Wherein We Elect Our Favourite Novels of 2008

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Because of my old person reading habits, as these polls entered the 21st century they have included ever fewer titles I've read. This one is a shutout.

more difficult than I look (Aimless), Friday, 12 November 2021 18:51 (one year ago) link

Voted Home, which, after looking out across time and space and tumblin' tumbleweeds from Gilead, especially (but even if I'd started here) is tight and sometimes claustrophobic, with these few family members bumping up against each other even when trying to avoid or slow confrontation, as the father's condition deteriorates, but w those bolts of lucidity, as olde rationalizations are forgotten, and new developments are noted--but also moments of respite, grace notes, even, setting them up for the next round (ending incl. sweet payoff, though not living-dying happily ever after)

dow, Friday, 12 November 2021 18:52 (one year ago) link

I own one or two of these, have read none.

Legalize Suburban Benches (Raymond Cummings), Saturday, 13 November 2021 00:35 (one year ago) link

Have read 5, voted Home.

Jaq, Saturday, 13 November 2021 00:48 (one year ago) link

Seiobo There Below by László Krasznahorkai

The only one by him I really liked. Goes from his post Joycean modernism of the earlier work to something more essayistic. But the writing can be as challenging as what he writes about.

xyzzzz__, Saturday, 13 November 2021 01:07 (one year ago) link

I've read "All the Sad Young Literary Men" but I don't remember it very distinctly. I think this would be a write-in for Joseph O'Neill's Netherland for me.

o. nate, Saturday, 13 November 2021 02:14 (one year ago) link

Automatic thread bump. This poll is closing tomorrow.

System, Monday, 15 November 2021 00:01 (one year ago) link

Haven't read many of these. Suicide by Edouard Leve is a pretty striking one - author writes a 'novel' entitled Suicide, about a 'friend' who commits suicide, then three days after it's accepted for publication, author commits suicide, leaving a note to say he still wants the novel published.

Zelda Zonk, Monday, 15 November 2021 00:30 (one year ago) link

Interesting piece about the author here: https://www.frieze.com/article/last-things

Zelda Zonk, Monday, 15 November 2021 00:32 (one year ago) link


flopson, Monday, 15 November 2021 00:46 (one year ago) link

I've read six - Home, Olive Kitteridge, Visitation, Matter, Anathem, The Three Body Problem. No regrets about any of them though I do prefer Gilead's open hearted protagonist to Home's over anxious and somewhat less generous Glory. Olive Kitteridge is abother not so sympathetic character but I warmed to her contradictions and moments of self awareness. I'm voting for Visitation which is monumental, and devastating where it touches on the holocaust. Anathem is my favourite Stephenson, love the idea of the monasteries only open once every year, decade, century, or millennium. Matter is one of the more fun Culture novels and The Three Body Problem is bonkers but memorable.

namaste darkness my old friend (ledge), Monday, 15 November 2021 08:43 (one year ago) link

2x 3bp novels in the list, neither of them short (i'm guessing this was the translation into english rather than initial publication).

just those two and Matter for me (and House Of Suns, not listed). can't choose between them.

koogs, Monday, 15 November 2021 10:04 (one year ago) link

I think this would be a write-in for Joseph O'Neill's Netherland for me.

Only because I don't think I've ready anything else on this list.

hocus pocus, alakazam (PBKR), Monday, 15 November 2021 13:22 (one year ago) link

Home's Glory is youngest daughter/sister, back to take care of their father and for private reasons, then lifelong outlier prodigal brother finally returns, she's cooped up in old weird family home w them, no room for laidback Rev. John reveries, though she has her own at the end---think it works on its own terms, like the others in this cycle. But it's also the only one in this poll that I've read, as usual; otherwise, I might vote for something else.

dow, Monday, 15 November 2021 17:26 (one year ago) link

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

System, Tuesday, 16 November 2021 00:01 (one year ago) link

Least popular year since 2003 which also had 13 votes.

namaste darkness my old friend (ledge), Tuesday, 16 November 2021 08:38 (one year ago) link

Wherein We Elect Our Favourite Novels of 2009

Daniel_Rf, Tuesday, 16 November 2021 14:45 (one year ago) link

Only top tie so far!?

dow, Tuesday, 16 November 2021 17:22 (one year ago) link

Oh no, theer were tons of those in the early 20th century polls.

Daniel_Rf, Wednesday, 17 November 2021 10:18 (one year ago) link

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