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More Lists; Oh, the Shame!
Topic Started: May 20 2008, 10:13 AM (8,448 Views)
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Jan 20 2015, 08:32 AM
roger
Jan 20 2015, 08:13 AM
Some well known critics polled for the 21st Century's best novels published in English. I've only read four, but it seems a very conventional list, significant omissions for me would be Against the Day, and nothing in translation.

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I've read nine of the twelve, and while I liked most of them it still strikes me as a pretty terrible list. It's all American, with just a few English writers (Smith, McEwan, Mantel) thrown in. Adichie's book is set in Nigeria, but she's a long time US resident. I'd keep Wolf Hall and The Known World on the list and maybe Kavalier and Clay but ditch the rest.

Probably most of the people who voted would feel the same way about the list as a whole, though, once the votes were totalled up.
That is a horrible list and it's not even the best books in english:

The runners-up
Editor’s Note 21 January 2015: In light of overwhelming interest from our readers, we have decided to unveil the rest of the top 20, as selected in our critics poll.

Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie, Americanah
WG Sebald, Austerlitz
Elena Ferrante, My Brilliant Friend
Alan Hollinghurst, The Line of Beauty
Cormac McCarthy, The Road
Zadie Smith, NW
Roberto Bolaño, 2666
Shirley Hazzard, The Great Fire

Apparently Sebald and Bolano and Ferrante were the only non-English writers putting out anything worthy of note...(but agree with Blair I'm sure the critics themselves would want to change it if they saw it now)
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http://flavorwire.com/515268/the-50-best-american-poetry-books-of-the-decade-so-far/12

Accepting the Disaster? Quick Question? O well, The Cloud Corporation is great, Lighthead I like a lot...I can handle Seidel in small doses
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I agree with #1 and nice to see The Good Soldier so high (actually one of the better lists I've seen, I think)....but Under the Volcano at 98...? and Mansfield Park is my favorite Austen (well along with Pride and Prejudice....Sense and Sensibility, I don't know about that...)
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http://www.publishersweekly.com/pw/by-topic/industry-news/tip-sheet/article/70595-10-best-spanish-language-books.html

a list by Daniel Saldana Paris whose Among Strange Victims looks great...
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Jul 7 2016, 12:54 AM
http://www.themillions.com/2016/07/most-anticipated-the-great-second-half-2016-book-preview.html

some important publications omitted - Schmidt's BD for instance as one comment mentions.
There are a few there to be excited about. They also left off Coetzee's The Schooldays of Jesus, due 29 September in the UK, 3 October here in Australia and it looks like February next year for the US...
That fucking sucks! I'm really looking forward to that one...was thinking this might be a trilogy/ tetralogy of the years the bible doesn't cover of "Jesus" although David isn't Jesus but man the first one was beautiful


Also Moya's Revulsion: Thomas Bernhard in San Salvador is probably the book I've been looking forward to the most (along with Zambra's Multiple Choice...that's on there)...
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For fuck's sake, Something Happened! one of the greatest american novels....
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