Booker Prize Guess

October 13, 2008 at 9:01 pm | Posted in Book Blather | 2 Comments

Tomorrow is the big day:  the announcement of the winner of the Man Booker Prize.  I am gagging with anticipation because I thought it was today.  The suspense is killing me.  What’s also killing me is that I’ve only managed to get ahold of one of the books on the short list so far, so I can’t really make an educated guess as to the winner anyway.

I’ve read a couple of things off the long list that didn’t make it to the short list.  These were The Enchantress of Florence and A Case of Exploding Mangoes.  I’m partway into Child 44 right now.  These books have been absolutely terrific, and if they are any indication, then the short list books should be fantastic.

I couldn’t help myself, and I read the first 10 pages or so of A Fraction of the Whole by Steve Toltz.  Based on that impression, this is my pick for the Booker Prize winner that will be announced tomorrow.  The chance that I am right is only 1 in 6, though, so don’t bet any money on that.  But do go read it.

After this, we’ll have to wait until November 19 for the National Book Award announcements, and May next year when the Pulitzers are announced.  Are there award parties for these things?

Forgotten Classics: “Momo”

October 13, 2008 at 4:18 pm | Posted in Fiction, Forgotten Classics | 8 Comments

Have you ever fallen in love with a book, and only found out much later that the same author wrote other things?  Your beloved book was such a gem that if it even occurred to you to seek out more, you maybe decided against reading anything else by that author because surely it would lose out in comparison?  Well, I can assure you that if you loved The Neverending Story by Michael Ende, you will also love Momo, published in 1974.  It is an absolute mystery why this book isn’t better known.

I don’t want to spoil the plot, but I will tell you that it’s a fable about time.  This is an absolutely terrific book, one that happens to be appropriate for young people but will certainly be appreciated by adults.  It looks like it’s either out of print or not available in the US, because prices on Amazon are pretty high, but I was able to find it at my library.  Hopefully you can, too.

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