Book Club: 1969 Book Club: Poll Update


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Graham Greene leads the nominations. Margaret Atwood is running close.

With almost 150 votes cast, the line-up for the 1969 Book Club is shaping up to be a perfect gender balance with books by men, and five books by women. Iconic 1969 novels, Portnoy’s Complaint, Slaughterhouse Five, and The Left-Hand of Darkness are all polling well, as is Maya Angelou’s vivid memoir, I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings. Rounding out the list is Daphne DuMaurier’s gothic time-traveling novel, The House on the Strand, just pushing out John Cheever’s Bullet Park. It’s not too late to vote – the poll can be found here, but here’s the current state of play.

1. Travels with My Aunt (Graham Greene)

2. The Edible Woman (Margaret Atwood)

3. I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings (Maya Angelou)

4. Slaughterhouse Five (Kurt Vonnegut)

5. The Left Hand of Darkness (Ursula LeGuin)

6. Portnoy’s Complain (Philip Roth)

7. The Tremor of Forgery (Patricia Highsmith)

8. The French Lieutenant’s Woman (John Fowles)

9. Life is Elsewhere (Milan Kundera)

10. The House on the Strand (Daphne DuMaurier)


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