Saturday, August 23, 2008

"In a good play, everyone is in the right." - Fredrich Hebbel

Perhaps this is true in fiction writing, as well. Or, perhaps giving the reader the sense of being right or fulfilled is the purpose.

Either way, I have enjoyed trying to tackle the long list of the Man Booker "Dozen." Since not all of the books were available through interlibrary loan - and I'm not big on buying books that I'm unsure of - I wasn't able to read all of them. Still, here are my nominations for the short list, in favorite order:

1. "A Case of Exploding Mangoes" - Mohammed Hanif (I'm betting this will win... or at least hoping it tops Rushdie).

2. "A Fraction of the Whole" - Steve Toltz

3. "The White Tiger" - Aravind Adiga

The "maybe":

"Netherland" - Joseph O'Neill

The "not this time, but you made the long list, so well played":

1. "Child 44" - Tom Rob Smith

2. "The Secret Scripture" - Sebastian Barry

I will be proved right or wrong on the short list on September 9; meanwhile, I've moved on in my reading to recommendations by other bloggers and will revisit the short list at a later date - after finishing my own writing, teaching, and parenting responsibilities (ha).


Stefania said...

It's good to know which long listed books you liked. It's the second positive review of "A Case of Exploding Mangoes" in a row. I'd like to read it.

The inconvenient of living in Italy is that I can't find books in English in the libraries, apart from the uni library from which I can't borrow books anymore. I have to buy on the web or visit one of the few shops that have novels in English. I don't like reading in Italian what has been written in Enlgish, it's like watching a dubbed movie. I'll be in London from the end of September, so that won't be a problem anymore.

I haven't read any of the Australian novels on the Prime Minister's Award. It was just an interesting list I came acroos with. I'm always looking for novels to read in the future.

PS: I saw that "Half of a Yellow Sun" is on your reading list. I hope you'll like it as much as I did.

Kristin Dodge said...

Permanent move to London? Hope not... I'm coming to visit next summer. :-)

Your review made me push "Half of a Yellow Sun" up my list, after I finish "The Yiddish Policemen's Union."