Tag Archive: Man Booker

Dec 02

The North Water by Ian McGuire

I’ve just found Quentin Tarantino’s next movie project once he’s finished with whatever he’s working on right now.* The North Water by Ian McGuire, described by someone on Goodreads as Jack London on steroids, is a hyper violent, grimy, potty-mouth thriller set on a whaling ship and the icy waters of the Arctic Circle. If …

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Oct 19

So who should have won this year’s Man Booker Prize?

As reminder below are the nominees and links to my reviews. Marlon James, A Brief History of Seven Killings (Oneworld Publications) Tom McCarthy, Satin Island (Jonathan Cape) Chigozie Obioma, The Fishermen (ONE, Pushkin Press) Sunjeev Sahota, The Year of the Runaways (Picador) Anne Tyler, A Spool of Blue Thread (Chatto & Windus) Hanya Yanagihara, A Little Life (Picador) As you’d be aware, Marlon …

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Oct 18

Book Review: Satin Island by Tom McCarthy

Bottom Line Bereft of a plot or a defined character arc some will think that Satin Island is pretentious and pointless, but I loved it to bits. Representative Paragraph Video Buffering as a metaphor for life… We require experience to stay ahead, if only by a nose, of our consciousness of experience—if for no other reason …

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Oct 14

And the Winner of the Man Booker Prize is…

… Marlon James fantastic novel A Brief History of Seven Killings which I reviewed earlier in the year. As I said a month back when the finalists were announced, it was going to take something special to knock Marlon James off the high pedestal I’d put the book on.  And while Tom McCarthy’s Satin Island (review forthcoming) …

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Oct 13

Book Review: The Fishermen by Chigozie Obioma

Bottom Line A coming of age story set in Nigeria in the early to mid 90s that explores the fractious relationship between four brothers against the backdrop of the optimistic but unstable political environment of the time.  The book shifts effortlessly between Biblical parable to crime novel making it a fascinating, surprising and revealing read. Representative Paragraph The prophecy …

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Oct 06

Book Review: A Spool of Blue Thread by Anne Tyler

Bottom Line A well written family drama about the Whitshank family that I never truly engaged with. Representative Paragraph One of the characters in the novel is the house on Bouton Road that was built and maintained by Junior Whitshank, Red’s father, for the Brill family.  It’s a house that Junior loves, that one day he dreams …

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Oct 02

Book Review: The Year of the Runaways by Sunjeev Sahota

Bottom Line A compassionate, thought-provoking novel about illegal Indian immigrants looking to make a better life for themselves in Britain.  Highly recommended. Representative Paragraph But we have to help,’ Narinder insisted. ‘I couldn’t live with myself if I just walked away. I don’t know how people can do that.’ Savraj laughed a little. ‘I’ve never met …

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Sep 27

Book Review: A Little Life by Hanya Yanagihara

Bottom Line I’m conflicted when it comes to A Little Life.  On the negative side it’s too long, it’s depiction of sexual abuse is over the top and there are moments when the characters feel more like punching bags then real people.  However, it’s a novel that I won’t forget in a hurry.  Yanagihara’s exploration of …

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Sep 15

And here we go again – The Man Booker Prize 2015 shortlist…

About 90 minutes ago the judges of this year’s Man Booker award announced the 2015 shortlist.  Below are the finalists:   Marlon James, A Brief History of Seven Killings (Oneworld Publications) Tom McCarthy, Satin Island (Jonathan Cape) Chigozie Obioma, The Fishermen (ONE, Pushkin Press) Sunjeev Sahota, The Year of the Runaways (Picador) Anne Tyler, A Spool of Blue Thread (Chatto & Windus) …

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Feb 06

Book Review: A Brief History of Seven Killings by Marlon James

What’s It About In December 1976 Bob Marley returned to Jamaica to perform at the “Smile Jamaica” free concert.  The event was aimed at easing tension between the two major political parties.  Two days before the concert gunmen attacked Marley, his manager and his wife in the singer’s home.  They all received gun wounds but survived. …

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