The winner of the 2010 Pulitzer prize is going to be revealed on Monday 12th April. I am looking forward to seeing who will win, but as I’m not American I find it very hard to predict.
If I was going to give an award to the best book published by an American author in 2009 I’d give it to Jonathan Littell. It is amazing that he was able to create such an outstanding work in a second language and I am very impressed by the book’s scope and emotional power.
Unfortunately I don’t think books in translation are eligible and the Pulitzer prize for fiction is awarded for:
distinguished fiction by an American author, preferably dealing with American life.
The Kindly Ones is set in Europe during WWII, so it doesn’t meet the ideal Pulitzer requirements of a truly American novel.
The best qualifying books I’ve read this year are:
I loved The Help and it deals with issues that the Pulitzer judges will love, but although it was included on the Orange long list I don’t think that it contains enough literary elements for a Pulitzer win.
The Great Perhaps is the best American book I’ve read this year, but I haven’t heard anyone else mention it. I would love to see it win, but I haven’t read that many American novels this year – perhaps there is a better one lurking in my stacks?
Thanks to the wonderful world of blogging I have quite a few potential Pulitzer winners in my TBR pile. The praise these books have received leads me to think that the Pulitzer winner is somewhere amongst them.
If I was forced to choose then I’d put my money on Lark and Termite, as it has received impressive praise:
….a true work of art, literature that makes other contemporary novels seem flat by contrast… San Francisco Chronicle
…. an electrifying novel…. National Book Critics Circle
….reverberates with echoes of Faulkner, Woolf, Kerouac, McCullers and Michael Herr’s war reporting… New York Times
Have you read Lark and Termite? Do you think it will win the Pulitzer?
Who do you think will win the Pulitzer prize this year?