Tomorrow is the shortlist announcement for the Man Booker Prize and while I haven’t read half of them, I decided I would try to make predictions anyway because I own half of them, and that qualifies me in some way, right? I’ve been skimming through the book jackets, and let me tell you there is some interesting stuff in there (*please someone understand the Buffy reference*).
So here are the longlist books:
Bill Clegg (US) – Did You Ever Have a Family – read, no!
Anne Enright (Ireland) – The Green Road – read, nah
Marlon James (Jamaica) – A Brief History of Seven Killings shortlist
Laila Lalami (US) – The Moor’s Account
Tom McCarthy (UK) – Satin Island
Chigozie Obioma (Nigeria) – The Fishermen read, shortlist
Andrew O’Hagan (UK) – The Illuminations
Marilynne Robinson (US) – Lila reading, meh
Anuradha Roy (India) – Sleeping on Jupiter
Sunjeev Sahota (UK) – The Year of the Runaways
Anna Smaill (New Zealand) – The Chimes
Anne Tyler (US) – A Spool of Blue Thread read, shortlist
Hanya Yanagihara (US) – A Little Life reading, shortlist
I’ve read four and am in the process of reading two others. And I own two others. I want to read The Chimes so bad but it’s not really available in the States so I’d have to get it through a third-party seller on Amazon or something.
So of the ones I have read, I would say The Fishermen is in my number one spot. The Green Road and A Spool of Blue Thread were so similar to one another that I can’t say I’d pick one over the other. They were both really well written but if I had to chose I guess I would pick A Spool of Blue Thread because there was a tenderness towards the end that was quite touching. So far I’m not seeing Lila as a contender. A lot of people seem to like Did You Ever Have A Family and I don’t understand that.
Not having read most of these it’s a little difficult to pick, but I chose based on my own impressions, along with knowing that there are 5 books that I either don’t own yet or just haven’t gotten to experience in the least measure. So I picked four, and if I am correct on one or two of them I’ll be satisfied.