Wednesday, October 14, 2015

The Man Booker Prize 2015 goes to Marlon James

SO it's Marlon James finally: a Jamaican who lives now in Minneapolis (Can you call him American?).

I don't say I'm unhappy. But the Booker Prize gets a new focus with this selection. Whatever the hype, A Brief History of Seven Killings is not exactly what we call literary fiction. As I've read it, it's not even a remarkable novel - either in terms of language or treatment with the theme which though is an ambitious one.

Michael wood, Chair of the judges, comments:

It is a crime novel that moves beyond the world of crime and takes us deep into a recent history we know far too little about. It moves at a terrific pace and will come to be seen as a classic of our times.’

What's your takeaway?

*Crime novels are okay.

*Terrific pace is an important quality for Booker Prize.

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