The longlist for the 2014 Booker Prize has just been announced. I’m impressed by the selection as it appears to be a nice mixture of themes and styles and some are new to me. Five books aren’t published until September, so we’ll have to wait a while for those.
The 2014 Booker Longlist:
Five words from the blurb: Burma, prisoner, camp, starvation, letter
Five words from the blurb: Ireland, twin, hopeful, ancestors, farming
Five words from the blurb: saga, Bengali, society, fractures, family
Five words from the blurb: family, husbands, wives, parents, children
Five words from the blurb: composer, police, experiment, music, fugitive
(no cover or blurb available)
Five words from the blurb: art, versatility, love, playful, mysterious
Five words from the blurb: sister, vanished, unique, trouble, story
Five words from the blurb: battle, Hastings, Norman, resistance, fighters
Five words from the blurb: New York, dentist, privacy, Facebook, sanity
Five words from the blurb: love, questions, brutality, suspicion, denial
I’ve only tried three of them:
The Narrow Road to the Deep North was an impressive book, with fantastic writing, but I’m afraid I abandoned it as the subject matter was too dark.
We Are All Completely Beside Ourselves was a lovely book, but it was ruined for me as I accidentally discovered the spoiler in advance and I think the magic of this book is lost if you know the twist.
Blazing World was an impressive book - see my review
Of those that I haven’t tried I’m most looking forward to reading Orfeo and The Wake. I haven’t had much success with novels by Howard Jacobson (don’t get his humour), Joshua Ferris (too experimental) or Ali Smith (too experimental) in the past and so may give them a miss unless someone can convince me they are vastly different/better than their previous novels. The rest look interesting and I look forward to trying them, but I’m in no rush, especially as most aren’t even out yet.