My Choice for the Man Booker PrizeOctober 18, 2011 at 2:07 am | Posted in Uncategorized | 2 Comments
I just launched out of bed with the sick feeling that I’d somehow missed the announcement of the Man Booker Prize for 2011. It looks like I have about a two-hour window. Phew!
Okay, I’ve read every book on the entire long list, and I correctly chose five of the six short-listed books, as I’ve done once before in 2009. So I’m confident enough to put myself out there in picking a winner, although I’m torn between what I consider two very strong choices. I mentioned as much when I reviewed them.
When I read The Sense of an Ending, I was positive it would win. Since then, I keep having visions of Jamrach’s Menagerie. I knew it was special the very first time I heard the title. So that’s my pick.
See what I did there? I hedged my bets! Now I can also say that nothing would make me happier than to see the prize go to Pigeon English – the book rescued from a slush pile to take its rightful place among the literary elite.
That’s enough out of me. Hopefully I can sleep now. At any rate it’s somewhat disgraceful to be blogging in one’s underpants.