Wherein We Elect Our Favourite Novels of… the 1870's, pt.2 (1874-1879)

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I think TRotN may be the first Hardy I read, and it has some setpieces that are seared into my memory (the bonfires in the opening chapter; Mrs. Yeobright's visit to her son's house and subsequent walk home; the cataclysmic storm)

handsome boy modelling software (bernard snowy), Wednesday, 3 June 2020 13:18 (seven months ago) link

the Egdon Heath opener is a bit of a slog.

I remember best Eustacia Vye allowing the boy to hold her ungloved hand -- a nice bit of pre-Bunuel sensuality.

TikTok to the (Alfred, Lord Sotosyn), Wednesday, 3 June 2020 13:22 (seven months ago) link

the Egdon Heath opener is a bit of a slog.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ogPZ5CY9KoM

How I Wrote Neuroplastic Man (James Redd and the Blecchs), Wednesday, 3 June 2020 13:32 (seven months ago) link

Anna Karenina

Brad C., Wednesday, 3 June 2020 13:39 (seven months ago) link

I've read a whole six of these, three of them by James of which my favourite is The American. I should probably vote for Anna Karenina but I can't remember a thing about it.

neith moon (ledge), Wednesday, 3 June 2020 13:41 (seven months ago) link

Voting Anna Karenina due to shocking lack of La Faute de l'Abbé Mouret

Anti-Cop Ponceortium (Camaraderie at Arms Length), Wednesday, 3 June 2020 14:09 (seven months ago) link

Nothing against Anna Karenina, but got to give it up one more time for ever-timely and dynamic doorstop The Way We Live Now.

dow, Thursday, 4 June 2020 20:22 (seven months ago) link

Yes, it's long as hell, but once it pulls you in, will take you around.

dow, Thursday, 4 June 2020 20:24 (seven months ago) link

Automatic thread bump. This poll is closing tomorrow.

System, Sunday, 7 June 2020 00:01 (seven months ago) link

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

System, Monday, 8 June 2020 00:01 (seven months ago) link

I've read Tom Sawyer and nothing else here. I suppose I'll have to get to Karenina eventually.

wasdnous (abanana), Monday, 8 June 2020 01:08 (seven months ago) link

Interested to hear from the Hector Malot fan.

Daniel_Rf, Monday, 8 June 2020 09:08 (seven months ago) link

i voted for the hector malot... i've read only 5 of the books on this list (the europeans, anna karenina, michel strogoff, tom sawyer and the hector malot) and as much as i enjoyed all of them and willingly admit the others might be better novels, alone in the world really made an impression on me when i was a kid. i just couldn't stop, reading it everywhere including at the breakfast table during family holidays, where i tried to hide my sobs at poor rémi's adventures. almost 30 years later it's still a running joke with my parents, couldn't not vote for it

Jibe, Monday, 8 June 2020 15:24 (seven months ago) link

even now just thinking about what happens to all the animals and good old vitalis brings a tear to my eye tbh

Jibe, Monday, 8 June 2020 15:27 (seven months ago) link

Cool, Jibe. I asked because I'd hardly heard of the name, finding out about new authors part of the fun of this.

Daniel_Rf, Tuesday, 9 June 2020 12:36 (seven months ago) link

i was surprised to see it included tbh, even though it's a classic in france and most kids called rémi have been called rémi sans famille or rémi sans ami because of it i'd wager. i have to say i'm really enjoying those polls and your selections, even though i've never read more than 5 or 6 in each of them, so thanks. how do you go about selecting the lesser known ones like sans famille? you might have already explained this in a previous poll

Jibe, Tuesday, 9 June 2020 16:17 (seven months ago) link

I use the wikipedia lists of novels by year/decade, which I think does give these some idiosincracies - Brazil seems very good at documenting its output on English language wikipedia, for example. If I stumble upon something that's outside of the USA/UK/France/Russia circuit I'm more likely to include it, ditto female authors. I think in this case in particular I just figured that judging by the wikipedia entry it must be quite famous and that my ignorance of it was my own failing.

Daniel_Rf, Tuesday, 9 June 2020 16:53 (seven months ago) link


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