Wherein We Elect Our Favourite Novels of 2003

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Elizabeth Costello by J. M. Coetzee 4
The Fortress Of Solitude by Jonathan Lethem 3
The Curious Incident Of The Dog In The Night-Time by Mark Haddon 2
Quicksilver by Neal Stephenson 1
Cosmopolis by Don DeLillo 1
Out Stealing Horses by Per Petterson 1
Millenium People by J.G. Ballard 1
Brecht's Mistress by Jacques-Pierre Amette 0
The Asylum Seeker by Arnon Grunberg 0
Lottery Scratchcards by Kerstin Ekman 0
The In-Between World of Vikram Lall by M. G. Vassanji 0
The Housekeeper And The Professor by Yoko Ogawa 0
Windows On The World by Frédéric Beigbeder 0
Pow! by Mo Yan 0
Empress by Shan Sa 0
The Way To Paradise by Mario Vargas Llosa 0
The Black Fox by Sjón 0
The Successor by Ismail Kadare 0
Real World by Natsuo Kirino 0
The Oxford Murders by Guillermo Martínez 0
Me and Kaminski by Daniel Kehlmann 0
The Good Doctor by Damon Galgut 0
Feast Of The Innocents by Azucena Grajo Uranza 0
Fathers And Forefathers by Slobodan Selenić 0
The Executioner by Stefan Kisyov 0
The Case of Unfaithful Klara by Michal Viewegh 0
Hey Nostradamus! by Douglas Coupland 0
The Scheme For Full Employment by Magnus Mills 0
The Photograph by Penelope Lively 0
Love by Toni Morrison 0
Lost Boy, Lost Girl by Peter Straub 0
Blacklist by Sara Paretsky 0
Vernon God Little by DBC Pierre 0
The Time Traveller's Wife by Audrey Niffenegger 0
The Rising by Brian Keene 0
Purple Hibiscus by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie 0
Dissolution by C.J. Sansom 0
The Calligrapher by Edward Docx 0
No Matter How Much You Promise to Cook or Pay the Rent You Blew It Cauze Bill Bailey Ain't Never Coming Home Again by E 0
Omega by Jack McDevitt 0
Notes On A Scandal by Zoe Heller 0
Half Broken Things by Morag Joss 0
A Distant Shore by Caryl Phillips 0
The Clerkenwell Tales by Peter Ackroyd 0
Buddha Da by Anne Donovan 0
The Great Fire by Shirley Hazzard 0
We Need To Talk About Kevin by Lionel Shriver 0
Southland by Nina Revoyr 0
Paladin Of Souls by Lois McMaster Bujold 0
Black Bird by Michel Brasillières 0


Daniel_Rf, Friday, 22 October 2021 11:03 (one month ago) link

also released that year: Da Vinci Code, Harry Potter In Calcutta and Iain Duncan Smith's The Devil's Tune.

Daniel_Rf, Friday, 22 October 2021 13:31 (one month ago) link

i have only read cosmopolis which aside from the embarrassing club interlude is my favorite delillo i've read

STOCK FIST-PUMPER BRAD (BradNelson), Friday, 22 October 2021 13:39 (one month ago) link

We Need To Talk About What a Fascist Moron Lionel Is

look on my guacs, ye mighty, and dis pear (Noodle Vague), Friday, 22 October 2021 13:43 (one month ago) link

DeLillo, the only one I’ve read

Legalize Suburban Benches (Raymond Cummings), Friday, 22 October 2021 13:55 (one month ago) link

hahaha NV were you less attuned to literary wrong 'uns before the 00's?

Daniel_Rf, Friday, 22 October 2021 14:00 (one month ago) link

0 read
1 unread (oxfam copy of Quicksilver sat waiting for me to find the 3 months necessary to read it)

koogs, Friday, 22 October 2021 15:25 (one month ago) link

I've read few of these and all I remember about the few I've read is that "Curious Incident" is bad so don't vote for that

Guayaquil (eephus!), Friday, 22 October 2021 15:27 (one month ago) link

It's the only one I've read and I don't remember it being that bad, not that I'm going to vote for it.

namaste darkness my old friend (ledge), Friday, 22 October 2021 15:36 (one month ago) link

Daniel_Rf do you not always include the booker winners? just noticed life of pi wasn't in the 2002 poll (not that i have strong feelings about it or the booker prize in general).

namaste darkness my old friend (ledge), Friday, 22 October 2021 15:37 (one month ago) link

Read half a dozen of these. I wonder how the Haddon has aged? Didn't love or hate it at the time. Cosmopolis was completely dead on the page for me (which may well have been DeLillo's goal ofc). Millennium People is fine late Ballard but you can sense him tiring. Elizabeth Costello is a pretty brutal read. It's Coetzee at his most provocative I think. I might vote for that.

Vanishing Point (Chinaski), Friday, 22 October 2021 16:07 (one month ago) link

Is the Sjon the Blue Fox? That's a great little book, albeit more hallucination than book.

Just seen the Lethem. I think I'll go for that.

Vanishing Point (Chinaski), Friday, 22 October 2021 16:09 (one month ago) link

I'm completely striking out here, but I've thought about reading "Fortress of Solitude" so many times I almost feel like I've read it.

o. nate, Friday, 22 October 2021 17:35 (one month ago) link

To soothe my ego, I will say that I would've voted for "My Life as a Fake" by Peter Carey if it had been listed.

o. nate, Friday, 22 October 2021 17:42 (one month ago) link

I gave up on Fortress of Solitude on the chapter written like a Black preacher's oratory.

adam t. (abanana), Friday, 22 October 2021 19:36 (one month ago) link

Automatic thread bump. This poll is closing tomorrow.

System, Monday, 25 October 2021 00:01 (one month ago) link

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

System, Tuesday, 26 October 2021 00:01 (one month ago) link

i had only read the Curious Incident and The Time-Traveller's Wife and while they were both readable I'm pretty sure far better books came out that year. I think I started Fortress of Solitude and didn't get far, though I've enjoyed other Lethem.

JoeStork, Tuesday, 26 October 2021 01:47 (one month ago) link

first one in decades i'd read none of, which i'm sure means nothing at all

mookieproof, Tuesday, 26 October 2021 01:55 (one month ago) link

Time Traveler's Wife was one that I thought I enjoyed reading and then realized in retrospect I hated.

Lily Dale, Tuesday, 26 October 2021 02:00 (one month ago) link

Wherein We Elect Our Favourite Novels of 2004

Daniel_Rf, Tuesday, 26 October 2021 13:59 (one month ago) link


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