For me it finally winnowed down to Housekeeping and Human Voices. While the first of these is excellent and strikingly original, I went with the second; it was a book I thoroughly enjoyed from start to finish and that pushed it to the top.
― What's It All About, Althea? (Aimless), Tuesday, 29 June 2021 20:24 (four months ago) link
Naturally, the Eco.
― Heavy Messages (jed_), Tuesday, 29 June 2021 20:37 (four months ago) link
Housekeeping by Marilynne RobinsonorWaiting For The Barbarians by J. M. Coetzee
Pretty different books. With Barbarians Coetzee fine-tuned that insanely catchy voice of his with the blunt, emphatic sentences. Housekeeping is its own thing entirely.
― abcfsk, Wednesday, 30 June 2021 06:49 (four months ago) link
I remember Bourne Identity as a great page-turner, the perfect book to find on the shelf in a summer rental. Restaurant at the End of the Universe was my favorite of the Hitchhiker trilogy as I mentioned on a previous thread. A Month in the Country is a wonderful short novel with great atmosphere. But my vote goes to Confederacy of Dunces which I found hilarious, I guess more than many here did, and with a memorable protagonist.
― o. nate, Wednesday, 30 June 2021 15:15 (four months ago) link
confederacy is a book i kind of admire in many ways -- the dialogue is very sharp and unique and it is funny at least some of the time, if not quite as funny as it's obviously meant to be. but it really is just too long, by at least a hundred pages. and i'm still not sure what the reader is supposed to feel toward ignatius. the introduction compares him to don quixote, but i think he's more on the level of a minor simpsons character (maybe the comic book guy, who might well have been inspired by him): someone very entertaining in small doses but not someone you need to spend 400+ pages with. i can see why the original editor agonized over rejecting it but, finally, did.
― (The Other) J.D. (J.D.), Wednesday, 30 June 2021 22:58 (four months ago) link
Automatic thread bump. This poll is closing tomorrow.
― System, Thursday, 1 July 2021 00:01 (four months ago) link
Have only read Human Voices, A Month in the Country, and Riddley Walker, but it's Riddley Walker.
― JoeStork, Thursday, 1 July 2021 21:43 (four months ago) link
Automatic thread bump. This poll's results are now in.
― System, Friday, 2 July 2021 00:01 (four months ago) link
Much better than average participation in this one!
― it is to laugh, like so, ha! (Aimless), Friday, 2 July 2021 00:12 (four months ago) link
Wherein We Elect Our Favourite Novels of 1981
― Daniel_Rf, Friday, 2 July 2021 10:52 (four months ago) link
Yeah, and my one vote mattered, I guess.
― Planck Generation (James Redd and the Blecchs), Friday, 2 July 2021 10:55 (four months ago) link