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Modifié : Août 29, 2012, 4:36pm

Here's a list of my favorite NYRB Classics so far in no particular order:

A Savage War of Peace--Alistair Horne
Voltaire in Love--Nancy Mitford
Warlock--Oakley Hall
The World as I Found It--Bruce Duffy
The Long Ships--Frans G. Bengtsson
Everything Flows--Vasily Grossman
Skylark--Dezso Kosztolanyi
True Deceiver--Tove Jansson
Ice Trilogy--Vladimir Sorokin
Stoner--John Williams
Wish Her Safe at Home--Stephan Benatar
The Enchanted April--Elizabeth Von Arnim

Août 5, 2012, 8:35pm

Stoner is a simple, amazing novel.

Août 5, 2012, 8:44pm

I loved...
Troubles, by J.G. Farrell
Nightmare Alley, by William Lindsay Gresham (OMG!)
The Case of Comrade Tulayev, by Victor Serge
The School for Love, by Olivia Manning
Wish Her Safe at Home
Inverted World, by Christopher Priest
Fatale, by Jean-Patrick Manchette

I've collected about 20 more I haven't read yet.

Août 6, 2012, 5:21am

Great idea! Here's my top 10 list, in order of preference:

Troubles by J.G. Farrell
The Siege of Krishnapur by J.G. Farrell
Chess Story by Stefan Zweig
The Winners by Julio Cortázar
An African in Greenland by Tété-Michel Kpomassie
The Autobiography of an Unknown Indian by Nirad C. Chaudhuri
A Journey Round My Skull by Frigyes Karinthy
The Adventures and Misadventures of Maqroll by Álvaro Mutis
A Savage War of Peace: Algeria 1954-1962 by Alistair Horne
The Three Christs of Ypsilanti by Milton Rokeach

Modifié : Août 6, 2012, 4:34pm

I am a HUGE fan of NYRB; I own about 125 of them, and have read about 75 of them, so it is impossible for me to narrow my list of favorites to anything like 10. Here are my favorites in the three categories I used for my favorite reads of 2011; within categories, they are in no particular order.

The Best of the Best
Life and Fate and Everything Flows by Vassily Grossman and "The Hell of Treblinka" from his The Road (no touchstone)
Ice Trilogy by Vladimir Sorokin
The Foundation Pit by Andrey Platonov
Memoirs of a Revolutionary, The Case of Comrade Tulayev, Unforgiving Years, and Conquered City, all by Victor Serge
A Time of Gifts and From the Woods to the Water by Patrick Leigh Fermor
The Long Ships by Frans G. Bengtsson
The Balkan Trilogy and School for Love by Olivia Manning
The Vet's Daughter by Barbara Comyns
Troubles by J. G. Farrell
Varieties of Exile and Paris Stories by Mavis Gallant
The Mountain Lion by Jean Stafford
A Month in the Country by J. L. Carr
To the Finland Station by Edmund Wilson
Sunflower by Gyula Krudy
Lolly Willowes by Sylvia Townsend Warner
A High Wind in Jamaica by Richard Hughes
The Enchanted April by Elizabeth von Arnim

The Best of the Rest
Soul and Other Stories by Andrey Platonov
An Ermine in Czernopol and The Snows of Yesteryear by Gregor von Rezzori
Proud Beggars by Albert Cossery
The Adventures of Sindbad by Gyula Krudy
The Towers of Trezibond by Rose Macaulay
Skylark by Deszo Kosztolanyi
The Cost of Living by Mavis Gallant
The Siege of Krishnapur and The Singapore Grip by J. G. Farrell
A Time to Keep Silence by Patrick Leigh Fermor
Classic Crimes by William Roughead
Beware of Pity by Stefan Zweig

Runners Up
The Expendable Man by Dorothy B. Hughes
Red Shift by Alan Garner
The Pumpkin Eater by Penelope Mortimer
Hons and Rebels by Jessica Mitford
The Dud Avocado by Elaine Dundy
The Go-Between by L. P. Hartley

Finally, I have a What Was NYRB Thinking? category for the very few NYRBs that were duds for me!
After Claude by Iris Owens
A Meaningful Life by L. J. Davis
Memoirs of Hecate County by Edmund Wilson

Août 6, 2012, 2:18pm

My Favorites So Far:

The Long Ships by Frans Bengtsson
The Summer Book by Tove Jansson
Summer Will Show by Sylvia Townsend Warner
The Towers of Trebizond by Rose Macaulay
Life and Fate by Vasily Grossman
Hons and Rebels by Jessica Mitford
A Month in the Country by J.L. Carr
The Siege of Krishnapur by J.G. Farrell

The two books that I most wanted to like more than I did: Stoner and Mr. Fortune's Maggot.

Août 6, 2012, 8:11pm

Hard Rain Falling by Don Carpenter is memorable, though bleak.

Août 6, 2012, 8:15pm

My top 5:

In Parenthesis by David Jones
The True Deceiver by Tove Jansson
The Summer Book by Tove Jansson
The Ten Thousand Things by Maria Dermout
Pinocchio by Carlo Collodi

Déc 27, 2012, 1:11pm

Oh so hard to decide- these are the ones that pop to mind immediately without looking at my collection

The Summer Book by Tove Jansson
An African in Greenland - Tete Michel Kpomassie
A Time of Gifts - Patrick Leigh Fermor
The True Deceiver Tove Jansson
The Little Book Room Eleanor Farjeon (in the children's series)
Pilgrim Hawk - Glenway Wescott
Indian Summer - William Dean Howells
Paris Stories - Mavis Gallant
A Month in the Country - J.L. Carr
Sunflower Gyula Krudy