Tuesday, September 11, 2012

The Man Booker Prize Shortlist Announced

photo from cbc.ca
The second shortlist to be announced within a week is for the 2012 Man Booker Prize. The list is as follows:

Tan Twan Eng, The Garden of Evening Mists
Deborah Levy, Swimming Home
Hilary Mantel, Bring up the Bodies
Alison Moore, The Lighthouse
Will Self, Umbrella
Jeet Thayil, Narcopolis

No Canadians on this list, unfortunately. As with the longlist announcement, Mantel’s Bring Up the Bodies is the prohibitive favourite. Last year’s winner, Julian Barnes’s The Sense of an Ending, came with a bit of controversy, as the “jury was accused of dumbing down after the chair of the panel said finalists had been chosen for ‘readability’’’ (CBC Books). This year’s list is “more adventurous” with a debut novel from Thayil, a stream of consciousness novel from Self, and two novels, from Levy and Eng, that were previously rejected from British publishers.

It is an interesting list and I will do my best to get through it before the October 16th announcement. However, having not yet read Wolf Hall (gasp), I won’t be able to read Bring Up the Bodies - it is a proper sequel.

Below is a list of other sites reporting on the announcement:

The Man Booker Prize
CBC Books
The Guardian
Page Views
The Millions
The Mookse and the Gripes

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