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Nicole Krauss || Forest Dark

In Forest Dark the lives of Jules Epstein and a nameless, famous writer are joined by the mere fact of being in one and the same novel. Both go to Tel Aviv in search of their Jewish identity. Though they … Continue reading

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Maggie O’ Farrell || I Am I Am I Am

For those who are acquainted with the work of O’Farrell it will not come as a surprise that her autobiographical description of 17 brushes with death is vintage O’Farrell. Well chosen words, beautiful well-constructed sentences, a structure that enhances words … Continue reading

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Min Jin Lee || Pachinko

Pachinko is a family saga; the writer takes us along from the thirties in the 20st century to the first years of the 21st century. Subject: the history of a Korean family, starting with Sunja and her mother. Pachinko by … Continue reading

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The Golden Man Booker

I have a problem with the short list of the Golden Man booker: the novels included are just not my choice. Going through the list of winners, not bothering about dividing them into five decades I come up with an … Continue reading

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Laurie Frankel || This Is How It Always Is

Laurie Frankel has written a novel which is not about her transgender child but about Claude/Poppy, an imaginative transgender child. I am not so sure This Is How It Always Is qualifies as a terrific novel. A recent newspaper article … Continue reading

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Emma Straub || Modern Lovers

  Modern Lovers definitely does not centre around action, it is about the relationships between the main characters. Not a lot happens, which does not mean that the two main couples and their children go through life without a worry. … Continue reading

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Joanna Cannon ||Three Things About Elsie

Longlist Main character Florence is 84 and suffering from dementia. Cannon shows us her fears, her doubts, her sorrow upon changing into someone who can no longer live her own, independent life. Cannon adds a layer of mystery by introducing … Continue reading

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And my winner is …

Picking a winner from this year’s shortlist turned out to be something of a challenge. I find that I cannot chose between two novels. My shortlist would have been a different one to start with. Having read all the novels … Continue reading

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Kamila Shamsie ||Home Fire

Shortlist Before I started reading Home Fire I had picked up that the novel was vaguely based on a Greek drama. A drama I saw as an opera only recently in the theatre. Still when I started reading I had … Continue reading

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Elif Batuman || The Idiot

Shortlist Did I dislike reading The Idiot? Well, no. Was it badly written? Well, no. Do I have any clue as to what Batuman has set out to communicate with me? Well, no. The main character of The Idiot is … Continue reading

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