The long list was announced this Tuesday. Did you notice #4??? Julian Barnes The Sense of an Ending Sebastian Barry On Canaan’s Side Carol Birch Jamrach’s Menagerie Patrick deWitt THE SISTERS BROTHERS Esi Edugyan Half Blood Blues Yvvette Edwards A Cupboard Full of Coats Alan Hollinghurst The Stranger’s Child Stephen Kelman Pigeon English Patrick McGuinness The Last Hundred Days A.D. Miller Snowdrops Alison Pick Far … Continue reading 2011 MAN BOOKER LONG LIST IS ANNOUNCED…& guess who made it on???
I suppose the plot of Not Untrue & Not Unkind went sideways for me at the end of chapter 3, when it suddenly became something unexpected. Zaire is falling apart. The tight-knit band of journalists at the center of the story head in the direction of the abandoned presidential villa in search of some “bang-bang” (cant for “action” or “fighting”). At least that is what … Continue reading Not Untrue & Not Unkind by Ed O’Loughlin (Advance Review Copy)
Well, the 2010 Man Booker Prize Long List is up. I’m not sure if you pay attention to the Man Booker Prize, but if you do (or are interested in doing so) I recommend the following blogs – all of which have traditionally done a wonderful and thorough job of covering the books that make it onto the long & short lists – DoveGreyReader, KevinfromCanada … Continue reading Taking Bets on the Booker
The Siege is a translation to the n-th degree. Written in Albanian in 1970, translated into French in 1994, and from the French into English in 2008. It’s like a game of telephone and I can’t help wondering how much was changed with each retelling. Is the book that won the first Man Booker International Prize still the same book that the author intended it … Continue reading Embedded with the Ottomans – THE SIEGE by Ismail Kadare
So Hilary Mantel won the Booker Prize… I don’t think that came as a big surprise to anyone who has been reading the press for her novel Wolf Hall. Or kept an eye on the Bookies. I’m just thrilled because it means I can put aside The Children’s Book without guilt (or with less guilt) and admit defeat… at least for now. And I almost … Continue reading The 2009 Man Booker Prize Winner… & My Apologies to Canada