Wherein We Elect Our Favourite Novels of 2002

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The Days Of Abandonment by Elena Ferrante 4
Kafka On The Shore by Haruki Murakami 3
Middlesex by Jeffrey Eugenides 2
Fingersmith by Sarah Waters 2
Agape Agape by William Gaddis 2
The Roving Shadows by Pascal Quignard 1
The Iliac Crest by Cristina Rivera Garza 1
Coca Cola Jazz by Kangni Alem 1
Everything Is Illuminated by Jonathan Safran Coe 1
Snow by Orhan Pamuk 1
Ice by Vladimir Sorokin 1
54 by Wu Ming 0
Annie Dunne by Sebastian Barry 0
Unless by Carol Shields 0
2 Girls by Perihan Mağden 0
Like A Speeding Youth by Han Han 0
The Polished Hoe by Austin Clarcke 0
Footprints Of The Outsider by Julius Ocwinyo 0
A Passing Season by Azucena Grajo Uranza 0
The Horrific Sufferings of the Mind-Reading Monster Hercules Barefoot by Carl-Johan Vallgren 0
Black Seconds by Karin Fossum 0
Foreign Words by Vassilis Alexakis 0
Cold Skin by Albert Sánchez Piñol 0
Crossing the Sierra de Gredos by Peter Handke 0
The Daughter by Pavlos Matesis 0
The Double by José Saramago 0
The White Family by Maggie Gee 0
The Scar by China Mièville 0
Altered Carbon by Richard K. Morgan 0
The Little Friend by Donna Tartt 0
Kiln People by David Brin 0
Girl Imagined By Chance by Lance Olsen 0
Bones Of The Earth by Michael Swanwick 0
You Shall Know Our Velocity! by David Eggers 0
The Moth Diaries by Rachel Klein 0
The Impressionist by Hari Kunzru 0
The Cutting Room by Louise Welsh 0
The Mount by Carol Emshwiller 0
Mr.Potter by Jamaica Kincaid 0
Light by M. John Harrison 0
Fox Evil by Minette Walters 0
The Autograph Man by Zadie Smith 0
Any Human Heart by William Boyd 0
69 Things To Do With A Dead Princess by Stewart Home 0
White Apples by Jonathan Carroll 0
Speed Of Dark by Elizabeth Moon 0
Ombria In Shadow by Patricia A. McKillip 0
Of Drag Kings And The Wheel Of Fate by Susan Smith 0
Crow Lake by Mary Lawson 0


Daniel_Rf, Tuesday, 19 October 2021 10:25 (one month ago) link

Fingersmith for me - some really great twists in that one, and that description of where the Thames begins. Adapted to the screen by Park Chan-wook, who I saw state that "Britain for me is just the place where Sarah Waters lives now".

Daniel_Rf, Tuesday, 19 October 2021 10:29 (one month ago) link

I read the Stewart Home. One of the few books I bunged across the room.

I loved Middlesex, though in my mind it's very much a 90s text. The Scar was where Mieville lost me.

Vanishing Point (Chinaski), Tuesday, 19 October 2021 10:43 (one month ago) link

these are getting scarily modern, i remember these being talked about when they were new.

(but haven't read any of them)

no, wait, Altered Carbon. ugly, misongynist and violent book. gave my copy away.

The Little Friend, is that the one with the snake preachers?

koogs, Tuesday, 19 October 2021 11:54 (one month ago) link

another strike out, but i've avoided several of these on purpose

STOCK FIST-PUMPER BRAD (BradNelson), Tuesday, 19 October 2021 12:56 (one month ago) link

Iliac Crest is very very good, though it was only translated to English a couple of years ago (by an old acquaintance of mine from college, in fact!)

Nature's promise vs. Simple truth (bernard snowy), Tuesday, 19 October 2021 13:00 (one month ago) link

The Little Friend, is that the one with the snake preachers?

