Who will win the Booker Prize?

Though I always tried to read the winner, I did not intensely follow the Booker until I started writing my blogs on BooksandLiliane. Over the past years I have never felt myself in the position that I enjoyed reading all the novels on the shortlist. There were always one or two novels on the list I did not dig at all. This year naturally I  do have my favourite, I’d not be bitterly disappointed however if one of the others would win. On the contrary.  A lovely feeling to be directed at six beautiful novels.

I do know whose name I’d hope to hear on Wednesday. Not Anuk Arudpragasam despite loving his A Passage North. Nor Nadifa Mohamed who told a shocking true tale. Or Maggie Shipstead who took her readers along in the life of one of the first female pilots. Nor Patricia Lockwood whose tribute to her young niece was touching and beautifully written.  

If I were allowed to vote I’d probably be in doubt until the very final moment. I find a choice between Damon Galgut and Richard Powers almost impossible to make. Both writers were nominate for the Booker before, I’d love for either of them to finally win. Galgut for writing a novel that stayed with me a long time. About a universal and timeless topic; message and literary quality in perfect balance. Powers for being an all-time favourite whose novels I have devoured,  being moved, touched deeply by one of his novels for the first time. From page one it was clear that things were not going to end well; a father’s love and concern for his unique son dominating all.

What a relief I do not need to vote. I can just sit back and await the final verdict knowing that either novel will be a just winner. What a splendid way to prepare for the judge’s verdict.

About booksandliliane

I am an avid reader and love to share my love for literature. I have my own opinion on books that have been shortlisted, laureated by critics or are pushed on us by bookstores. I will try and explain why I like or do not like a book. Hopefully influencing you in your choice of books to read.
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6 Responses to Who will win the Booker Prize?

  1. It is an impressive short list this year, I agree, even though I haven’t read any of them, but I’m tempted by quite a few and gave decided I will get a copy if Bewilderment despite veering away from reading that already well promoted and read, ‘author’ demographic.

    Looking forward to hearing the result.

  2. The only one of the short listed novels I’ve read is Galgut’s The Promise, which I loved. Very few writers could carry off a novel like that, with its heavy theme, shifting POV, mostly unlikeable characters and mixture of black humor and tragedy. I’m hoping that Galgut will finally win the prize!
    For several years I followed the Booker prize lists pretty closely. In several years I read the entire long list; more often just the five or six novels that made it to the finals, so to speak. I found the process to be a relatively easy way for me to discover and read non-U.S. writers and I really loved the glimpses it gave on an anglophone world that was frequently so different from my own. A few years ago, however, I just seemed to lose interest in the whole thing. Although it’s hard to say why, I suspect book blogging now supplies many of those needs.

  3. Absolutely agree on Galgut. I find other blogger bbut also prizes like the Booker or the Women’s Prize help me pick out novels. Some I would have found by myself, many others not. I love the fact that the prizes and the blogs help me discover novels from all over the world.

  4. I haven’t read any of them, but Booker has been trying to be more PC and inclusive so… how much should I bet on A Passage North?

  5. Or The Fortune Men? Asia or Somalia?

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