Wherein We Elect Our Favourite Novels of 1971

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I suspect Tom Sharpe wouldn't be as enjoyable to read as he was when I was 14, were I to attempt such a thing.

adrian "voodoo" chiles (Matt #2), Saturday, 29 May 2021 13:05 (four months ago) link

In contrast to 1970, I have read quite a few of these - not sure which to vote for though (either Brautigan or Le Guin)

The Dice Man by George Cockcroft Luke Reinhart - Read this when I had just dropped out of uni (or possibly just before) - was very impressed with the concept, if not necessarily the execution, and did actually try living the dice life for a couple of months, sad to report nothing interesting came out of this, just several bad decisions.
Post Office by Charles Bukowski This is the essential Bukowski book isn't it? "This is presented as a work of fiction and dedicated to nobody." - a long time since I read this and not sure if it would hold up, like Miller it has been a bad influence on many young men for sure. Feel like it might be worth taking a look at again someday anyway.
Riotous Assembly by Tom Sharpe Like Matt I read this as a teenager and found it hilarious, though even then I realised it wasn't exactly great literature, not going to dare go back to this one.
The Abortion by Richard Brautigan B-grade Brautigan, so still excellent, this is a story about a man taking his girlfriend to Mexico for an abortion, he lives in a library where people can leave their unpublished manuscripts. More than half the slim volume is a description of his short walk from the library to the car. This is a good mid-point between the slightly-too out-there 60s stuff and the sad, wistful later books, would suggest it as a nice starting point, maybe.
Fear And Loathing In Las Vegas by Hunter S. Thompson Another one I haven't read for 20 years, suspect this is still good.
The Lathe Of Heaven by Ursula K Le Guin My favourite Le Guin sci-fi novel, a man finds his dreams can re-shape reality and his psychologist takes advantage to reshape the world as he would like it to be. Again, this was brilliant when I was a teenager, curious to see if I still feel this way now.

A viking of frowns, (Camaraderie at Arms Length), Saturday, 29 May 2021 14:53 (four months ago) link

Just realised these are all books I read between about 1995 and 2001.

A viking of frowns, (Camaraderie at Arms Length), Saturday, 29 May 2021 14:54 (four months ago) link

Lathe of Heaven is a bit too much of a pkd tribute to be in my top le guin, though as such a tribute it is excellent. Mrs Frisby and the Rats of NIMH getting my vote as an all time great kids book.

I was born anxious, here's how to do it. (ledge), Saturday, 29 May 2021 15:42 (four months ago) link

PKD without the hint of whining misogyny though.

adrian "voodoo" chiles (Matt #2), Saturday, 29 May 2021 17:38 (four months ago) link

(he didn't always do that: for inst., Mary of Mary And The Giant is one no-b.s. tough cookie, and he seems to approve) Lathe of Heaven was also a 70s PBS movie or mini-series; I've watched some of it on YouTube.

dow, Saturday, 29 May 2021 21:08 (four months ago) link

It's funny what you wrote about The Abortion, Camaraderie, because that was my first Brautigan book. We read it aloud to each other at my nerdy summer camp when I was 15, totally changed my life. (I think Confederate General from Big Sur is my fave Brautigan, tho)

heyy nineteen, that's john belushi (the table is the table), Sunday, 30 May 2021 17:21 (four months ago) link

Automatic thread bump. This poll is closing tomorrow.

System, Monday, 31 May 2021 00:01 (four months ago) link

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

System, Tuesday, 1 June 2021 00:01 (four months ago) link

Wherein We Elect Our Favourite Novels of 1972

Daniel_Rf, Tuesday, 1 June 2021 11:10 (four months ago) link

four months pass...

i bought malina bc of this poll and i'm just starting it. seems incredibly dope already

STOCK FIST-PUMPER BRAD (BradNelson), Friday, 1 October 2021 15:44 (two weeks ago) link

I haven't read the book, but the film adaptation by Werner Schroeter is highly unusual and worth seeing.

Halfway there but for you, Friday, 1 October 2021 16:03 (two weeks ago) link


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