The Lighthouse

The Man Booker 2012 Shortlist

ManBookerWe’re inching ever closer towards the crowning of a winner! Today the 6 novels that make up the 2012 Man Booker short list were revealed and we’ve compiled each of their full descriptions for you below on one easy to read page. In the end only one book can win and that announcement will occur on October 16th.

Over the course of the next 36 days we’ll be reading and reviewing all of the titles on the shortlist as we work towards crowning a winner of our own. We’ll also be discussing each title via podcasts, so keep checking back on a weekly basis so you can stay up to date with everything that’s happening in BookerMarks land!
 
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Our Shortlist Predictions

Man BookerWe’re just one day away from the official 2012 Man Booker short list announcement and we’re finally ready to unveil our group picks for what we think are the most deserving titles in the bunch.

It should be noted that our process wasn’t super scientific and that not every blogger read every book.  In fact, most books have only 2-4 reviews.  What we did was assign a rating on a 1-5 scale (half numbers were fine) for each novel we read.  We then totaled the score for each novel and divided by the number of bloggers who read the book.  The six titles that scored the highest are our predicted short list.  We’ll be shaking up the scoring methodology in the next round, where all of our bloggers have committed to reading all of the short listed titles in order to better predict the overall winner.

Without further delay, here are the six books that as a group we feel should move on to the short list round:

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Know Your Booker!: Alison Moore’s The Lighthouse

The_LighthouseSo you think you know everything there is to know about Alison Moore’s Booker nominated novel The Lighthouse? Test your knowledge against our GoodReads quiz here!

What’s it about?

The Lighthouse is described by the book’s publisher Salt Publishing as follows:

Longlisted for the Man Booker Prize 2012

The Lighthouse begins on a North Sea ferry, on whose blustery outer deck stands Futh, a middle-aged, recently separated man heading to Germany for a restorative walking holiday.

Spending his first night in Hellhaus at a small, family-run hotel, he finds the landlady hospitable but is troubled by an encounter with an inexplicably hostile barman.

In the morning, Futh puts the episode behind him and sets out on his week-long circular walk along the Rhine. As he travels, he contemplates his childhood; a complicated friendship with the son of a lonely neighbour; his parents’ broken marriage and his own. But the story he keeps coming back to, the person and the event affecting all others, is his mother and her abandonment of him as a boy, which left him with a void to fill, a substitute to find.

He recalls his first trip to Germany with his newly single father. He is mindful of something he neglected to do there, an omission which threatens to have devastating repercussions for him this time around.

At the end of the week, Futh, sunburnt and blistered, comes to the end of his circular walk, returning to what he sees as the sanctuary of the Hellhaus hotel, unaware of the events which have been unfolding there in his absence.
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Book Review: 2012 Long Listed: Alison Moore’s The Lighthouse (Review #3)

Rating: 3.0
The Lighthouse
A Novel by Alison Moore
2012 / 192 Pages

“His heart feels like the raw meat it is. It feels like something peeled and bleeding. It feels the way it felt when his mother left.”

As the novel’s description implies this story is about a man abandoned by his mother early in life and his journey of self discovery as he takes a walking tour across country– becoming badly burnt and blistered in the process (or was that Harold Fry?).

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Book Review: 2012 Long Listed: Alison Moore’s The Lighthouse

Rating: 4
The Lighthouse
A Novel by Alison Moore
2012 / 192 Pages

The Setup: The Lighthouse begins on a North Sea ferry, on whose blustery outer deck stands Futh, a middle-aged, recently separated man heading to Germany for a restorative walking holiday. Spending his first night in Hellhaus at a small, family-run hotel, he finds the landlady hospitable but is troubled by an encounter with an inexplicably hostile barman.

In the morning, Futh puts the episode behind him and sets out on his week-long circular walk along the Rhine. As he travels, he contemplates his childhood; a complicated friendship with the son of a lonely neighbour; his parents’ broken marriage and his own. But the story he keeps coming back to, the person and the event affecting all others, is his mother and her abandonment of him as a boy, which left him with a void to fill, a substitute to find. He recalls his first trip to Germany with his newly single father. He is mindful of something he neglected to do there, an omission which threatens to have devastating repercussions for him this time around. At the end of the week, Futh, sunburnt and blistered, comes to the end of his circular walk, returning to what he sees as the sanctuary of the Hellhaus hotel, unaware of the events which have been unfolding there in his absence. (more…)

The Man Booker Award 2012 Longlist

ManBookerMan Booker fever is upon us!  Today the 12 novels that made the longlist were finally revealed and we’ve compiled each of their full descriptions for you below on one easy to read page.  The 6 titles that make the shortlist cut will be announced on September 11th and the ultimate winner of the prize will be announced on October 16th.

Look for this page to be updated with links to reviews as we continue to make our way through the longlist and keep checking BookerMarks for even more up to the minute Man Booker coverage.

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