Wherein We Elect Our Favourite Novels of 1939

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I read The Big Sleep to try to figure out why the movie is so confusing. The answer: The book covers two cases, one for each sister, Carmen and Vivian, and they don't intersect until late on. In the movie, Carmen's case got censored (it involved pornography) and cut down, leaving a lot of loose threads and a lack of structure. Also, Chandler fucked up regarding the death of the family's driver, heavily implying that it was murder in one chapter then never explaining who did it.

wasdnuos (abanana), Sunday, 7 February 2021 00:31 (five months ago) link

Which I think he realised working on the script.

Tsar Bombadil (James Morrison), Sunday, 7 February 2021 11:43 (five months ago) link

If you want a more faithful adaptation you can always look at Michael Winner's horrible 70's version with the action relocated to London. But I wouldn't recommend you do so.

Daniel_Rf, Sunday, 7 February 2021 13:30 (five months ago) link

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

System, Monday, 8 February 2021 00:01 (five months ago) link

Ha! Did not expect Joyce to be beaten. In fairness this was a hellish year to poll.

A Scampo Darkly (Le Bateau Ivre), Monday, 8 February 2021 00:10 (five months ago) link

Aw, no votes for Ask the Dust. I do love that book, but to be honest it never stood a chance in this company.

emil.y, Monday, 8 February 2021 00:27 (five months ago) link

Yeah but agreed, it's still pretty sad it didn't get a single vote! I voted Sarraute, having thrown Fante a vote two years earlier, knowing he'd be up against some giants this year. But no mistake, Ask the dust is phenomenal.

A Scampo Darkly (Le Bateau Ivre), Monday, 8 February 2021 00:29 (five months ago) link

Did not expect Joyce to be beaten.

The poll is for Favorite Novel, not Most Critically Admired and Academically Blessed. We are but human.

Apocryphal Anecdote Warning:

James Joyce was attending a party some time after Finnegans Wake had been published and a woman who had approached him, in reference to its famous multi-linguistic puns and structural impishness, asked him, "But Mr. Joyce, you don't expect us poor readers to spend the rest of our lives disentangling all these knots, do you?"

To which Joyce replied, "Yes. I most certainly do"

Compromise isn't a principle, it's a method (Aimless), Monday, 8 February 2021 02:17 (five months ago) link

Wherein We Elect Our Favourite Novels of 1940

Daniel_Rf, Monday, 8 February 2021 13:40 (five months ago) link

Thought the Joyce anecdote would be about a handshake request.

The Ballad of Mel Cooley (James Redd and the Blecchs), Monday, 8 February 2021 16:11 (five months ago) link

Remembering an all-time great from Kate Beaton:

http://www.harkavagrant.com/index.php?id=32

Daniel_Rf, Monday, 8 February 2021 16:17 (five months ago) link


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