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And Our Winner Is…

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The reviews have all been completed.

The scores have all been tallied.

The winner by a wide margin is…

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Book Review: 2008 Winner: Aravind Adiga’s White Tiger

Rating: 3.0
The White Tiger
A Novel by Aravind Adiga
2008 / 276 Pages

I don’t even know how to begin to review this book. I listened to it on audio as it is in my Man Booker prize winner reading list and it was buy one get one free on Audible.com.

So, lets just say it is a whack book – slightly off kilter. It is about a man, Balram, from a small village in India becoming a driver for a wealthy man in New Deli. Balram is telling his life story in letter format to the Prime Minister of China. There are parts that are laugh out loud funny and the whole book is very entertaining. I do not know how much of the “background” concerning the customs, politics, and cast system are true. As I listened, I wondered about reading some of the other more popular books based in India for a more accurate description as Balram may not have been the best source for the information.  Interestingly, early on in the book you find that Belram is wanted for murder, but the way the story is written, you really don’t care.  It is just part of the books whacky-ness.

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Book Review: 2009 Winner: Hilary Mantel’s Wolf Hall

Rating: 4
Wolf Hall
A Novel by Hilary Mantel
2009 / 560 Pages

Wolf Hall by Hilary Mantel was on my to-read list as part my goal to read all of the Man-Booker prize winners from the last decade. It shot to the top of my to-read list when the members of The Opinionless Book Club all decided to start the https://bookermarks.wordpress.com/ project – a project where 7 bloggers will tackle the Booker long list to read and rate the books choosing our own short list and eventual winner.
Wolf Hall was the 2009 winner of the Man-Booker and Hilary Mantel released her second novel in the trilogy, Bringing Up The Bodies, this year making it Booker eligible. This book will surely make the long list and I am certain it will also make the short list. So to not start a trilogy with the second book, I tackled the first, first.

As with most historical novels set outside of the revolutionary or civil war, I knew nothing of the story line except very vague details of Henry VIII, Ann Boleyn and Thomas Cromwell. These three characters and umpteen thousand more are central to Wolf Hall. The storyline details the true history of the time but is told from the point of view of Thomas Cromwell. Basically, King Henry VIII has been married to Queen Katherine for some 20 years but she has yet to give birth to a male heir. In comes Ann Boleyn who will not give the king any honey without a ring on her finger (or being corninated as queen). So back in the day, a divorce was much harder to come by and basically a power struggle ensues between the church (think Roman Catholics and the Pope) vs the King and his minions.

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Book Review: 2002 Winner: Yann Martel’s Life of Pi

Literary Hoarder Elizabeth’s Review

Rating: 4
Life of Pi
A Novel by Yann Martel
2002/336 pages

Can you be a better person because you read a book?

This is a story that I have been digesting for a few days.  I finished it almost a week ago, and am still enthralled by the question that is left with the reader. Yann Martel’s literary accomplishment has been widely recognized for years, with stellar reviews and the Man Booker Prize.  I’m a little late to the game. Shame on me for taking so long.

Life of Pi is many things.  It’s zoology… it’s adventure… and most importantly, it’s faith.

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