Wherein We Elect Our Favourite Novels of 1998

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The Savage Detectives by Roberto Bolano 8
Glamorama by Bret Easton Ellis 4
Atomised by Michel Houellebecq 2
About A Boy by Nick Hornsby 1
Identity by Milan Kundera 1
Tipping The Velvet by Sarah Waters 1
Parable Of The Talents by Octavia E. Butler 1
Filth by Irvine Welsh 1
My Year Of Meats by Ruth Ozeki 1
All Souls' Day by Cees Nooteboom 0
Butterfly Burning by Yvonne Vera 0
Agnes by Peter Stamm 0
The Bomber by Liza Marklund 0
Naoko by Keigo Higashino 0
Cage On The Sea by Kaoru Ohno 0
The Bondmaid by Catherine Lim 0
The Carpenter's Pencil by Manuel Rivas 0
Treading Air by Jaan Kross 0
The Seven Churches by Miloš Urban 0
Red Poppies by Alai 0
Panther In The Basement by Amos Oz 0
On The Water by Hans Maarten van den Brink 0
My Name Is Red by Orhan Pamuk 0
Mother To Mother by Sindiwe Magona 0
In Search for Khnum by Hussein Bassir 0
House Of Day, House Of Night by Olga Tokarczuk 0
Child Of A Dream by Valerio Massimo Manfredi 0
Crossfire by Miyuki Miyabe 0
Breakfast On Pluto by Patrick McCabe 0
Zero Degree by Charu Nivedita 0
Cities Of The Plain by Cormac McCarthy 0
Trumpet by Jackie Kay 0
Shopping by Gavin Kramer 0
Saman by Ayu Utami 0
King Rat by China Miéville 0
Childhood by André Alexis 0
Caucasia by Danzy Senna 0
Carl Haffner's Luck Of The Draw by Thomas Glavinic 0
Abyssinian Chronicles by Moses Isegawa 0
I Married A Communist by Philip Roth 0
Koolaids: The Art Of War by Rabih Alameddine 0
Trading Secrets by Paule Constant 0
Amsterdam by Ian McEwan 0
The No.1 Ladies' Detective Agency by Alexander McCall Smith 0
Manchester Slingback by Nicholas Blincoe 0
England, England by Julian Barnes 0
Another World by Pat Barker 0
The Path Of Daggers by Robert Jordan 0
My Heart Laid Bare by Joyce Carol Oates 0
Brown Girl In The Ring by Nalo Hopkinson 0


Daniel_Rf, Tuesday, 5 October 2021 11:05 (two weeks ago) link

Write-in for Magnus Mills' The Restraint Of Beasts, a book as wonderful as it is overlooked

imago, Tuesday, 5 October 2021 11:31 (two weeks ago) link

another strikeout

STOCK FIST-PUMPER BRAD (BradNelson), Tuesday, 5 October 2021 12:30 (two weeks ago) link

Yeah I got nothing.

ledge, Tuesday, 5 October 2021 12:50 (two weeks ago) link

Of the three I've read, I only enjoyed Filth, and it was a fun read rather than anything more. Would also have voted for The Restraint of Beasts.

edited to reflect developments which occurred (Camaraderie at Arms Length), Tuesday, 5 October 2021 12:56 (two weeks ago) link

also released this year, Thomas Wolfe's A Man In Full, which was my first encounter with a novel by an acclaimed author being dogshit

Daniel_Rf, Tuesday, 5 October 2021 13:05 (two weeks ago) link

funny how acclaim seems to make so many writers start churning out self-indulgent shit

edited to reflect developments which occurred (Camaraderie at Arms Length), Tuesday, 5 October 2021 13:10 (two weeks ago) link

might actually vote for Laughin' Michel Houllebecq, Atomised is a good piece of dystopian fiction written before his schtick curdled, if schctick can indeed curdle

Critique of the Goth Programme (Neil S), Tuesday, 5 October 2021 13:15 (two weeks ago) link

0/45

I have a copy of The Savage Detectives that I haven't read.
I did read A Man in Full, which is bad. I don't know why I bothered. Worst part was where Wolfe put his personal reactionary views in the mouth of a Black mayor.

adam t. (abanana), Tuesday, 5 October 2021 13:17 (two weeks ago) link

IIRC he had another "wise old black man" character in The Bonfire of the Vanities, or maybe I'm conflating the two books

Critique of the Goth Programme (Neil S), Tuesday, 5 October 2021 13:19 (two weeks ago) link

I used to get Breakfast On Pluto and Pluto Nash mixed up

Daniel_Rf, Tuesday, 5 October 2021 13:20 (two weeks ago) link

Savage detectives

siffleur’s mom (wins), Tuesday, 5 October 2021 13:21 (two weeks ago) link

I also read Michael Cunningham's The Hours. Not terrible but pales in comparison to Mrs. Dalloway.

adam t. (abanana), Tuesday, 5 October 2021 13:22 (two weeks ago) link

Agree on what Neil S said about Atomised but I wonder if I'd read it now and feel grubby. England, England is pretty awful from memory. Barnes as blow up doll on auto-pilot. Have read the Nooteboom but honestly can't remember much about it.

