My Thoughts on #ManBookers2017 Shortlist

Some critics have hailed this year short list as one of the best ever or atleast better than last years top 6. I will not fully agree to that but this is surely a brave set of books. Heavyweights like Anundathi Roy’s Ministry of Utmost Happiness and Colson Whitehead’s The Underground Railway were two big names absentees from the shortlist. A welcome absence was Zaide Smith’s Swing time which was too painful to read for me. I avoided writing a review for it which after an interesting start,  was a let down by very slow pace and monotonous narration. USA and UK dominated this years short-list with 3 each authors in the shortist.

Here are this year’s top 6:

  1. Exit West By Mohsin Hamid

It was my first book from this year’s long list and though I enjoyed the first half of the book but disappointing end of the book. I rated in 3.5 out of 5 on goodreads.

[Full Review : Exit west by Mohsin Hamid ]

2. Autumn by Ali Smith

My favorite book so far, Ali Smith artistic take on the Brexit, Old age, art, poetry, immigration and relationship- I rated it 4 out of 5 star on goodreads.

[Full Review : Autumn by Ali Smith ] 

3. Lincoln in the Bardo by George Saunders

Just finished reading it yesterday, bit of a mixed bag for me- funny in parts , however big favorite for many to take the grand price. I rated it 3 out of 5 stars on goodreads.

[ Full Review: Coming Soon ]

4. 4 3 2 1 by Paul Auster

Like Lincoln in the Bardo, it is also an American Historical fiction followin the four generations of Fergusons.

5. History of Wolves by Emily Fridlund

History of Wolves follows the story of 14 year of Linda who befriends the family who moves near their woods and the change and emotions that she goes through during that time.

6. Elmet by Fiona Mozley

With Elmet, Fiona becomes among 3 women writers that made top 6 and third British writers to make the cut. Elmet is based on contemporary English society and one family’s precarious place in it.

Have you read any one from the short-list ? Do you have any favorite so far – Do share your views in the comments section.


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4 Comments Add yours

  1. I was hoping Ministry of Utmost Happiness would make the cut. Added these books to my reading list.


    1. Same here but it didn’t. Its a good book nonetheless.


  2. history of wolves sounds most interesting, perhaps b’cos it has a human element in its synopsis rather than a grand, global, wide theme. I guess we all like emotions more than abstract.
    Whats ur view on Arundhati’s 2nd baby? Me no like. It couldn’t hold a candle to her 1st born.


  3. I agree with you on Ministry of Utmost Happiness – to be honest, the books in last year’s longlist/shortlists were difficult reads (expect for Exit West and Autumn ) . I gave up after reading 4 books – I even didn’t enjoy the eventual winner


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