Wherein We Elect Our Favourite Novels of 2003

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Daniel_Rf do you not always include the booker winners? just noticed life of pi wasn't in the 2002 poll (not that i have strong feelings about it or the booker prize in general).

namaste darkness my old friend (ledge), Friday, 22 October 2021 15:37 (one year ago) link

Read half a dozen of these. I wonder how the Haddon has aged? Didn't love or hate it at the time. Cosmopolis was completely dead on the page for me (which may well have been DeLillo's goal ofc). Millennium People is fine late Ballard but you can sense him tiring. Elizabeth Costello is a pretty brutal read. It's Coetzee at his most provocative I think. I might vote for that.

Vanishing Point (Chinaski), Friday, 22 October 2021 16:07 (one year ago) link

Is the Sjon the Blue Fox? That's a great little book, albeit more hallucination than book.

Just seen the Lethem. I think I'll go for that.

Vanishing Point (Chinaski), Friday, 22 October 2021 16:09 (one year ago) link

I'm completely striking out here, but I've thought about reading "Fortress of Solitude" so many times I almost feel like I've read it.

o. nate, Friday, 22 October 2021 17:35 (one year ago) link

To soothe my ego, I will say that I would've voted for "My Life as a Fake" by Peter Carey if it had been listed.

o. nate, Friday, 22 October 2021 17:42 (one year ago) link

I gave up on Fortress of Solitude on the chapter written like a Black preacher's oratory.

adam t. (abanana), Friday, 22 October 2021 19:36 (one year ago) link

Automatic thread bump. This poll is closing tomorrow.

System, Monday, 25 October 2021 00:01 (one year ago) link

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

System, Tuesday, 26 October 2021 00:01 (one year ago) link

i had only read the Curious Incident and The Time-Traveller's Wife and while they were both readable I'm pretty sure far better books came out that year. I think I started Fortress of Solitude and didn't get far, though I've enjoyed other Lethem.

JoeStork, Tuesday, 26 October 2021 01:47 (one year ago) link

first one in decades i'd read none of, which i'm sure means nothing at all

mookieproof, Tuesday, 26 October 2021 01:55 (one year ago) link

Time Traveler's Wife was one that I thought I enjoyed reading and then realized in retrospect I hated.

Lily Dale, Tuesday, 26 October 2021 02:00 (one year ago) link

Wherein We Elect Our Favourite Novels of 2004

Daniel_Rf, Tuesday, 26 October 2021 13:59 (one year ago) link


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