Wherein We Elect Our Favourite Novels of 1978

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I loved Garp when I was 17, wrote my big A-level English Literature essay on it, scared to revisit it though.

A viking of frowns, (Camaraderie at Arms Length), Tuesday, 22 June 2021 16:18 (five months ago) link

I read Garp in pretty much one hit in a bedroom in Helsinki and am glad to leave it in there in its perfect form. Despite my username I'm notified remotely interested in Bukowski any more. And The Stand I did re-read a couple of years back and it goes on and on (not today mention the 'magical' black and disabled characters).

I have a similar relationship with McEwan to most here. Enduring Love would be my departure point I think.

Vanishing Point (Chinaski), Tuesday, 22 June 2021 16:50 (five months ago) link

I read "Garp" way back when it was the omnipresent Irving on people's bookshelves. Later in the '90s it was supplanted by "A Prayer for Owen Meany" (which I never read).

o. nate, Tuesday, 22 June 2021 16:55 (five months ago) link

I read The Cement Garden in preparation for seeing the movie, and found the book told the story so well I had no interest in seeing the movie afterwards.

Halfway there but for you, Tuesday, 22 June 2021 17:16 (five months ago) link

Write-in vote for "Billy Phelan's Greatest Game" by William Kennedy.

o. nate, Tuesday, 22 June 2021 17:50 (five months ago) link

I should have read that. Did read several other Kennedys in the 80s, when he was in bloom. May well vote for Ironweed when we get to '83. Has some of the same characters as BPGC. O Albany, in the early 20th Century.

dow, Tuesday, 22 June 2021 20:56 (five months ago) link

The film of The Cement Garden is as good as the book, captures its atmosphere really well.

A viking of frowns, (Camaraderie at Arms Length), Tuesday, 22 June 2021 21:03 (five months ago) link

I didn't expect to be disappointed by the film, I just thought the book was visual and tactile enough that I wouldn't get any more out of seeing it.

Halfway there but for you, Tuesday, 22 June 2021 21:05 (five months ago) link

xxp Actually WK was in bloom way before that, but there were all of these reprints and new books in rapid succession, seemed liked (I belonged to QPBC, Quality Paperback Book Club). Esp. when the screen adaptation (which he wrote) of Ironweed came out, with Jack Nicholson and Meryl Streep (Kael panned it, I think, but I liked it, thought it conveyed the somber, seamyy. sometimes desperate, vitality-mortality and momentum of the novel pretty well).

dow, Tuesday, 22 June 2021 21:07 (five months ago) link

xp you should check out First Love, Last Rites, very similar in feel and I don't think he's ever written anything better.

A viking of frowns, (Camaraderie at Arms Length), Tuesday, 22 June 2021 21:10 (five months ago) link

It is also kind of horrifying though

A viking of frowns, (Camaraderie at Arms Length), Tuesday, 22 June 2021 21:11 (five months ago) link

Wait, is this the year Tim was excited about? Where's the football stickers annual?

emil.y, Wednesday, 23 June 2021 16:22 (five months ago) link

Automatic thread bump. This poll is closing tomorrow.

System, Thursday, 24 June 2021 00:01 (five months ago) link

Life a user’s manual is great if you like an unaccountably large number of references to octagons

Clara Lemlich stan account (silby), Thursday, 24 June 2021 00:43 (five months ago) link

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

System, Friday, 25 June 2021 00:01 (five months ago) link

"Wait, is this the year Tim was excited about?"

Indeed it was.

xyzzzz__, Friday, 25 June 2021 07:34 (five months ago) link

I missed The Bookshop, that's a good one.

Wherein We Elect Our Favourite Novels of 1979

Daniel_Rf, Friday, 25 June 2021 13:57 (five months ago) link

I missed The Bookshop, that's a good one.

Yes. That’s what I voted for.

Rich Valley Girl, Poor Valley Girl (James Redd and the Blecchs), Saturday, 26 June 2021 21:18 (five months ago) link

I was the other vote for it. :)

What's It All About, Althea? (Aimless), Saturday, 26 June 2021 21:33 (five months ago) link

one month passes...

I had to dip out of these threads for a bunch of IRL reasons but yes this was the one I was waiting for and yes thanks everyone for voting for the correct number 1.

Tim, Friday, 30 July 2021 12:29 (four months ago) link

Glad to have been of service.

emil.y, Friday, 30 July 2021 12:44 (four months ago) link


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