Long Listed

2013 Longlisted: The Marrying Of Chani Kaufman by Eve Harris #3

Why_It_Will_WinOriginally intended to be a “Why It Will Win” post, this has now morphed into a review that swings to the other side, offering a few humble opinions of why the title didn’t make the Shortlist.

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Why it Will Win: TransAtlantic by Colum McCann

Why_It_Will_WinOver the course of the next eight days, leading up the Man Booker shortlist announcement on September 10th, each one of our eight bloggers will champion a different nominated title and explain Why it Will Win the coveted prize.

Today, Mike justifies why Colum McCann’s TransAtlantic has the wings to win it all.

Much of what I have to say about TransAtlantic is covered in my review here, but in this series we have a specific goal — to explain Why It Will Win.

Awkward: I don’t think TransAtlantic will win. The second half of the book is a bit of a slog (see review), and it pulls down a story that starts out fast-paced and exciting.

As a result, allow me to focus not on Why It Will Win, but on Why It WOULD Win (if it did).

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Why it Will Win: The Testament of Mary by Colm Toibin

Why_It_Will_WinOver the course of the next eight days, leading up the Man Booker shortlist announcement on September 10th, each one of our eight bloggers will champion a different nominated title and explain Why it Will Win the coveted prize.

So as you probably already guessed from my review of The Testament of Mary, I have very mixed feelings about the book.  While I was certainly impressed with Tóibín’s attempt to present the mother of Christ in a more versatile and realistic light, I was ultimately disappointed by the one-dimensional Mary that emerges.  But even so, here are a few reasons why The Testament of Mary night take home the Man Booker Prize this year:

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2013 Longlisted: Almost English by Charlotte Mendelson

Almost_EnglishRating: 2.5
Almost English

A Novel by Charlotte Mendelson
2013 / 391 Pages

Longlisted for the 2013 Man Booker Prize, Almost English presents the tension and identity crises that occur within a blended, multicultural family.  While 16 year-old Marina might identify as English on paper, her family life and heritage is much more complicated.  Marina’s mother, Laura, married a Hungarian man named Peter, but his binge drinking and general lack of enthusiasm for family life left Marina fatherless for the majority of her upbringing.  And the life of a single mother hasn’t been easy for Laura, either, especially considering that they are still very closely tied to Peter’s family.  Marina and Laura have lived with Peter’s mother and her two sisters in a tiny London apartment since Peter’s abandonment, which has propelled them into a sort of cultural limbo.

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Why it Will Win: A Tale For The Time Being by Ruth Ozeki

Why_It_Will_WinOver the course of the next eight days, leading up the Man Booker shortlist announcement on September 10th, each one of our eight bloggers will champion a different nominated title and explain Why it Will Win the coveted prize.

Today, Jackie expounds on why adding just a touch of cat ass and a smidge of dog balls to her novel helped Ruth Ozeki secure an easy win.

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