Wherein We Elect Our Favourite Novels of 1939

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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 (seven 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 (seven 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 (seven months ago) link

Wherein We Elect Our Favourite Novels of 1940

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

Remembering an all-time great from Kate Beaton:


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

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