Wherein We Elect Our Favourite Novels of 2000

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Joining in the votes for The Last Samurai.

Kavalier and Clay was pretty good too, Chabon's best book I think, but the middle section with the South Pole and all those dead dogs really dragged it down.

Strongly disliked The Amber Spyglass.

Lily Dale, Tuesday, 12 October 2021 23:48 (eight months ago) link

Automatic thread bump. This poll is closing tomorrow.

System, Thursday, 14 October 2021 00:01 (eight months ago) link

The Human Stain was one of my favorite novels after reading it twice. Now falls into the realm of problematic 90s art that might be best in memory. But I still think of it often.

... (Eazy), Thursday, 14 October 2021 22:09 (eight months ago) link

Voted The Last Samurai, probably my favorite book of the 21st century. When We Were Orphans drove me nuts, though it at least feels more like a real novel than The Buried Giant.

JoeStork, Thursday, 14 October 2021 22:27 (eight months ago) link

Voted The Last Samurai, probably my favorite book of the 21st century. When We Were Orphans drove me nuts, though it at least feels more like a real novel than The Buried Giant.

JoeStork, Thursday, 14 October 2021 22:27 (eight months ago) link

argh sorry about that

JoeStork, Thursday, 14 October 2021 22:27 (eight months ago) link

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

System, Friday, 15 October 2021 00:01 (eight months ago) link

Wherein We Elect Our Favourite Novels of 2001

Daniel_Rf, Friday, 15 October 2021 09:52 (eight months ago) link

Little surprised at only one vote for White Teeth, guess she's never been an ILX fave (I haven't read).

Daniel_Rf, Friday, 15 October 2021 09:54 (eight months ago) link

Same here, thought there would be more.

xyzzzz__, Friday, 15 October 2021 10:16 (eight months ago) link

The Human Stain is a pretty troubling book but it has a superb closing set piece on the ice that comes to mind fairly often.

Vanishing Point (Chinaski), Friday, 15 October 2021 16:10 (eight months ago) link

Didn't see this on the list but Popular Music from Vittula is GREAT, not so great it makes me regret my vote for Kelly Gang, but seriously, people, read this really good traditional coming-of-age novel set in Northern Sweden, it's just plain good

Guayaquil (eephus!), Friday, 15 October 2021 16:52 (eight months ago) link

Love Smith but she got much better after White Teeth, On Beauty will be a serious contender for me depending on what it's up against

Guayaquil (eephus!), Friday, 15 October 2021 16:52 (eight months ago) link

thankfully the other Beauty novel is from the previous year

imago, Friday, 15 October 2021 16:55 (eight months ago) link

i like white teeth a lot, probably would have voted for it if it came out in a different year than last samurai

flopson, Friday, 15 October 2021 17:31 (eight months ago) link

i haven’t read anything else of hers but i once read an interview where she says that she was embarrassed by white teeth and how young and naive and reckless she was when she wrote it and how brazenly she assumes the voices of all these different perspectives and my rxn like nooo that’s what was so good about it

flopson, Friday, 15 October 2021 17:40 (eight months ago) link


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