Wherein We Elect Our Favourite Novels of 1992

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The Emigrants by W.G. Sebald 6
All The Pretty Horses by Cormac McCarthy 5
A Heart So White by Javier Marías 3
The Secret History by Donna Tartt 3
The English Patient by Michael Ondaatje 2
Theory Of War by Joan Brady 1
White Jazz by James Ellroy 1
The Crow Road by Iain Banks 1
Sacred Hunger by Barry Unsworth 1
The Republic Of Wine by Mo Yan 1
The Butcher Boy by Patrick McCabe 1
The Discovery Of Heaven by Harry Mulisch 1
Dream of Fair to Middling Women by Samuel Beckett 1
Snow Crash by Neal Stephenson 1
Jazz by Toni Morrison 1
Lost Souls by Poppy Z. Brite 1
Leviathan by Paul Auster 1
Rum Punch by Elmore Leonard 0
The Heather Blazing by Colm Tóibín 0
Time And Tide by Edna O'Brien 0
Beirut Blues by Hanan al-Shaykh 0
Life-Size by Jenefer Shute 0
The First Century After Beatrice by Amin Maalouf 0
Journey to Karabakh by Aka Morchiladze 0
Peculiar Chris by Johann S. Lee 0
Songs Of The Humpback Whale by Jodi Picoult 0
Show Business by Shashi Tharoor 0
Sleepwalking Land by Mia Couto 0
Tree Of Life by Maryse Condé 0
Twice Blessed by Ninotchka Rosca 0
Uncle Petros and Goldbach's Conjecture by Apostolos Doxiadis 0
Mala Onda by Alberto Fuguet 0
Memories Of Rain by Sunetra Gupta 0
The Children Of Men by P.D. James 0
Possessing The Secret Of Joy by Alice Walker 0
Hygiene And The Assassin by Amélie Nothomb 0
Black Dogs by Ian McEwan 0
A Firing Offense by George Pelecanos 0
Clockers by Richard Price 0
A Fool's Alphabet by Sebastian Faulks 0
Hapole & Foxberrow General Publishers by J.L. Carr 0
Sacred Country by Rose Tremain 0
Yardie by Victor Headley 0
Postcards by E. Annie Proulx 0
Shampoo Planet by Douglas Coupland 0
Miss Smilla's Feeling For Snow by Peter Høeg 0
The Divine Child by Pascal Bruckner 0
Texaco by Patrick Chamoiseau 0
We Three by Jean Echenoz 0
Zaat by Sonallah Ibrahim 0


Daniel_Rf, Tuesday, 10 August 2021 14:32 (one month ago) link

Voting Snow Crash, which probably isn't the best thing on here but it sure is 90's as all hell.

Daniel_Rf, Tuesday, 10 August 2021 14:34 (one month ago) link

Toss-up between Ondaatje and Chamoiseau, probably the former.

pomenitul, Tuesday, 10 August 2021 14:35 (one month ago) link

The Emigrants .

So who you gonna call? The martini police (Alfred, Lord Sotosyn), Tuesday, 10 August 2021 14:36 (one month ago) link

Write-in vote for "Vox" by Nicholson Baker, with "Under the Frog" by Tibor Fischer as runner-up.

o. nate, Tuesday, 10 August 2021 15:12 (one month ago) link

The Emigrants .

― So who you gonna call? The martini police (Alfred, Lord Sotosyn), Tuesday, August 10, 2021 7:36 AM (thirty-eight minutes ago) bookmarkflaglink

STOCK FIST-PUMPER BRAD (BradNelson), Tuesday, 10 August 2021 15:15 (one month ago) link

Haven't we already had Dream Of Fair To Middling Women in a poll?

A viking of frowns, (Camaraderie at Arms Length), Tuesday, 10 August 2021 16:29 (one month ago) link

Jazz is sometimes my favourite Morrison.

edited for dog profanity (cryptosicko), Tuesday, 10 August 2021 17:58 (one month ago) link

Yes, it's really something.

