2011 MAN BOOKER LONG LIST IS ANNOUNCED…& guess who made it on???

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???

Not Untrue & Not Unkind by Ed O’Loughlin (Advance Review Copy)

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)

Embedded with the Ottomans – THE SIEGE by Ismail Kadare

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

The 2009 Man Booker Prize Winner… & My Apologies to Canada

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