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Booker Prize Shortlist

The strong indicator of literary fiction, Man Booker Prize, has announced the the shortlist for 2010. However, to my dismay, one third of the six shortlisted books are not regularly available in the United States; another two, in hardbacks, are just getting to shelves this month. (At least there is the Kindle!) Here is the list:

Parrot and Olivier in America Peter Carey
Room Emma Donoghue
In a Strange Room Damon Galgut
The Finkler Question Howard Jacobson
The Long Song Andrea Levy
C Tom McCarthy

Twice Booker Prize winner, Peter Carey enters the final segment of the race in both hardback and softcover. The sheer accessibility is what puts Parrot and Olivier in America to the top of my pile. True History of the Kelly Gang, which won the same prize in 2001, is also on my list. Next on my list is Room by Emma Donoghue, another long-time favorite author. Room is the story of a boy living in captivity. The hardback is due to release next week. Another one is The Long Song by Andrea Levy, a tale of Jamaican slavery told with lighthearted wit. The book has been available since April and is sitting on my night-stand. David Mitchell’s The Thousand Autumns of Jacob de Zoet didn’t make the shortlist, but he is another author whom I have planned to read for the first time this year.

14 Responses

  1. I really want to read The Long Song and Room. They may very well be the only books from the shortlist that I read. I do want to read Skippy Dies too even though it wasn’t shortlisted.

    • Room should be released next week. The local GLBT paper has a nice review of it today since Emma Donoghue is a lesbian. Parrot and Olivier in America is the only one that is available in both hard- and softcovers.

  2. I really want to read Parrot and Oliver. I’m ashamed to admit that besides the Levy I haven’t heard of the others, and so I’ll have to rectify that now.

  3. You should be able to order them from Book Depository, an English company. They deliver for free worldwide.

  4. I’m looking forward to reading Room. I think it releases here in the States on the 13th?

  5. I think this shortlist is the most U.S. friendly in years, but apparently it’s because I have a Kindle. Two of the novels, In a Strange Room and The Finkler Question are available via Kindle (and not in print) here. Room will be out next week, and the list is complete. I hope you get to them soon. I’ve only managed three of the six, but am reading C now and enjoying it.

    • I should also add C to my list since I have never read Tom McCarthy. In a Strange Room would not be available until next fall but I just saw that it’s available on Kindle. Yoohoo!

  6. I feel like this means I really need to finish PARROT AND OLIVIER now. LOL. I have the McCarthy and the Jacobson at home and ready to go. They all look great this year!

    • I know several bloggers are reading Peter Carey, which I’ll add to my list as soon as I make the bookstore run. My priority is Room. Also I need to finish last year’s winner, Wolf Hall! 🙂

  7. I think it’s a fabulous list! I would like to read them all, but I’m rooting for Room.


    • It’s the most American-friendly shortlist in the recent years. Even though Peter Carey is most favored, I think every book has quite an equal chance.

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