Wherein We Elect Our Favourite Novels of 1913

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three of those in my TODO pile, zero in my read pile.

koogs, Monday, 12 October 2020 14:37 (one month ago) link

I could vote for my favourite novel ever, but Le Grand Meaulnes is stunning also. I've not yet read Cather.

jmm, Monday, 12 October 2020 14:46 (one month ago) link

Only one winner.

Read Petersburg also. Remember it being ok without agreeing with the lavish praise from the likes of Nabokov.

xyzzzz__, Monday, 12 October 2020 14:53 (one month ago) link

"Anticipates Joyce" made me raise an eyebrow as I was reading the wiki entry for that one.

Daniel_Rf, Monday, 12 October 2020 14:59 (one month ago) link

Yeah lol, a lot of wild discourse on that one from émigré Russians. Real desire of Russians to join the modernist fun but a lot of that comes in from the poets (who also wrote wild prose if not novels), and maybe Platonov.

xyzzzz__, Monday, 12 October 2020 15:07 (one month ago) link

Austen fanfic isn't my thing, but it's interesting to learn that someone was doing it in obscurity this early.

Very little is known about Sybil Grace Brinton. She was born in 1874 at Stourport-on-Severn in Worcestershire and was subject to ill health throughout her life. She married in 1908 and died in 1928. What she termed her "little attempt at picturing the after-adventures of some of Jane Austen's characters"[3] was her only book.[4] Only a few editions were published, and it remained relatively unknown until it was reprinted in 1998, after it had passed into the public domain.[5]

jmm, Monday, 12 October 2020 15:07 (one month ago) link

O Pioneers! is magnificent.

Vanishing Point (Chinaski), Monday, 12 October 2020 20:22 (one month ago) link

I've read four of these, by Jack London, Wodehouse, Cather, and D.H. Lawrence. I have not read Swann's Way. I voted for O Pioneers!

the unappreciated charisma of cows (Aimless), Monday, 12 October 2020 20:48 (one month ago) link

Oh, I've also read the Wharton, so make that five of them.

the unappreciated charisma of cows (Aimless), Monday, 12 October 2020 20:49 (one month ago) link

Sorry Proust, but I've started this book umpteen times, recognized its quality, but didn't find myself moved to keep reading. The Custom of the Country, on the other hand, is arguably the Great American Novel. It's kind of mean, it's kind of merciless, it's absolutely true to its material and it's all-time.

Guayaquil (eephus!), Monday, 12 October 2020 21:24 (one month ago) link

The Custom of the Country is a great novel, but it concerns the quiddities and agonies of the wealthy, who are scarcely representative enough of the nation to be the sole subjects of the Great American Novel. And it's up against a truly magnificent opponent in O Pioneers!.

the unappreciated charisma of cows (Aimless), Monday, 12 October 2020 21:35 (one month ago) link

OK that is a fair point, though not enough to change my vote. (And I really like Pioneers too.)

Guayaquil (eephus!), Monday, 12 October 2020 21:38 (one month ago) link

have only read swann's way (the only proust i've read so far, sadly) and patchwork girl of oz. so i guess i'm going with ol' swann.

(The Other) J.D. (J.D.), Monday, 12 October 2020 22:56 (one month ago) link

I will try Proust one day honest. But I've read Le Grand Meaulnes at least three times.

neith moon (ledge), Tuesday, 13 October 2020 07:39 (one month ago) link

Automatic thread bump. This poll is closing tomorrow.

System, Wednesday, 14 October 2020 00:01 (one month ago) link

I've read Proust and Lawrence. For me, the most memorable moment in Sons and Lovers is a description of the father's calm anticipatory morning routine before he goes down in the mines - partly because I have the received idea of mining as one of the most horrible ways to earn a living, and partly because I associate mornings before work with anxiety, pickaxe or no. It was sort of revelatory to see this man looking forward to his shift in the pits with his coworkers.

Proust is probably a better writer in total, though.

Halfway there but for you, Wednesday, 14 October 2020 00:40 (one month ago) link

Really want to read some more Lawrence. Really liked a lot of the poetry, and a couple of short story collections.

xyzzzz__, Wednesday, 14 October 2020 09:06 (one month ago) link

I reckon his short stories and novellas are his best work, really phenomenal at times, and no space for the Do
You Seeisms of his big novels.

Tsar Bombadil (James Morrison), Wednesday, 14 October 2020 11:03 (one month ago) link

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

System, Thursday, 15 October 2020 00:01 (one month ago) link

I've never finished The Custom Of The Country but have tried a few times. Maybe the comic tone of it is harder to tune in to. Wharton is amazing though and The House of Mirth may be my favourite novel.

Gerneten-flüken cake (jed_), Thursday, 15 October 2020 00:04 (one month ago) link

Allons enfants de la Patrie!

jmm, Thursday, 15 October 2020 17:23 (one month ago) link

Wherein We Elect Our Favourite Novels of 1914

Daniel_Rf, Monday, 19 October 2020 12:31 (one month ago) link

the aforementioned 3 things on my todo list all came within the top 4... maybe i should add o pioneers as well...

koogs, Monday, 19 October 2020 12:57 (one month ago) link


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