Yep. Rather a slog. Light is the only other one I've read, I might have enjoyed it more without the frivolously deployed dickhead serial killer character.

namaste darkness my old friend (ledge), Tuesday, 19 October 2021 13:03 (one month ago) link

The Days Of Abandonment by Elena Ferrante

xyzzzz__, Tuesday, 19 October 2021 14:17 (one month ago) link

The only other I've read is '69 Things To Do With A Dead Princess by Stewart Home' and it's ok in a read it today take it back to Oxfam tomorrow sorta way. Really thought it would've been a late 90s product.

xyzzzz__, Tuesday, 19 October 2021 14:20 (one month ago) link

I always wanted to try getting into Stewart Home as he's an important related figure to a lot of stuff I love, but there's a macho aggressiveness to his work that really puts me off.

Wu Ming is also Luther Blissett, right?

emil.y, Tuesday, 19 October 2021 14:32 (one month ago) link

69 (geddit?) Things is page after page of aggressive, graphic sex and conversations about Lacan. Forever. I'm sure it had a point but I never found it. The staff in my local Oxfam would have been appalled.

Vanishing Point (Chinaski), Tuesday, 19 October 2021 14:39 (one month ago) link

The Days Of Abandonment by Elena Ferrante

― xyzzzz__,

So who you gonna call? The martini police (Alfred, Lord Sotosyn), Tuesday, 19 October 2021 15:02 (one month ago) link

Wu Ming is also Luther Blissett, right?

yep, give or take one dude.

namaste darkness my old friend (ledge), Tuesday, 19 October 2021 15:05 (one month ago) link

yeah I felt a bit suss even just typing out that Stewart Home title but I tend to try to include anything billed as postmodern or experimental fiction

Daniel_Rf, Tuesday, 19 October 2021 15:38 (one month ago) link

Kafka it is

Legalize Suburban Benches (Raymond Cummings), Tuesday, 19 October 2021 15:45 (one month ago) link

(The only one I read)

Legalize Suburban Benches (Raymond Cummings), Tuesday, 19 October 2021 15:46 (one month ago) link

Well, I vaguely remember reading the Eggers.

Legalize Suburban Benches (Raymond Cummings), Tuesday, 19 October 2021 15:46 (one month ago) link

Days of abandonment >>>> (i haven’t read a single other book on this list)

flopson, Tuesday, 19 October 2021 17:54 (one month ago) link

Days of abandonment >>>> (i haven’t read a single other book on this list)

flopson, Tuesday, 19 October 2021 17:54 (one month ago) link

The only two I've read are "Everything is Illuminated" and "Snow", so this is "Snow" pretty easily for me. Shout-out to Gary Shteyngart's debut "Russian Debutante's Handbook" which was enjoyably amusing.

o. nate, Tuesday, 19 October 2021 20:12 (one month ago) link

These last two polls have led me to realise I always get Jonathans Franzen and Safran Foer mixed up (perhaps unsurprisingly as I've read nothing by either of them).

namaste darkness my old friend (ledge), Tuesday, 19 October 2021 20:17 (one month ago) link

Ferrante and McKillip are awesome, but I haven't read either of these books. Only one here I have read is Kafka On The Shore: also the title of a song that became legendary, the sole single (backed w instrumental version) of a girl who then disappeared. Fun w the 00s Uncut/Mojo-type idolatry, then a 15-year-old boy flees something with a Dad-line penumbra, deep into the boondocks, finds a big sister figure, whom he fucks in a moonlight flight, not settling for her handjobs, finds the Kafka chick, who turns out to be his mom, so he fucks her too. By this point, I'm rooting for the Dad-like penumbra to squash him. I won't spoil the ending though. Is Murukami always like this?

dow, Wednesday, 20 October 2021 03:47 (one month ago) link

Cats, jazz, spaghetti, characters who art writers or editors, weird sex shit

Yep, that’s him

Legalize Suburban Benches (Raymond Cummings), Wednesday, 20 October 2021 17:14 (one month ago) link

Are, not art

Legalize Suburban Benches (Raymond Cummings), Wednesday, 20 October 2021 17:14 (one month ago) link

Automatic thread bump. This poll is closing tomorrow.

System, Thursday, 21 October 2021 00:01 (one month ago) link

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

System, Friday, 22 October 2021 00:01 (one month ago) link

Wherein We Elect Our Favourite Novels of 2003

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