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 (nine months 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 (nine months 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 (nine months ago) link
Automatic thread bump. This poll's results are now in.
― System, Thursday, 15 October 2020 00:01 (nine months 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 (nine months ago) link
Allons enfants de la Patrie!
― jmm, Thursday, 15 October 2020 17:23 (nine months ago) link
Wherein We Elect Our Favourite Novels of 1914
― Daniel_Rf, Monday, 19 October 2020 12:31 (nine months 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 (nine months ago) link