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Jul. 28th, 2010

The Man Booker Prize Longlist has been announced: (link goes to Guardian.co.uk)

Have you read any of the contenders? What did you think?
Are any of them by authors you already know and enjoy?
Do any of them grab your attention? Will you read it/them?
Will you read the entire longlist, or the shortlist, or do you choose to ignore all popular awards because, lets face it, your TBR list is already out of control...
Will you read this year's winner, just because it won (or only if it interests you, or not at all?)
What's your all-time favourite Booker winning book?

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meneleth
Jul. 28th, 2010 11:53 am (UTC)
Obviously I have plebian tastes - none of these appeal to me at all.
cat63
Jul. 28th, 2010 01:38 pm (UTC)
Haven't read any of them and hadn't heard of any of the books before, but I shall hunt out The Long Song by Andrea Levy because I read her Small Island last year and found it very moving and thought-provoking. The one about the Dutchman on a Japanese island sounds quite interesting too.

I don't think I've actually read any Booker winners - Life of Pi is on my To Read pile. I tried The God of Small Things a while ago but found it dull and turgid.

I don't deliberately read books because they've won awards, nor avoid them for it - I read what sounds interesting to me, regardless of awardi-ness :-)
raidergirl3
Jul. 28th, 2010 04:25 pm (UTC)
Have you read any of the contenders? What did you think?
Only The Slap. It certainly gave me a look into suburban Melbourne. I enjoyed it when I read it last year - here's my review

Are any of them by authors you already know and enjoy?
Loved Mitchell's Black Swan Green but am not completely interested in his new one. I've read Tremain's The Road Home and liked it, and was planning to read another of hers.

Do any of them grab your attention? Will you read it/them?
I put in some requests at the library for Tremain's Trespass, and Moore's February (it's set in Nfld! I remember when the Ocean Ranger went down)

Will you read the entire longlist, or the shortlist, or do you choose to ignore all popular awards because, lets face it, your TBR list is already out of control...
I won't read the entire long or short list. If it looks interesting, or is easily available, I'll try it. I like to check off books from a list to read, so I have been trying the Booker books. I have better luck reading the Orange long and short list however.

Will you read this year's winner, just because it won (or only if it interests you, or not at all?)
If it interests me, I'll try it.

What's your all-time favourite Booker winning book?
Remains of the Day by Kazou Ishiguro, very closely followed by The Bone People by Keri Hulme.
Best books not to win the Booker? A Fine Balance and Fingersmith
seaivy
Jul. 28th, 2010 04:57 pm (UTC)
I can't get into the link!
And I am curious.
Just a few words about prizes. I don't read much fiction and usually just what I find that appeals to me.
I am influenced by the Pulitzer Prize because I've liked most of the books which I have read that have been on that list.
edith_jones
Jul. 29th, 2010 04:28 am (UTC)
I haven't read any of the contenders; they all look dull, and it is possible, although unlikely, that I will read the winning book.

Of the past winners, I have enjoyed several, and The Sea, The Sea by Iris Murdoch is one of my favourite books of all time. I am also very partial to both of the J.M. Coetzee books that have won the award.
chrryblssmninja
Aug. 2nd, 2010 07:59 am (UTC)
some look interesting, but I'll only give them a chance if they pop up again in my life. (a.k.a run into in the library)



My all-time fave Booker winner is The Remains of the Day
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