Heavy Messages (jed_), Tuesday, 10 August 2021 18:25 (one month ago) link

a heart so white

《Myst1kOblivi0n》 (jim in vancouver), Tuesday, 10 August 2021 18:48 (one month ago) link

Have read Clockers and White Jazz, enjoyed both. Have read the Sebald, and it was compelling and kind of hypnotic while I read it, but left me with almost no lasting impression, and I don't know why. Probably a me problem. Should try again with A Heart So White.

JoeStork, Tuesday, 10 August 2021 18:58 (one month ago) link

marías has a very distinct style which i feel would be ripe for parody and i could see disliking it, but it hits the spot for me

《Myst1kOblivi0n》 (jim in vancouver), Tuesday, 10 August 2021 19:00 (one month ago) link

i have read eight of these, i think; voting mulisch

mookieproof, Tuesday, 10 August 2021 19:18 (one month ago) link

The deeper we go into this decade the more middlebrow my reading gets, it would seem - The Secret History, Snow Crash, Black Dogs, Smilla's Snow. Unashamedly voting for The Secret History, I read it at just the right time, first or second year of uni.

Believe me, grow a lemon tree. (ledge), Wednesday, 11 August 2021 07:54 (one month ago) link

Snow Crash, Secret History, Crow Road. i think these are givens!

but this was the year i joined that magazine bookclub that sent me all the booker prize shortlist so

Sacred Hunger by Barry Unsworth
The English Patient by Michael Ondaatje
The Butcher Boy by Patrick McCabe
Black Dogs (don't remember this, but do remember the cover)

plus a couple that aren't in this list (might be in last year's)
Daughters of the House
Serenity House

same book club also provided a copy of All The Pretty Horses which i didn't get around to reading for ~20 years and then loved. so voting for that.

koogs, Wednesday, 11 August 2021 08:25 (one month ago) link

Sebald, closely followed by Banks

Neil S, Wednesday, 11 August 2021 09:26 (one month ago) link

A Heart So White, followed by Sebald.

Vanishing Point (Chinaski), Wednesday, 11 August 2021 13:18 (one month ago) link

Jazz, Pretty Horses, and Leviathan are good.

Shampoo Planet is a certain kind of fun, and definitely of its time.

English Patient is incandescently amazing though.

I was in the right demographic for Secret History - I guess - but I hated it for some reason. Clunky prose? Facile? An Ivy League idea of clever?

biz markie post malone (Ye Mad Puffin), Wednesday, 11 August 2021 14:11 (one month ago) link

The English Patient movie >>>>>> book.

It accepts its foundational schlock.

So who you gonna call? The martini police (Alfred, Lord Sotosyn), Wednesday, 11 August 2021 14:14 (one month ago) link

The Secret History was fun reading but at least, what, 200 pages too long?

So who you gonna call? The martini police (Alfred, Lord Sotosyn), Wednesday, 11 August 2021 14:14 (one month ago) link

A disfigured face is more alluring when conveyed through blind words on a page.

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pomenitul, Wednesday, 11 August 2021 14:41 (one month ago) link

"Under the Frog" by Tibor Fischer as runner-up.

'Like reading a jockstrap' according to Tom Paulin, though I enjoyed it well enough.

Believe me, grow a lemon tree. (ledge), Wednesday, 11 August 2021 15:13 (one month ago) link

*looks up ""Under the Frog" by Tibor FIscher immediately*

Linda and Jodie Rocco (map), Wednesday, 11 August 2021 15:18 (one month ago) link

Automatic thread bump. This poll is closing tomorrow.

System, Thursday, 12 August 2021 00:01 (one month ago) link

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

System, Friday, 13 August 2021 00:01 (one month ago) link

Wherein We Elect Our Favourite Novels of 1993

Daniel_Rf, Friday, 13 August 2021 10:53 (one month ago) link

None of the things I liked about the English Patient were filmable. Digressions on maps and winds, naming and exteriors. The movie doesn't trouble to make the patient's identity a mystery, but the book is coy and teases the reveal. Ondaatje is my kind of writer - narratologically playful, beloved of a rich verbal surface. There's enough Carver out there for minimalists, give me a Woolfian tapestry plz

subpoena colada (Ye Mad Puffin), Friday, 13 August 2021 14:23 (one month ago) link


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