Wherein We Elect Our Favourite Novels of 1959

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The Haunting Of Hill House by Shirley Jackson 6
Zazie In The Metro by Raymond Queneau 4
Naked Lunch by William S. Burroughs 4
Life And Fate by Vasily Grossman 3
The Tin Drum by Gunter Grass 3
Memento Mori by Muriel Spark 3
Time Out Of Joint by Philip K. Dick 2
A Separate Peace by John Knowles 2
Billy Liar by Keith Waterhouse 1
Le Petit Nicolas by René Goscinny 1
Brown Girl, Brownstones by Paule Marshall 1
River Of Fire by Qurratulain Hyder 0
Billiards At Half Past Nine by Henrich Boll 0
Yayati by V.S. Khandekar 0
A Monkey In Winter by Antoine Blondin 0
The River Ki by Sawako Ariyoshi 0
The Exile Of Capri by Roger Peyrefitte 0
The Last Letter Home by Vilhelm Moberg 0
Agaton Sax And The Diamond Thieves by Nils-Olof Franzen 0
The Zakhov Mission by Andrei Gulyashki 0
Wonderful Fool by Shūsaku Endō 0
Seek The Fair Land by Walter Macken 0
The Secret Of The Kingdom by Mika Waltari 0
The Nonexistant Knight by Italo Calvino 0
More Than Conquerors by Edilberto K. Tiempo 0
I Loved Tiberius by Elisabeth Dored 0
The Living And The Dead by Konstantin Simonov 0
Mad Shadows by Marie-Claire Blais 0
The Double Hook by Sheila Watson 0
Walkabout by James Vance Marshall 0
The Manchurian Candidate by Richard Condon 0
The Magic Christian by Terry Southern 0
Level 7 by Mordecai Roshwald 0
Henderson The Rain King by Saul Bellow 0
Doctor Sax by Jack Kerouac 0
Alas, Bayblon by Pat Frank 0
The Poorhouse Fair by John Updike 0
The Last Of The Just by André Schwarz-Bart 0
The Mansion by William Faulkner 0
Psycho by Robert Bloch 0
The Real Cool Killers by Chester Himes 0
To Sir, With Love by Eustace Edward Ricardo Braithwaite 0
Titus Alone by Mervyn Peake 0
The Rescuers by Margery Sharp 0
Passage Of Arms by Eric Ambler 0
A Heritage And Its History by Ivy Compton-Burnett 0
Absolute Beginners by Colin MacInnes 0
Kings In Grass Castles by Mary Durack 0
Starship Troopers by Robert A. Heinlein 0
The Land Of Crimson Clouds by Arkady and Boris Strugatsky 0


Daniel_Rf, Thursday, 15 April 2021 11:03 (three weeks ago) link

The Haunting Of Hill House is extremely good!

abcfsk, Thursday, 15 April 2021 11:57 (three weeks ago) link

Zazie In The Metro by Raymond Queneau
Time Out Of Joint by Philip K. Dick
Memento Mori by Muriel Spark
Naked Lunch by William S. Burroughs

And about 2/3rds of:
Life And Fate by Vasily Grossman

I'll go for Life and Fate, as a reminder that I should read it.

xyzzzz__, Thursday, 15 April 2021 12:16 (three weeks ago) link

Other notable works from this year: future films "Advise And Consent" (Allen Drury) and "The Hustler" (Walter Tevis); books by thread regulars Ian Fleming ("Goldfinger), William Golding ("Free Fall"), Mordecai Richler ("The Apprenticeship Of Duddy Kravitz"), Françoise Sagan ("Do You Like Brahms?"), Yukio Mishima ("Kyoko No Ie") and Naguib Mahfouz ("Children Of Gebelawi"); Ryotaro Shiba's ninja novel "Fukoro No Shiro"; Evan S. Connell's "Mrs.Bridge"; Andre Norton's "The Beast Master"; Valerie Taylor's lesbian pulp "The Girls In 3-B"; James Michener's "Hawaii"; J.B. Pick's "The Last Valley"; early Kurt Vonnegut "The Sirens Of Titan"; Takeshi Kaiko's "Japan's Threepenny Opera" and the wuxia novels "Return Of The Condor Heroes" and "Fox Volant Of The Snowy Mountains" by Jin Yong.

