Man Booker Prize 2010 - Shortlist
The winner was announced in October 2010 and it was Howard Jacobson with The Finkler Question. We have just posted our review of this book, so check it out here. To help you judge whether Howard Jacobson was a worthy winner, OurBookClub has collated some reviews of the shortlist.
When the Shortlist for the Man Booker Prize 2010 was announced on 7 September 2010 there were some surprise omissions (David Mitchell), however, the shortlist is a diverse and interesting selection of books making it an unusual, surpring and controversial mix.
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Room by Emma Donoghue
The story of a mother, her son, a locked room and the outside world. Jack is five and like any little boy excited that it is his birthday and at the prospect of presents and cake. He's looking forward to telling his friends it's his birthday, too. But although Jack is a normal child in many ways, his upbringing is far from ordinary. Jack's entire life has been spent in a single room and this room is the entire world. He shares this room with his mother, a plant, a mouse and a TV and it is the cartoon characters on the TV that he thinks are his friends. There is only one visitor to the locked room - Nick, who visits when Jack is asleep. We both loved this book, which is a rare occurrence, so check out our review.
C by Tom McCarthy
C is a thrilling action novel full of imagination and ambition. C follows Serge Carrefax who is transfixed by the technologies of the early twentieth century that will eventually obliterate him. Serge becomes steeped in a weird world of transmissions which take him through a world of dark and morbid aspects whilst following a pre-war Europe, prison camps of Germany, the roaring twenties of London and the ancient tombs of Egypt. This is on Tracy's reading list, so keep an eye out for the full review shortly.
The Long Song by Andrea Levy
Based on a sugar plantation in Jamaica and the story of July, a slave girl and her mother Kitty. The story covers the Baptist Wars of 1831, the transition from slavery to freedom and the life of the plantation and all those affected in this journey, especially tne negroes that worked the land. Tracy loved this book and made it her book pick for February 2011. Check out The Long Song review.
The Finkler Question by Howard Jacobson
Julian Treslove (BBC Worker) and Sam Finkler (philospher, writer and television personality) are old school friends who have lived totally different lives although have always been on the periphery of each others social group. When they are both widowed they come together with their old school teacher (Treslove) and spend an evening reminiscing about their lives and lost loves. On the way home from that evening, Treslove is attacked and his life slowly and ineluctably changes. Tracy has just posted her review of this book, so check it out here.
In a Strange Room by Damon Galgut
This story follows a young man as he journeys through Greece, India and Africa, meeting interesting characters along the way, although each journey tends to end in disaster, they change his whole live. Read the full review here
Parrot and Olivier in America by Peter Carey
Olivier is a young aristocrat, endangered in France after the revolution whereas Parrot is the son of an itinerant English printer who wants to be an artist but has ended up a servant. Parrot is Olivier's protector on the journey to the New World, where they become embroiled in adventures of America. Read the full review here
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