The Man Booker prize longlist for 2013 was announced this week and the books are as usual a surprise for me…
- Five Star Billionaire – Tash Aw
- We Need New Names – NoViolet Bulawayo
- The Luminaries – Eleanor Catton
- Harvest – Jim Crace
- The Marrying of Chani Kaufman – Eve Harris
- The Kills – Richard House
- The Lowland – Jhumpa Lahiri
- Unexploded – Alison MacLeod
- TransAtlantic – Colum McCann
- Almost English – Charlotte Mendelson
- A Tale for the Time Being – Ruth Ozeki
- The Spinning Heart – Donal Ryan
- The Testament of Mary – Colm Tóibín
I haven’t read or even heard of any of the authors except for Jhumpa Lahiri who is fast turning out to be one of my favorite authors and I am really looking forward to reading The Lowland when it comes out.
Another book that sounds very interesting and that really pops from this list is The Kills by Richard House. This is a crime thriller and it’s rare to see a book like this on a regular Man Booker longlist. It’s also a pathbreaker of sorts…this was first published as a digital book and is apparently studded with audio and video riffing off the main story and developing the characters. It’s also published in hardback. This book may not win the main prize but I am positive this is going to be the runaway bestseller among this lot.
Another book that I’ve heard about and am interested to try is The Testament of Mary. It’s a story from the point of view of Jesus’ mother after his crucifixion. It’s pretty short and according to this Guardian review, a little subversive, an adjective that is sure to prick my interest.
One book that I”ll probably stay away from (unless I hear some strong recommendations from you) is Harvest by Jim Crace. It’s garnered a lot of praise for the lovely writing, and The Independent compares him to William Golding in style. Surely, such a book deserves a place on my shelf?
I just have this strong suspicion that is going to be a rambling and dense read with nothing much happening. You know every Man Booker longlist has one of these dense, incomprehensible reads, and I suspect Harvest could be this year’s dense nomination.
Have you read these books? Which books are you looking forward to reading? Which one will you be avoiding?