Daniel_Rf, Thursday, 15 April 2021 12:26 (three weeks ago) link

It's Hill House for me as well, a queer, twisted and unnerving little novel.

Quite happy to see that Le Petit Nicolas and Zazie In The Metro, two great gallic expressions of childhood anarchism, were published in the same year.

Daniel_Rf, Thursday, 15 April 2021 12:28 (three weeks ago) link

The 1/3 of Life and Fate I've read is extraordinary but I'll have to go with Hill House, I think.

I've never made it all the way through Absolute Beginners: the argot might well be authentic but it drives me to distraction.

Vanishing Point (Chinaski), Thursday, 15 April 2021 12:30 (three weeks ago) link

Wasn't aware Yukio Mishima contributed to the Nancy Drew series:

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Daniel_Rf, Thursday, 15 April 2021 12:37 (three weeks ago) link

Might've voted The Sirens of Titan if it had made the cut, as it is Time Out of Joint edges out Naked Lunch and The Haunting of Hill House. Don't recall that specific Chester Himes but they're all fun. I'd guess The Magic Christian hasn't aged well. I really should read Mervyn Peake one of these days.

a murmuration of pigeons at manor house (Matt #2), Thursday, 15 April 2021 12:51 (three weeks ago) link

I've only read "Naked Lunch", "Starship Troopers", and "A Separate Peace", the last most recently. Would vote "A Separate Peace".

o. nate, Thursday, 15 April 2021 13:18 (three weeks ago) link

Naked Lunch, for expanding my then-limited understanding of what a novel can do at the age of 20.

pomenitul, Thursday, 15 April 2021 13:21 (three weeks ago) link

Naked Lunch is my vote and the only one I've read, though I've seen film adaptations of six others on the list.

Halfway there but for you, Thursday, 15 April 2021 13:43 (three weeks ago) link

The Haunting of Hill House is very good and I think I liked Walkabout a lot as well, though I can't really remember it. I feel unqualified to vote though as I haven't read Life and Fate despite (because of?) lots of evangelizing about it from my family.

Lily Dale, Thursday, 15 April 2021 15:01 (three weeks ago) link

Naked Lunch is my vote and the only one I've read, though I've seen film adaptations of six others on the list.

― Halfway there but for you

It's another Naked Lunch vote from me, but I think I've seen film adaptations of a whole ten of these!

emil.y, Thursday, 15 April 2021 15:58 (three weeks ago) link

Yeah, I felt like the wiki US literature lists were already turning into movie development farms by the 1940's and can only see this tendency growing.

Daniel_Rf, Thursday, 15 April 2021 16:01 (three weeks ago) link

lots of good films!

koogs, Thursday, 15 April 2021 16:02 (three weeks ago) link

Oh, this one is really tough

It Is Dangerous to Meme Inside (James Redd and the Blecchs), Thursday, 15 April 2021 22:15 (three weeks ago) link

Naked Lunch, for expanding my then-limited understanding of what a novel can do at the age of 20.

A good reason, I read it around the same time. Tried to reread it about 20 years later but wasn't really in the mood, not to denigrate it at all ("it's not you it's me").

Scheming politicians are captivating, and it hurts (ledge), Friday, 16 April 2021 07:36 (three weeks ago) link

Automatic thread bump. This poll is closing tomorrow.

System, Sunday, 18 April 2021 00:01 (three weeks ago) link

Zazie In The Metro by Raymond Queneau
Time Out Of Joint by Philip K. Dick
Memento Mori by Muriel Spark
Naked Lunch by William S. Burroughs

And about 2/3rds of:
Life And Fate by Vasily Grossman

I'll go for Life and Fate, as a reminder that I should read it.

That’s pretty close to my list.

It Is Dangerous to Meme Inside (James Redd and the Blecchs), Sunday, 18 April 2021 22:22 (three weeks ago) link

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

System, Monday, 19 April 2021 00:01 (three weeks ago) link

Wherein We Elect Our Favourite Novels of 1960

Daniel_Rf, Monday, 19 April 2021 10:49 (three weeks ago) link

Belated write-in vote for The Lantern Bearers by Rosemary Sutcliff, one of my favorite books.

Lily Dale, Monday, 19 April 2021 15:29 (three weeks ago) link


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