Wherein We Elect Our Favourite Novels of 1967

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I might reread Solitude one day. I will reread The Third Policeman soon - Flann O'Brien on Bicycles is magnificent: https://www.laphamsquarterly.org/comedy/flann-obrien-splits-atom

Ice didn't do much for me, I'll give Lord of Light a go, maybe The Ruined Map too.

I was born anxious, here's how to do it. (ledge), Friday, 14 May 2021 09:53 (five months ago) link

Starting to feel frustrated that I haven't read Marquez so I could defend the non-European/American selection itt

Daniel_Rf, Friday, 14 May 2021 09:56 (five months ago) link

Marquez is good and v different from Hopscotch which I didn't like, yet both are lumped in as Latin America's finest.

Then again Joyce and Proust are lumped in together as modernism but the style and techniques are different, so the problem is wider than that.

xyzzzz__, Saturday, 15 May 2021 18:11 (five months ago) link

To clarify, I wasn't trying to draw any comparisons between 100 Years of Solitude and Hopscotch aside from that they were a) books that have been on this poll, b) books that I've not enjoyed, and c) books where I felt that I should have enjoyed them.

emil.y, Saturday, 15 May 2021 18:17 (five months ago) link

Of course, "should have enjoyed them" is a foolish concept that I have imposed upon myself. I suppose I see it more with Hopscotch because I love texts that play with form, but... tbh I didn't see the relevance of that conceit to the book and it just ended up annoying me. But with 100YoS I don't know why I felt I should have liked it aside from the fact that it's been lauded so much, and I usually don't pay any attention to that stuff (see me having failed to read many of the 'classic' works in these threads).

emil.y, Saturday, 15 May 2021 18:23 (five months ago) link

to be clear, I'd consider The Third Policeman if we polled the entire century

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sharpening the contraindications (Aimless), Saturday, 15 May 2021 18:52 (five months ago) link

Automatic thread bump. This poll is closing tomorrow.

System, Sunday, 16 May 2021 00:01 (five months ago) link

Emily - sorry shouldn't have picked on your post like that. It was more to do with my annoyance at the wider discourse surrounding Latin American books of a certain period. Both are ofc published during the 60s so maybe that's inevitable.

Totally agree that 100 years is v much lauded, and I freeze myself when talking about that book. I should re-read sometime to see whether it holds up.

xyzzzz__, Sunday, 16 May 2021 15:12 (five months ago) link

I loved solitude (but also shd revisit) but agree it’s unhelpful how it can be lumped in with completely different stuff from the same continent - iirc we have done this before with márquez vs borges which is even more... they share a language I guess? I have only read short stories by cortázar, need to change that

This is so the third policeman tho

Pinefox reviews Reviews (wins), Sunday, 16 May 2021 15:22 (five months ago) link

Not that I’ve read that many here lol

I didn’t really like trout fishing at all 😕 and I have a pretty high tolerance for the American experimental novels of this era and their cuteness (I rate Snow White and next year’s nog) so can’t say why it didn’t click. Levin is good but completely eclipsed by the film for me

Pinefox reviews Reviews (wins), Sunday, 16 May 2021 15:33 (five months ago) link

Brautigan really is a pretty twee hippy dude. I love most of his stuff that I've read (there were definitely one or two that didn't land for me but can't remember which ones they were!) but I don't really begrudge people who don't like his work. I think for me if yr cuteness is balanced with enough yearning melancholy then I'm into it, I just don't like happy + cute.

emil.y, Sunday, 16 May 2021 15:49 (five months ago) link

Yeah I can go with that I think - will give him another try

Pinefox reviews Reviews (wins), Sunday, 16 May 2021 16:09 (five months ago) link

I'd maybe go for The Abortion or Sombrero Fallout over retrying Trout Fishing? There are definitely some dated views of women in his work too, but it's more "sad man thinking baout the exotic unknowable creature that is woman" than anything more gross, and I feel like the works are worth letting him have that.

emil.y, Sunday, 16 May 2021 16:24 (five months ago) link

I voted for Trout Fishing but agree that it’s by no means his best. In addition to the two Emil.y mentions I’d recommend Willard and His Bowling Trophies and The Hawkline Monster.

I totally understand why people can’t stick him.

Tim, Sunday, 16 May 2021 16:30 (five months ago) link

I got nowhere with Trout Fishing but loved In Watermelon Sugar and really liked The Abortion. Should probably give Trout Fishing another try.

So the Wind Won’t Blow it All Away is very good but Christ what a bleak book.

JoeStork, Sunday, 16 May 2021 16:40 (five months ago) link

Niver read him, but I've always really liked what might be the original cover of Revenge of the Lawn: 19th Century->Hippie-Era-looking girl in an Early American-looking chair, looking intensely happy about a big uncut chocolate cake (if this doesn't stay posted, it's worth a search)

https://pictures.abebooks.com/isbn/9780671418526-us.jpg

dow, Sunday, 16 May 2021 16:57 (five months ago) link

Also: combo of title x pic, incl. cover colors---!

dow, Sunday, 16 May 2021 17:00 (five months ago) link

Post's enlongation ov image even better maybe

dow, Sunday, 16 May 2021 17:01 (five months ago) link

Gaze into her eyes

dow, Sunday, 16 May 2021 17:02 (five months ago) link

I voted for Trout Fishing but agree that it’s by no means his best. In addition to the two Emil.y mentions I’d recommend Willard and His Bowling Trophies and The Hawkline Monster.

I'd say to anyone who enjoyed The Sisters Brothers, in particular, give Hawkline Monster a try.

Chris L, Sunday, 16 May 2021 17:49 (five months ago) link

I stan for Dreaming of Babylon, but yeah emil.y otm

Working in the POLL Mine (James Redd and the Blecchs), Sunday, 16 May 2021 23:40 (five months ago) link

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

System, Monday, 17 May 2021 00:01 (five months ago) link

Wherein We Elect Our Favourite Novels of 1968

Daniel_Rf, Monday, 17 May 2021 09:46 (five months ago) link


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