Wherein We Elect Our Favourite Novels of 2012

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Yeah, my eyebrows were raised at the wikipedia entry suggesting that book was a failure in English speaking markets due to its bad writing as in my experience francophone readers tend to be considerably more demanding when it comes to writing style! Strange anomaly.

Daniel_Rf, Wednesday, 1 December 2021 10:26 (one year ago) link

This is where I get to admit I've only read the first volume of the Ferrante quartet. Bringing Up the Bodies it is, then.

Vanishing Point (Chinaski), Wednesday, 1 December 2021 10:55 (one year ago) link

Same! Have the second volume staring at me from the shelf tho.

Daniel_Rf, Wednesday, 1 December 2021 10:56 (one year ago) link

I've not even made it as far as buying the second volume!

Vanishing Point (Chinaski), Wednesday, 1 December 2021 11:01 (one year ago) link

I've only read Telegraph Avenue. It wasn't very good.

adam t. (abanana), Wednesday, 1 December 2021 11:14 (one year ago) link

Automatic thread bump. This poll is closing tomorrow.

System, Thursday, 2 December 2021 00:01 (one year ago) link

I read The Yellow Birds; don’t remember a thing about it.

Chris L, Thursday, 2 December 2021 05:35 (one year ago) link

I have Bring Up The Bodies sitting around waiting to be read. I loved the pose in Wolf Hall so picked up a few Mantels none of which I've read outside of Wolf Hall. Shame if they are all as good.
But I think I have been reading pretty solidly.

Stevolende, Thursday, 2 December 2021 07:53 (one year ago) link

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

System, Friday, 3 December 2021 00:01 (one year ago) link

Wherein We Elect Our Favourite Novels of 2013

Daniel_Rf, Friday, 3 December 2021 12:05 (one year ago) link

Write-in vote for The Flame Alphabet by Ben Marcus, a book that has only gotten more disturbing & relevant since its publication.

Jimmy Iovine Eat World (bernard snowy), Friday, 3 December 2021 13:43 (one year ago) link

was orphan master’s son 2012?

grove street (party) direction (voodoo chili), Friday, 3 December 2021 20:55 (one year ago) link

I have had that Marcus on my shelf since 2012, you're saying I should read it?

Guayaquil (eephus!), Friday, 3 December 2021 21:01 (one year ago) link

You should read what you want to! But I happen to really enjoy The Flame Alphabet, as well as the two short story collections Marcus has since put out. Alphabet was something of an inflection point in his oeuvre, away from fragmentation and towards more accessible narrative forms.

Jimmy Iovine Eat World (bernard snowy), Friday, 3 December 2021 22:19 (one year ago) link

Oh shit, yeah, I loved The Age of Wire & String and Notable American Women so so much when they came out. I forgot I had the Flame Alphabet, I need to track that down and read it.

emil.y, Friday, 3 December 2021 22:27 (one year ago) link

away from fragmentation and towards more accessible narrative forms.

I think that's why I didn't get into it at the time, I was so so on fire for Age of Wire & String and it was.. not that

Guayaquil (eephus!), Friday, 3 December 2021 22:30 (one year ago) link

There is some fragmentation as the book progresses, but yeah, it's certainly not going to scratch the same itch as AOWS

https://www.vqronline.org/fiction/2018/06/boys

This short story, from his most recent collection, is a pretty good litmus test (imo) for whether or not you're likely to get anything out of the latter-day Ben Marcus.

Jimmy Iovine Eat World (bernard snowy), Sunday, 5 December 2021 21:04 (one year ago) link


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