The shortlist of 2015 The Man Bookers’ Price for the fiction category has been announced with the usual fanfare. Historically, it was only reserved for Commonwealth countries but this is second year of it including all writers writing in English. That means it is the second year for American Authors to also compete with who’s who of the English writing. This year, two American authors made it to top six, along with two British, a Jamaican and a Nigerian author.( Here is the link that has the summary of all the books that are shortlisted this year. )
Last year, I made a pledge of reading all the short-listed books but I could only do three of them. One of the reason being that the tone of the first two books that I took was too tragic and the pace was non-existent. So, I moved on to other books from my ever-increasing “To Be Read” list.
However there was novelty in each of the books. The Narrow Road to the Deep North was the first book where I read about the details of Australia’s involvement in the Second World War;Life of Others by Neel Mukherjee familiarized the struggle and hardship of the early days of Naxalite movement in India; Ali Smith took me to the art scene of the medieval period through the eyes of an artist.
[Bonus Read: Book Reviews of Last years short-listed books, from my blog:
This year again I will try to read maximum from the list. My first pick was ‘The Fishermen’ by Nigerian author Chigozie Obioma but it is neither released in India and nor in Kindle so I will wait for it. So maybe I will begin with Sunjeev Sahota’s ‘A year of Runaway’ followed by ‘A Brief History of Seven Killings’ because I have never read any books from Jamaica or rather by any Caribbean authors.
Tom McCarthy ( Satin Island) and Anne Tyler (A Spool of Blue Thread) have already won many awards in their already accomplished writing careers and I am sure their books will be great reads too. A Little Life by Hanya Yanagihara is based in New York and offers to be a tragic tale, but I hope it does not involve 9/11.
Have you read any of the shortlisted books? Please share your experience and review. Also, i would love to hear your views on this years shortlists.
Happy Reading !