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keepingupwiththepenguins
Amongst Women | John McGahern
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Mehso-so

Amongst Women is the best-known novel of Irish writer John McGahern. It is widely considered to be his masterpiece, and it was shortlisted for the Booker Prize in the year of its release (1990). That was pretty much all I knew about it going in. From the blurb, I thought it might be similar to An Artist Of The Floating World... Full review: http://keepingupwiththepenguins.com/amongst-women-john-mcgahern/ #Irish #Literature #BookerPrize

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thebluestocking
Girl, Woman, Other | Bernardine Evaristo
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Well, the Man Booker Prize was just announced! Breaking the official rules, the judges awarded it to two books, The Testaments and Girl, Woman, Other.

Both of these are on my TBR list!
#manbookerprize #manbooker #bookerprize

Reviewsbylola Both fantastic covers! I have Testaments but haven‘t read it yet. 4mo
thebluestocking @Reviewsbylola I agree about the covers! 💙 4mo
BarbaraBB I wish Evaristo would have been the only winner. The whole buzz created around the Atwood I don‘t think is Booker worthy! 4mo
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Cinfhen Totally agree @BarbaraBB I‘m a little pissed that Atwood won. Evaristo earned the win!!!!!!! 4mo
BarbaraBB @Cinfhen I saw your 5 stars. I immediately preordered the paperback! 4mo
thebluestocking @BarbaraBB @Cinfhen I agree. I think the rules prohibiting a tie are there for a reason, and this circumstance did not seem to necessitate the breaking of them. I am going to have a hard time waiting until GWO comes out in the US! 💙 4mo
Cinfhen I didn‘t realize it‘s not available yet in the states @thebluestocking !!! It‘s SO GOOD @BarbaraBB (edited) 4mo
thebluestocking @Cinfhen It won‘t come out here until December. 4mo
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AnneCecilie
Girl, Woman, Other | Bernardine Evaristo
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This year there‘s two winners for the Booker Prize.

I read and loved “Girl, Woman, Other”, so I‘m happy about this winning.
“The Testaments” is still on my tbr, but I‘ve seen a lot of mixed reviews.

Have there ever been two winners before? Does anyone know?
What do you think of the winners?

TheEllieMo This is the third time; the previous occasions have been in 1974 and 1992. The rules were changed after the 1992 decision, stating that “the prize may not be divided or withheld”, so the judges have broken the award‘s own rules 🤷‍♀️. I haven‘t read Girl, Woman, Other yet but if it‘s worthy of being a winner, it should be THE winner. There‘ll be a bit of controversy around this, methinks 4mo
Reviewsbylola @TheEllieMo that‘s interesting! I find it difficult to believe they couldn‘t narrow it down to one. 4mo
Kalalalatja I‘m with you @Reviewsbylola - one might even get the thought that they just *needed* to give the prize to Atwood, in spite of it not being the better book, so they had to break their own rules 4mo
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BarbaraBB I have very mixed feelings about this. Atwood wrote a sequel to a book that didn‘t win the Prize but has become a commercial hit since the series. To me that sounds cheap for a Booker Prize especially since the buzz around it created by the Booker itself. So I agree with @TheEllieMo @Reviewsbylola @Kalalalatja . Evaristo should have won. (edited) 4mo
AnneCecilie I had no idea that there was a rule against joint winners. That makes the decision even more controversial, I would think. Apparently the judges discussed for 4 hrs and decided on two winners, then they discussed for another 30 min to see if they could choose one. I still agree with you all, it‘s strange that they couldn‘t decide on one. @TheEllieMo @Reviewsbylola @Kalalalatja @BarbaraBB (edited) 4mo
Cinfhen I‘ve read both and it‘s RECOGNIZABLY clear that Evaristo wrote the better book. She deserved to be the ONLY WINNER. That said, I think awarding the prize to Atwood will have a negative backlash for The Testaments. The whole thing stinks/ it diminishes the #BookerPrize and their judging committee #EpicFail 4mo
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mklong
Orchestra of Minorities | Chigozie Obioma
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Mehso-so

