Wherein We Elect Our Favourite Novels of 2007

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The Vegetarian by Han Kang 4
Tree Of Smoke by Denis Johnson 3
Endless Things by John Crowley 2
Divisadero by Michael Oondatje 2
The Great Man by Kate Christensen 1
The Yiddish Policemen's Union by Michael Chabon 1
Flights by Olga Tokarczuk 1
The Reluctant Fundamentalist by Moshin Hamid 1
Call Me By Your Name by André Aciman 1
Ourania by J.M.G. Le Clézio 0
Brodeck's Report by Philippe Claudel 0
The Gathering by Anne Enright 0
The Beautiful Annabel Lee was Chilled and Killed by Kenzaburō Ōe 0
The Girl Who Kicked The Hornet's Nest by Stieg Larsson 0
Alabama Song by Gilles Leroy 0
Song In The Clouds by Tong Hua 0
Animal's People by Indra Sinha 0
The Brueghel Moon by Tamaz Chiladze 0
Party Headquarters by Georgi Tenev 0
Our Man In Iraq by Robert Perišić 0
My Father's Wives by José Eduardo Agualusa 0
How I Became A Nun by César Aira 0
Half Of A Yellow Sun by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie 0
Every Day Is For The Thief by Teju Cole 0
Darkmans by Nicola Barker 0
Coconut by Kopano Maltlwa 0
Tales From The Town Of Widows by James Cañón 0
Chicago by Alaa Al Aswany 0
Soledad's Sister by Jose Dalisay 0
The Book Of Negroes by Lawrence Hill 0
Exit Ghost by Philip Roth 0
Dark Reflections by Samuel R. Delany 0
The Castle In The Forest by Norman Mailer 0
The Brief Wondrous Life Of Oscar Wao by Junot Díaz 0
Anxious Pleasures by Lance Olsen 0
A Golden Age by Tahmima Anam 0
The Gift Of Rain by Tan Twang Eng 0
Genocidal Organ by Project Itoh 0
Gentlemen Of The Road by Michael Chabon 0
The Gravedigger's Daughter by Joyce Carol Oates 0
The Shadow Speaker by Nnedi Okorafor 0
The Stone Gods by Jeanette Winterson 0
Self Help by Edward Docx 0
The Rain Before It Falls by Jonathan Coe 0
On Chesil Beach by Ian McEwan 0
Gold by Dan Rhodes 0
Girl Meets Boy by Ali Smith 0
Zeroville by Steve Erickson 0
Travels In The Scriptorium by Paul Auster 0
Free Food For Millionaires by Min Jin Lee 0

Daniel_Rf, Friday, 5 November 2021 13:42 (one year ago) link

another strikeout. lot of names i love though

STOCK FIST-PUMPER BRAD (BradNelson), Friday, 5 November 2021 13:45 (one year ago) link

Read more from this year than in a while!

Yiddish Policeman's Union is....ok? Affable but unmemorable.

Reluctant Fundamentalist is garbage, talking down to its audience as if the author were writing for the dumbest islamophobes. Add in a tragic dead love interest for good measure.

Alabama Song is basically the story of Zelda Fitzgerald. Lots of stuff about Fitzgerald and Hemingway being horrible horrible men, which I'm sure is all true but the prose is nothing special and there's something a bit icky about the end result of this supposed feminist re-evaluation being....another dude winning the Goncourt.

I haven't read the Águalusa but he's usually good shit.

The Vegetarian is strong, harsh stuff, gets my vote.

Daniel_Rf, Friday, 5 November 2021 13:49 (one year ago) link

And yeah, Half Of A Yellow Sun appears on the 2007 wiki list, even though the article itself mentions it came out in 2006, no idea.

Daniel_Rf, Friday, 5 November 2021 13:50 (one year ago) link

I should have campaigned earlier for John Crowley's Aegypt books, now I feel compelled to vote for Endless Things (the 4th and last) over Flights by Olga Tokarczuk and Half Of A Yellow Sun.

namaste darkness my old friend (ledge), Friday, 5 November 2021 13:53 (one year ago) link

Genocidal Organ looks intriguing

jmm, Friday, 5 November 2021 14:05 (one year ago) link

I have Darkmans at home and have read about 70 pages. Based on them it's going to be amazing but I can't vote for something I've read less than 1/10 of

imago, Friday, 5 November 2021 14:07 (one year ago) link

Yiddish Policemen's Union, because I like alt-history etc. police procedurals/gumshoes and this is a good'un, w some research and invention and settings, also it's the only one I've read.

dow, Friday, 5 November 2021 16:51 (one year ago) link

I'm striking out here again. The only 2007 novel that it seems I have read is "The Shack" by William P. Young. Not usually my thing but curiosity got the better of me, and it was bizarre enough to be interesting. Originally self-published, it went on to sit atop the fiction bestseller list for a couple of years and has sold upwards of 10 million copies. Father whose daughter was brutally murdered and is suffering from depression years later decides to spend a weekend in the remote forest shack where her remains were discovered, and there communes with G*d in the form of an African American woman.

o. nate, Friday, 5 November 2021 17:02 (one year ago) link

Yiddish Policemen's Union I read twice, because I thought it would be interesting to revisit it after living in Sitka, and I still don't really remember anything about it. I didn't think it was bad, but it refuses to stick in my memory.

Lily Dale, Friday, 5 November 2021 21:12 (one year ago) link

Truly light reading. Would like more about the island of Hasids & their boss (in The Sopranos sense).

dow, Friday, 5 November 2021 21:26 (one year ago) link


Legalize Suburban Benches (Raymond Cummings), Friday, 5 November 2021 22:46 (one year ago) link

Tree of Smoke, even though it's not one of my favorites of his.

Chris L, Sunday, 7 November 2021 12:54 (one year ago) link

Automatic thread bump. This poll is closing tomorrow.

System, Monday, 8 November 2021 00:01 (one year ago) link

A lot of authors I like here, but not a single book I've read except Oscar Wao, which is fine but not good enough for me to vote for against unknown competition.

Guayaquil (eephus!), Monday, 8 November 2021 00:40 (one year ago) link

Yeah, I liked Drown, but thought the novel was too stereotypical, predictable.

dow, Monday, 8 November 2021 01:11 (one year ago) link

oh i truly and deeply love divisadero, glad i scanned the titles again and picked it out this time

Clay, Monday, 8 November 2021 01:15 (one year ago) link

Oh wait, Mischa Berlinski's "Fieldwork" was a 2007 novel? I would've voted for that.

o. nate, Monday, 8 November 2021 14:12 (one year ago) link

Stephen King liked it: https://ew.com/article/2007/04/15/letting-fieldwork-go-waste/

o. nate, Monday, 8 November 2021 14:14 (one year ago) link

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

System, Tuesday, 9 November 2021 00:01 (one year ago) link

Great winner imo, tho I should go back & finish flights one of these days; but I remember just devouring the vegetarian (or vice versa). Bleak as hell tho. Curious if the film works at all

siffleur’s mom (wins), Tuesday, 9 November 2021 17:32 (one year ago) link

Not many voters!

dow, Wednesday, 10 November 2021 03:07 (one year ago) link

Will there be a 2008 poll?

Legalize Suburban Benches (Raymond Cummings), Friday, 12 November 2021 12:40 (one year ago) link

yes sorry, combination of a lot of work and very dodgy wifi - hopefully later today

Daniel_Rf, Friday, 12 November 2021 14:56 (one year ago) link

Wherein We Elect Our Favourite Novels of 2008

Daniel_Rf, Friday, 12 November 2021 16:52 (one year ago) link

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