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Paul Auster || 4321

Man Booker Shortlist 2017 In 4321 Auster takes us along in four variations on the life of Archibald Ferguson, descendant of a Jewish-Russian immigrant who grows up in New York and her suburbs in the fifties and sixties of the … Continue reading

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Ali Smith || Autumn

Man Booker Long List 2017 Ali Smith is a master when it comes to doing magical things with prose and images. Autumn is full of beautiful examples of her talent. I do have to admit however that I am not … Continue reading

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Elizabeth Jane Howard || The Light Years

One might say that The Light Years is just another of those novels on a typical upper class British family that does not appreciate its good fortune. That would do no justice to Howard’s writing at all. The Light Years … Continue reading

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Sebastian Barry || Days Without End

Man Booker Longlist 2017 I’d not say Days Without End with all its descriptions of battles would normally have been my cup of tea. Nevertheless I really did enjoy reading it. Somewhere during The American Civil War I had had … Continue reading

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George Saunders || Lincoln in the Bardo

Man Booker Longlist Lincoln in the Bardo is definitely not your average novel. Its form is too unusual. Part of the novel consists of quotes from letters, journals, newspaper articles or biographies on Abraham Lincoln; the other part of remarks, … Continue reading

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Angela Flournoy || The Turner House

The Turner House is about the family once living it, a large family of fifteen in Detroit. The children have gone their own way, father has died, mother who is no longer fit has moved in with her first-born, a … Continue reading

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Charlotte Wood || The Natural Way of Things

I would not go as far as to say that Charlotte Wood is a bad writer, on the contrary. Her descriptions of the hardships her main characters have to undergo are beautifully written, harsh and poetic at the same time, … Continue reading

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Ann Patchett || Commonwealth

In Commonwealth Patchett shows what happens when two married adults with children meet and fall in love. The story starts off quite traditionally with the ex-husband to be. Next Patchett combines a large jump into the future with the point … Continue reading

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Jacqueline Woodson || Another Brooklyn

In this short novel main character August looks back on her youth. Her father’s funeral and running into an old friend trigger the memories. August was born in Tennessee but moves to Brooklyn with her father and younger brother in … Continue reading

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Jane Gardam || Old Filth / The Man in the Wooden Hat / Last Friends

It would not have occurred to Gardam when she started writing Old Filth, but reading her trilogy whilst her country is busy brexiting this does add an extra layer to her novels. The wish of many Brits to return to … Continue reading

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