Welcome to the Penguin Readers' Forum. This is a new area on Penguin Readers' where you can discuss your favourite books, authors, the latest literary news and even share tips on things like Reading Groups. The Man Booker Prize is in its 40th year and shortlist list is published on 9th September. The Penguin Readers' Forum is the perfect place to discuss what you think about the choices with other Penguin Readers. Go to http://www.manbookerprize.com to take a look at the shortlist.
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I was underwhelmed by the shortlist, but then I hadn't heard of any of the authors.
There's this article on the Guardian website which is about Salman Rushdie's failure to get his book on the shortlist:
Mmmm! Likewise. But then I haven't had much chance to read anything recently. I'm way behind everyone else in that I've only just started The Shack.
Are we the only two members posting on this forum? Is it new?
The Forum is pretty new, not many postings on here as can you see! It would be interesting to see who wins the Man Booker and if that will get a whole new audience interested in books they wouldn't normally read. Sales usually shoot up - I think Linda Grant will win (The Clothes on Their Backs)
I have been going through the shortlist (plus Salman Rushdie's Enchantress.., which, for some reason, failed to make the shortlist). As an Indian, I started with the White Tiger and Sea of Poppies (plus Enchantress), which deal with India. So far, I have finished the the two shortlisted books and cannot quite see why Sea of Poppies should be inferior to the White Tiger in any way - as I see it, the winning book is far less original (in the story-line, though not necessarily in its innovative presentation) than the other and moreover, unfortunately (or not), I am unable to sympathise with any character in White Tiger. Sea of Poppies is eminently readable with a rich and lovable character set and is pacy - I finished the nearly-500-page book over a weekend. I am reading the Enchantress now and will hope to say more about what I think in this forum at the earliest.
(I expect to read Penguin's Fraction of the Whole early in December :))
How do you think White Tiger compares with The Inheritance of Loss (it won the Booker prize in 2006)? I found the Inheritance of Loss quite long winded and difficult to read though the language was really beautiful...
I'm new and I love the forum!!!
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