Booker Award short list

The shortlist for the 2005 Man Booker Prize was announced today. The prize goes to “the best novel of the year written by a citizen of the [British] Commonwealth or the Republic of Ireland.” The six books emerging from the 17 on the longlist are: The Sea by John Banville; Arthur & George by Julian Barnes, A Long Long Way by Sebastian Barry, Never Let Me Go by Kazuo Ishiguro, The Accidental< by Ali Smith and On Beauty by Zadie Smith.

Summaries of each book appear here. As I’ve noted before, Ishiguro’s work is the only one I read and I found it average at best. I am sorely disappointed that Ian McEwan’s Saturday didn’t make the shortlist.

I have always imagined that Paradise will be a kind of library.

Jorge Luis Borges, Dreamtigers

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1 comment to Booker Award short list

  • IP

    interesting that you think ishiguro’s is just average. seems to be being said of several authors on the list (banville and barnes in partic). barry’s is the opposite – lauded and applauded as he is, he’s never written better