Ever since the long-list was announced for this year’s Man Bookers Prize, I was watching this space very curiously. There were some known names there- J M Cortzee with the School days of Jesus, which is supposedly the sequel of The Childhood of Jesus. I was not looking forward to read The School Days of Jesus because I was somewhat not enthusiast about the alternative world created in this series. So when it was excluded from the shortlist, it was a kind of relief for me.
From last 2 years, I try to read all the short-listed books before the winner is announced but never manage to read more than 3 books. Especially the books that eventually win hold me up the most. The Narrow Road to deep North ( the winner of 2014) was so slow paced that it took me a month to finish & the Brief History of Seven Killing (the winner of 2015) was 800 pages long interesting but confusing period tale based in Jamaica was another difficult read for me.
This year’s short-lists are:
Hot Milk by Deborah Levy
His Bloody Project by Graeme Macrae Burnet
The Sellout by Paul Beatty
Do Not Say We Have Nothing by Madeleine Thien
Eileen by Ottessa Moshfegh
All That Man Is by David Szalay
American authors have definitely increased the quality of books in the short-lists since last year. I have already read The Sellout by Paul Beatty (USA) which I enjoyed reading ( it means it will definitely not win 😛 ). “His Bloody Project” by Burnet (Scotland) is another interesting read that I am thoroughly enjoying. After that, I am planning to read Eileen. Thanks to Kindle, the books which were otherwise not available in India are now available online.
There are no books from Asia or Africa this year, which is a surprise.