Would also have voted for The Restraint of Beasts, An Instance of the Fingerpost by Iain Pears or The House of Sleep by Jonathan Coe.

Vanishing Point (Chinaski), Tuesday, 5 October 2021 13:37 (two weeks ago) link

Roth again, he was on a roll mid/late 90s.

fetter, Tuesday, 5 October 2021 13:42 (two weeks ago) link

Got a few chapters into the Cormac McCarthy around 15-20 years ago, put it down and never picked it up again. I do still have that same copy though, very possibly with the bookmark in place, so never say never. Other than that I draw a blank for this year.

starship blooper (Matt #2), Tuesday, 5 October 2021 13:58 (two weeks ago) link

Had a particularly unboundaried English teacher when I was 16 who put Atomised (along with more Houellebecq and Camus and a bunch of other sociopaths) on a reading list, which appealed to my teen edginess a great deal. Some of the ideas are still diverting, but for all the other reasons I just find it too embarrassing to read these days.

The Savage Detectives is a masterpiece of absurdist poetic angst.

tangent x (tangenttangent), Tuesday, 5 October 2021 15:36 (two weeks ago) link

Oh and Restraint of Beasts would have been a fine addition

tangent x (tangenttangent), Tuesday, 5 October 2021 15:36 (two weeks ago) link

Was Camus a sociopath? I don't think so, but have perhaps not delved deep enough...

Daniel_Rf, Tuesday, 5 October 2021 16:15 (two weeks ago) link

Oh, not him. I was thinking mainly of the protagonist in The Outsider. A lazy catch-all...

tangent x (tangenttangent), Tuesday, 5 October 2021 16:47 (two weeks ago) link

Don’t know that it’s fair to call him “a lazy catch-all” either, would have to ask the Algerian coach

siffleur’s mom (wins), Tuesday, 5 October 2021 16:51 (two weeks ago) link

I don't have a strong memory of Tipping the Velvet but I generally like Waters

Extinct Namibian shrub genus: Var. (Ye Mad Puffin), Tuesday, 5 October 2021 16:54 (two weeks ago) link

I've only read "Atomised" aka "Elementary Particles" and "The Hours". Guess I would vote for Houellebecq.

o. nate, Tuesday, 5 October 2021 17:14 (two weeks ago) link

only one i loved out of this list was savage detectives

typo hell #10: i didn't think any of them really off badly (Karl Malone), Tuesday, 5 October 2021 17:17 (two weeks ago) link

also released this year, Thomas Wolfe's A Man In Full, which was my first encounter with a novel by an acclaimed author being dogshit

Gawd that book was bad. Wasn’t it the one with the blatantly racist scene set in Oakland? Iirc aside from generally dehumanizing the black residents of Oakland, he actually compared them directly to animals.

recovering internet addict/shitposter (viborg), Tuesday, 5 October 2021 19:46 (two weeks ago) link

Haven't read any of these. Given how much I liked 2666 I'm guessing The Savage Detectives would be my favorite on here.

Guayaquil (eephus!), Tuesday, 5 October 2021 20:20 (two weeks ago) link

People who know me well already know what I voted for here

Legalize Suburban Benches (Raymond Cummings), Tuesday, 5 October 2021 21:13 (two weeks ago) link

2666 gets it right where Savage Detectives...doesn't, quite.

xyzzzz__, Tuesday, 5 October 2021 21:29 (two weeks ago) link

Automatic thread bump. This poll is closing tomorrow.

System, Thursday, 7 October 2021 00:01 (one week ago) link

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

System, Friday, 8 October 2021 00:01 (one week ago) link

Savage Detectives by a mile for me. One of my favorite books ever.

Hannibal Lecture (PBKR), Friday, 8 October 2021 00:11 (one week ago) link

Impressed that I’m not the only Glamorama voter

Legalize Suburban Benches (Raymond Cummings), Friday, 8 October 2021 18:07 (one week ago) link

Wherein We Elect Our Favourite Novels of 1999

koogs, Saturday, 9 October 2021 11:01 (one week ago) link

special message to the Nick Hornsby voter

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ROFsV18qrdQ

look on my guacs, ye mighty, and dis pear (Noodle Vague), Saturday, 9 October 2021 12:40 (one week ago) link

Lol

He POLLS So Much About These Zings (James Redd and the Blecchs), Saturday, 9 October 2021 17:37 (one week ago) link

loved savage d

flopson, Saturday, 9 October 2021 17:58 (one week ago) link


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