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Postby Guy Incognito » Tue Jan 09, 2018 11:15 pm

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Postby vivian darko » Tue Jan 09, 2018 11:38 pm

walt whitman wrote:HPN bibliophiles:

Did we have a thread recommending the best NRYB titles

I remember eyeball kid said something about his faves. Would be nice to know which ones are the best

Yeah he never sent me that list but I did recently come up w an accounting of my favorites for my own use that might be helpful:

Penelope Mortimer - The Pumpkin Eater
Adolfo Bioy Casares - The Invention of Morel
Magda Szabó - Katalin Street
Sigizmund Krzhizhanovsky - The Letter Killers Club
Tayeb Salih - Season of Migration to the North

There's others I like (I know ppl will get mad at me for omitting The Summer Book, The Vet's Daughter, and The Go-Between, which are all good!) but those are the best of what I've read. NYRB has about a 2:1 hit:miss ratio for me, I discovered while making that list, which is probably the best of any publisher I know.
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Postby vivian darko » Tue Jan 09, 2018 11:40 pm

I'm also reading (NYRB's) Melville by Jean Giono and it's on a steady trajectory for that list, or at least on the Good side of NYRB. Much better than Hill, which I found disappointing.
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Postby Eyeball Kid » Tue Jan 09, 2018 11:42 pm

Can't send a list that was never compiled :/
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Postby abs » Tue Jan 09, 2018 11:50 pm

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Postby abs » Tue Jan 09, 2018 11:50 pm

wow sorry those are huge
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Postby sadville » Tue Jan 09, 2018 11:55 pm

proust will always fuck me up

my ex-wife and i used to read proust out loud to each other before sleepytime. when we got married, our "guestbook" or whatevs was our copy of the first three volumes. i still have it. proust came up in the quiz bowl tournament this weekend, and my kids didn't know it, which made me doubly sad

but then i told them my proust story, so they'll never not know it again :/
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Postby quilty » Wed Jan 10, 2018 1:40 am

wow, those are some powerful associations. proust is so tough on love
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Postby Slamwich Artist » Wed Jan 10, 2018 5:11 am

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Haaaaa. The got me. I didn't know it was on Satire! Got it. Peeps got jokes. It's cool!
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Postby Seamus » Wed Jan 10, 2018 5:38 am

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Also Stoner + Warlock which have already been mentioned
Raise. Hell. All. Summer. Long.

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Postby astragal » Wed Jan 10, 2018 6:04 am

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Read these recently and they were both great
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Postby santos l halper » Wed Jan 10, 2018 7:16 am

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Would also second the Adler, the Leigh Fermor, and especially Bioy Casares' 'Invention of Morel', which is one of my favourite books in existence.
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Postby supersaturated » Wed Jan 10, 2018 7:27 am

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(haven't read in a while though, might be kind of gross & problematic in retrospect)
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Postby Eyeball Kid » Wed Jan 10, 2018 7:48 am

Won't make my hypothetical favorites list, but I liked the NYRB-reissued Making It, written by Norman "Father of John" Podhoretz. It was written and published when Podhoretz still identified as a liberal,* and is an interesting, albeit blinkered, time capsule of the NYC literary scene of the 50's and 60's. Speaking of memoirs, I also liked Really the Blues, which abs shouted out already. A very entertaining book, but the reader is asked to accept Mezzrow's self-mythologizing with the largest grain of salt.

*As I started reading it, I couldn't help but look for moments that would hint at his later neoconservative turn. Little things are scattered throughout the book, with the big "of course he became a right-wing crank" happening near the end. I won't go into specifics, but it involves an argument he gets into with James Baldwin, and its placement in the book (it's basically the climax), in retrospect, makes one wonder if Podhoretz knew where he was headed.
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Postby Eyeball Kid » Wed Jan 10, 2018 10:42 am

Since I've been shamed for not doing this already, here is a by-no-means-definitive list of favorite NYRB Classics releases. I've limited myself to no more than one book per author (it was a toss-up between Kingsley Amis's Lucky Jim and The Old Devils; I opted to include the one that wasn't his most-famous work), and to not include anything already mentioned/doesn't need my recommendation here (The Adventures and Misadventures of Maqroll [which would likely top a ranked list were I to do one]; anything by John Williams; anything by Renata Adler). I'm sure I've left out worthy inclusions, but, in addition to the already mentioned self-imposed limits, I didn't want to exceed ten. Here, in no particular order, are some books I thought highly of:

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Postby vivian darko » Wed Jan 10, 2018 11:51 am

Not meant as shaming! I found Zama really disappointing, but maybe if I'd approached it with different expectations I would've liked it more. Had to give up on Angel though. :twisted:
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Postby granger » Wed Jan 10, 2018 12:05 pm

of the ones i didn't see mentioned, i loved cassandra at the wedding & really liked troubles
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Postby Kenny » Wed Jan 10, 2018 12:06 pm

Too many books :ryan: :ryan:
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Postby Eyeball Kid » Wed Jan 10, 2018 12:07 pm

I promised myself I wouldn't do this, but I'm kicking myself for not including J.R. Ackerley's We Think the World of You or Hindoo Holiday. I could have slotted one of them in place of Fat City, which arguably could have fallen in the "doesn't need my recommendation" category. Oh well!

I compiled this list by browsing the NYRB Classics site. While doing so, I came across the book below, which I hadn't heard of, and the cover of which appears to be an allusion to the myth of Saturn eating his children. The image was so striking I immediately ordered the book.

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Postby speakers » Wed Jan 10, 2018 12:18 pm

just finished these two, really good

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Postby r m » Wed Jan 10, 2018 1:05 pm

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Still boggles my mind that this isn't HPN canon.
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Postby Eyeball Kid » Wed Jan 10, 2018 2:05 pm

The Land Breakers by John Ehle is another I could have included.
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Postby walt whitman » Wed Jan 10, 2018 3:19 pm

inverted world is cool as hell, ive seen a bunch of hipinioners recc it for sci-fi readers
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Postby r m » Wed Jan 10, 2018 3:21 pm

It was an also-ran for the first year of the sci-fi club but I think I enjoyed it more than anything on the calendar save for Riddley Walker.
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Postby walt whitman » Wed Jan 10, 2018 3:29 pm

Thank you for those wonderful NYRB recommendations Eyeball kid, Supersaturated, Enemy Ace, santos, sadville, Astragal,Vivian, Atomic Bombshell, Slamwich, Seamus!!
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Postby fakename » Wed Jan 10, 2018 3:39 pm

priest rules.
have you guys read the islanders?
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Postby silverapples » Fri Jan 12, 2018 3:58 am

could anyone recommend a history of weimar germany?
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