 10:06 (one month ago) link

I read O Zone as a kid but wouldn't vote for it. Bit skeezy iirc

imago, Friday, 30 July 2021 10:07 (one month ago) link

back to the two or three options after last year.

"Jainlight writes stories about a fantasy version of Dania, whom he is in love with, and the stories attract the attention of Adolf Hitler, known as Client Z."

er, ok, maybe i don't remember this after all... (Tours of the Black Clock)

and A Prayer For Owen Meany, remembered fondly, but never re-read. (Garp is the same)

koogs, Friday, 30 July 2021 10:29 (one month ago) link

and The Remains Of The Day just makes me think of lee and herring's version.

koogs, Friday, 30 July 2021 10:30 (one month ago) link

don't want to know what you were doing when you posted that

i wish i had cuck feet (Noodle Vague), Friday, 30 July 2021 10:33 (one month ago) link

Thanks for continuing with these polls btw - they're really great (if costing me a fortune).

You're welcome! They're a lot of fun, and increasingly educational for myself as we move away from literary eras I'm au fait with.

Daniel_Rf, Friday, 30 July 2021 10:43 (one month ago) link

I've only read Lust and Third Reich. Have read v little from these lists lately but then again looking at it there is v little I am interested in.

Apart from Nostalgia, maybe. Only one be who gets on my radar but I do resist anything that gets called magical realism these days.

xyzzzz__, Friday, 30 July 2021 10:47 (one month ago) link

Wonder how Geek Love stands up nowadays? Not sure I can be bothered to dig it out and find out.

we thought that scene needed a little more conflict (Matt #2), Friday, 30 July 2021 10:58 (one month ago) link

Yeah I've also enjoyed quite a few Theroux travel books but have never been tempted to try his fiction.

A viking of frowns, (Camaraderie at Arms Length), Friday, 30 July 2021 12:00 (one month ago) link

I think I've only read We're Going On a Bear Hunt! I did read far too much Amis for anyone who claims to actually like literature but I'm not convinced London Fields was one of them and fuck Amis, I'm not voting for that twat even if I have read it.

Had a little scroll down wiki's '1989 in literature' page (as always, just out of interest, no critique) and I might have been tempted to throw a vote to Nick Cave's book, which would probably garner me some ilx mockery, and honestly I quite probably wouldn't like it now, but at the time I read it I was definitely impressed by the way he captured a grandly grotesque Southern Gothic style.

emil.y, Friday, 30 July 2021 12:18 (one month ago) link

My first reaction to seeing that title was literally "hey, didn't Nick Cave lift that for a thing of his?", lol.

Daniel_Rf, Friday, 30 July 2021 12:20 (one month ago) link

The Melancholy Of Resistance is the only Krasznahorkai I've read and I'm voting for it because it's really good. It was close though, because the Saramago's a beaut also.

I remember reading the Bolaño on the bus and desperately trying to hold it in a such a way that no one could see what I was reading.

Tim, Friday, 30 July 2021 12:28 (one month ago) link

Reading Mein Kampf and shaking my head the whole time so the people on the bus know I disagree with it

— Kafka, Esq. (@metalgearobama) December 30, 2020

Daniel_Rf, Friday, 30 July 2021 13:05 (one month ago) link

I've read "Clear and Present Danger" (read this when I was much younger - not great literature, but a fast-paced thriller with extra military hardware porn), "London Fields" (I liked this and the misanthropic sarcastic perspective a lot when I read it, probably due for a re-read), and "Remains of the Day" (just finished this a few weeks ago, enjoyable). Tough to decide, since it's been so long since I've read "London Fields".

o. nate, Friday, 30 July 2021 14:34 (one month ago) link

Voted Climbers which is like if you removed the gnosticism from Course of the Heart and replaced it with rock climbing

ignore the blue line (or something), Friday, 30 July 2021 15:54 (one month ago) link

REMAINS OF THE DAY

horseshoe, Friday, 30 July 2021 16:09 (one month ago) link

I've only read three of these and the only one that stuck with me is the Bolano, so I'll toss my vote its way.

it is to laugh, like so, ha! (Aimless), Friday, 30 July 2021 16:26 (one month ago) link

Keith Talent ftw

oscar bravo, Friday, 30 July 2021 19:52 (one month ago) link

Darts, Keith.

Vanishing Point (Chinaski), Friday, 30 July 2021 22:53 (one month ago) link

Automatic thread bump. This poll is closing tomorrow.

System, Monday, 2 August 2021 00:01 (one month ago) link

really getting into the blockbuster shtick authors now -- Clancy, RL Stine, Mary Higgins Clark. for people who want to read the exact same book 50 times.

adam t. (abanana), Monday, 2 August 2021 16:27 (one month ago) link

people who want to read the exact same book 50 times

I think Conan Doyle inadvertently started this trend with Sherlock Holmes. Doyle wearied of it pretty fast, but Agatha Christie saw the size of the audience and grabbed for it unashamedly.

it is to laugh, like so, ha! (Aimless), Monday, 2 August 2021 16:51 (one month ago) link

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

System, Tuesday, 3 August 2021 00:01 (one month ago) link

Wherein We Elect Our Favourite Novels of 1990

Daniel_Rf, Tuesday, 3 August 2021 11:01 (one month ago) link


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