Wednesday, 28 July 2010

Man Booker

My blog has been deathly quiet because I am trying not to use the computer so much on account of sore hands. However, I have decided to read the Man Booker longlist and will post my thoughts on each of them here. Be warned: I am no literary critic and will not be attempting any 'high faluting' stuff, just my humble thoughts on each one.


  1. Good luck with those. A shame that they're supposed to be the greatest and I don't recognize a single one. Oh, well. I also don't recognize a single one that I'd pick up at the library.

  2. Yeh- I wonder what makes a book ^Prizeworthy'- as some of the ones I have read fall far short. However, I LOVED the book by David Mitchell.

  3. As we've found out, with T's prizes, an awful lot of it has to do with the people on the committee, and whatever their agenda happens to be. I don't know about the Man Booker, but I can certainly tell you that none of them seems particularly noteworthy to me.

    The prize site says:

    "The Man Booker Prize promotes the finest in fiction by rewarding the very best book of the year.
    The prize, which celebrated its 40th anniversary in 2008, aims to reward the best novel of the year written by a citizen of the Commonwealth or the Republic of Ireland."

    So ... it includes every book published in English, this year, except books written by Americans.


  4. One of the things that I really like about my trips to the US is the chance to visit American bookshops. Sure, there are American best-sellers that reach the UK, but I like reading books that publishers seem to think only those with an American context would like. We're going in September. I've agreed with Number Guy that I'm only going to buy 10.....yeh, I have a bit of a book buying issue ;0)

  5. Oooh! You must tell us where you're going!