Very witty and fast-paced. 4/5
Such a treat to get all of St. Aubyn's biting wit from the Patrick Melrose novels without the accompanying heavy dose of gloom. The book is about a thinly veiled Booker Prize and the hilariously absurd process of picking a winner. I was uncomfortable for a while with the dichotomy between "good" literature from the white guy and "bad" literature from non-traditional authors, but to avoid spoilers I'll just say I'm no longer concerned.
Has anyone read this #satire of literary prizes? (Based on the Man Booker, I believe.) Ive borrowed it at least twice from the library but have never even started it.
To be honest, I think I have a prejudice against satirical novels. Once a book is described as such I lose interest. 😐
I read this book for the first time two years ago and loved it. It's a send up of literary prizes --the Elysian is a thinly veiled Booker prize--featuring self-interested and incompetent judges. St Aubyn made it to the short list at some point, but the prose seems more amused than bitter. Holds up well to multiple reads. Pairs well with the Man Booker long list. Happy #recommendsday!