Over 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, Aaron explains why he’s 100% certain that Richard House’s The Kills will be crowned the victor on October 15th.
A Novel by Jim Crace
2013 / 224 pages
Jim Crace’s Harvest has the best odds of winning the 2013 Man Booker according to The Daily Beast, the online home of Newsweek Magazine. Thus, I chose Harvest as my third long listed book to read. The book is a first person narrative from the point of view of the widower and former man servant, Walter Thrask. Walter is a villager who tells the story of all things that have gone wrong in his village the week after the year’s harvest. The time and location of the book are unknown, but I figure it takes place in the English countryside sometime in the 1800s. The writing itself is in a nice descriptive tone. The plot is intriguing. The way Crace brings it all together will bore you to tears! Make sure you have a bottle of 5 hour energy handy for this snooze fest.
Rating: 4 Harvest A Novel by Jim Crace 2013 /208 pages
Within the first few pages, I wanted to toss this book and yell “Boring! Boring!” The latter I did. Quite a lot, actually. But, it’s not a large book, only 208 pages, and I felt I owed it to my BookerMark kin to keep at it. And, I’m glad I did. After a spell, I fell into the cadence, which mirrors ye olde time England quite well. Harvest is not modern, in setting or in style. Though the themes are timeless; being an outsider, mass group-think, violence, loyalty, to name a few.
Americanah – Chimimanda Ngozi Adichie
How to Get Filthy Rich in Rising Asia – Mohsin Hamid
Life After Life – Kate Atkinson
The Woman Upstairs – Claire Messud
MaddAddam – Margaret Atwood
The Childhood of Jesus – J.M. Coetzee
TransAtlantic – Colum McCann
The Testament of Mary – Colm Toibin
The Guts – Roddy Doyle
Ghana Must Go – Taiye Selasi
Harvest – Jim Crace
Oleander Girl – Chitra Banerjee Divakaruni
We Need New Names – NoViolet Bulawayo – I know this brings me to 13, but I just get this book and it looks great!
Now, I haven’t (sadly) read these yet, but I just have a feeling – a scientific feeling, of course. But most of these have been on my wanna-read list (which in itself is very official scientific documentation). I also like to hope that the diverse cultures represented on this list would make our Old Man Booker proud.
*I am in no way a scientist. I stopped taking science in 12th grade. So . . . this post actually has no real validity whatsoever.
The main reason I would like to have it appear on the long list is that I have already finished 25% of it. Shallow reason, I know, but my reasoning none the less. So far it is an intriguing read in which 4 of my Goodreads friends have read and rated 4 stars or better. It is also “leading” the voting on the Goodreads Man Booker 2013 Eligible list. (more…)