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