Monday, September 7, 2009

2009 Man Booker Prize, shortlist prediction

At some point tomorrow, the shortlist for the 2009 Man Booker Prize will be announced. Aside from spe
nding about two weeks with Pynchon's Inherent Vice, I've been slowly plugging away at the longlist since the day it was announced. I ordered a few books from sellers in the UK before the prices jumped too dramatically--Wolf Hall, The Glass Room, The Quickening Maze, and How to Paint A Dead Man.

Just for fun, here's my prediction for the shortlist... I'm basing it on what I've actually read and promising reviews of other titles I haven't made it to yet.

How To Paint a Dead Man
Wolf Hall
The Glass Room
The Wilderness
The Children's Book

I just finished How To Paint a Dead Man and was completely floored by it. It's one of those books that I know I would not have discovered if it weren't for the Booker list and I'm very grateful for its placement there. Whatever happens to the book as far as the prize is concerned, I hope people keep it in mind--its a devastatingly beautiful book about art and death and in one thread even manages to utilize the 2nd person narrative with the most jaw-dropping precision.

I'll update tomorrow with the verdict. Happy Labor Day!

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