Wherein We Elect Our Favourite Novels of 1969

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20 year old me - Vonnegut/Dick
40-odd year old me - Le Guin

Vanishing Point (Chinaski), Thursday, 20 May 2021 17:40 (four months ago) link

The Left Hand Of Darkness has one of those fictional worlds you feel physically on your body even years after you last read it.

abcfsk, Thursday, 20 May 2021 17:57 (four months ago) link

That passage with the really vivid sensory description of waking up in the tent might be my favorite chapter opening in literature - there's something almost unbearably moving about the POV, the way he unexpectedly jumps forward in time to show us how this lingers in his memory as the happiest time in his life.

Lily Dale, Thursday, 20 May 2021 18:52 (four months ago) link

All of the ones I remember reading seemed very strong, although Portnoy's Complaint was enough Roth for me, after Goodbye, Columbus and When She Was Good---enough so far, that is (I kind of hope not forever), also Slaughterhouse-Five, The French Lieutenant's Woman, The Four-Gated City, Ubik--but I'll go with The Left Hand of Darkness for cadence and imagery of emotional release, in the discipline of fiction---whatever shortcomings might be evident in re-reading it now, the whole thing was revelatory expression---"these are the words for this"---at the time, and I gather from occasional comments later that the author felt the same way, had something of the same experience. People who like it tend to love it.

dow, Thursday, 20 May 2021 21:01 (four months ago) link

Seems like non-sf 60s is a bit of a black spot for me, I've only read the le guin, dick, & vonnegut. (i know the vonnegut is one of those lucky sf books to be embraced by people who normally turn their nose up at that kind of thing.) I started Ada or Ardor for ye olde ilx book club but didn't get far.

I was born anxious, here's how to do it. (ledge), Friday, 21 May 2021 14:01 (four months ago) link

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System, Sunday, 23 May 2021 00:01 (four months ago) link

The Unfortunates changed my life in a medium-sized kind of way, but notwithstanding that it’s really brilliant. I’d vote for it for more or less any year, except maybe ‘74.

Tim, Sunday, 23 May 2021 05:32 (four months ago) link

I mean ‘78.

Tim, Sunday, 23 May 2021 05:33 (four months ago) link

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

System, Monday, 24 May 2021 00:01 (four months ago) link

Ooh. I thought Le Guin was going to take this. Much as I like Vonnegut I'm a tad disappointed.

emil.y, Monday, 24 May 2021 00:23 (four months ago) link

Well it was close!

Daniel_Rf, Monday, 24 May 2021 09:14 (four months ago) link

Wherein We Elect Our Favourite Novels of 1970

Daniel_Rf, Monday, 24 May 2021 09:55 (four months ago) link

Well it was close!

Yes, very. I guess I should have voted twice.

What's It All About, Althea? (Aimless), Monday, 24 May 2021 17:48 (four months ago) link

I'm intrigued by what's coming up in '78 that Tim is so passionate about, but I guess I can wait a few more polls to find out.

emil.y, Monday, 24 May 2021 17:59 (four months ago) link

it's actually the Panini sticker book for the Argentina World Cup

koogs, Monday, 24 May 2021 19:46 (four months ago) link

Yeah that’s why I mixed it up with 1974 but that one was West Germany of course.

Tim, Monday, 24 May 2021 19:48 (four months ago) link

(it's kind of odd because Iran, Peru, Hungary, Tunisia, Scotland even, all get their own pages, whilst England gets 4 stickers - Clements, Brooking, Hughes, Keegan)


koogs, Monday, 24 May 2021 20:41 (four months ago) link

England didn’t make it to that World Cup, probs had something to do with it.

Tim, Monday, 24 May 2021 22:20 (four months ago) link

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