This was a very frustrating read for me. I think I could have really liked it, and at times I did, it‘s just that I felt like my shoes kept getting stuck in the mud. It is slow, but not the kind that is quietly building tension or atmosphere, it‘s the kind where you feel stuck in details and are just dying for the story to get moving again. #BookerPrize Shortlist 6/6

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mklong
Quichotte | Salman Rushdie
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Pickpick

I really enjoyed this. It doesn‘t reach Rushdie‘s highest highs (though not much else does either), but it‘s well above his lows. I‘d say if you like Rushdie, you will like this. If you don‘t, I don‘t think it will do much to change your mind. I was completely charmed by it though. #BookerPrize Longlist 9/13, Shortlist 4/6

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kathedron
Girl, Woman, Other | Bernardine Evaristo
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Pickpick

Some books are mirrors: others are windows. For me, this is a window-book. It tells the stories of 12 people, predominantly women, predominantly of colour, of diverse social standing, all with connections to eachother in some way. I loved its vibrancy! It did verge on preachy from time to time but pulled it back with an ending that was entirely satisfying. I'm happy to see it on the #bookerprize shortlist.

erzascarletbookgasm Lovely review. I have this one stacked. 6mo
jhod Reading this at the moment and loving it 6mo
LauraBeth I always love your reviews! 6mo
Cathythoughts Great review 👍🏻♥️stacked 5mo
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kathedron
Lost Children Archive | Valeria Luiselli
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Pickpick

Where do I start with this self-consciously erudite, slow-paced, "thinky" book? I loved it. No, it's not "right" that the telling of the sad break-up of a marriage and young family foregrounds that of the suffering of refugee children. Yet here we are. I liked the structural echoes. I liked the characters' anonymity. I liked the parent/child relationships. Mostly I liked pondering what she was driving at in the pursuit of echoes of lost things.

kathedron #bookerprize So far for me it's between this and Lanny. 6mo
Cathythoughts Beautiful review... 👍🏻♥️ 6mo
jhod I loved this and Lanny too, the actual shortlist have a lot to live up to! 6mo
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mklong
Girl, Woman, Other | Bernardine Evaristo
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Pickpick

A series of loosely connected stories of (mostly) Black, (mostly) immigrant (mostly) women in England. No one here has an easy life, but they all seem to have an innate sense of hope and an optimism that is refreshing. Is it possibly too optimistic at times? Sure. Did I enjoy every minute of it? I sure did. #BookerPrize 7/13

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BarbaraBB
Night Boat to Tangier | Kevin Barry
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Panpan

I seem to be the first to not like this book but I really didn‘t. Although the storyline set in the present (two men waiting in a Spanish harbour for the girl Dilly to arrive) had some potential, the storyline set in the past (about the two men doing drugs and things - a subject I mostly find annoying) didn‘t work for me. This author has been compared to Beckett. That may be a compliment but I‘m no fan of Beckett either. Not at all. #bookerprize

TrishB Great review though 👍🏻 6mo
Ruthiella I‘m no fan of Beckett either! I might read this if it wins the Booker however just out of curiosity.😀 6mo
Redwritinghood I‘m not a Beckett fan, either, but I loved this book. I enjoyed the language and the simple, melancholy story. 🤷🏻‍♀️ 6mo
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AnneCecilie I have no opinion regarding Beckett so I will still give this a chance 6mo
BarbaraBB @Redwritinghood I know what you mean. I was just too annoyed to enjoy the language even though I noticed that it was beautiful at times. 6mo
BarbaraBB @AnneCecilie Do! Everyone loves this book, don‘t let my opinion ruin it for you 💕 6mo
vivastory I haven't read this one, but I liked his book 6mo
BarbaraBB @vivastory Okay when you say so, I‘ll give Barry another chance! 6mo
vivastory I like your new profile pic btw 6mo
BarbaraBB @vivastory thanks! It‘s me and my son! 6mo
jhod I agree! Reading this at the mo and just finding it dull! 6mo
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kindergartenkat
Lost Children Archive | Valeria Luiselli
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#bookerprize This has been my favorite of the Booker books so far. I have been a fan of Luiselli since The Story of my Teeth.

Cathythoughts I‘ve started it a couple of times ... I need to persevere as I really want to read it 7mo
kindergartenkat @Cathythoughts I did the audio which was really good. Luiselli reads the main part herself 7mo
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