Friday, January 04, 2008

Man Booker Challenge

One of the new things I learned this past year from my participation in the fun, adventurous world of book challenges is that there are many book awards that I'd never heard of before. One of those is the Man Booker Prize. "Now in its 40th year, the prize aims to reward the best novel of the year written by a citizen of the Commonwealth or the Republic of Ireland." Dewey is hosting a Man Booker Challenge for 2008, and since I've already got several prize winners on my to-read list, I might as well join in the fun and get "credit" for reading them. (A list of the prize winners since 1969 can be found here.)

My Probable List
  • The Gathering by Anne Enright (2007)

  • Hotel du Lac by Anita Brookner (1984)

  • The Inheritance of Loss by Kiran Desai (2006)

  • Life and Times of Michael K by J. M. Coetzee (1983)

  • Life of Pi by Yann Martel (2002)

  • Possession by A. S. Byatt (1990)


  1. I'm going to read The Gathering for this one, too.

    And, I read Life of Pi. That's an interesting one. I liked it more and more AFTER I read it and it all sunk in, very good book.

  2. I read the Life of Pi too. It's very good but it does take a while to get your head round it - it's not straight forward!
    I've got the Inheritance of Loss in my TBR pile so I'll be interested to see your review.

  3. My goodness! You do have a lot of challenges going this year, don't you!

    They all sound great and I can't wait to read the reviews for the various books as you finish them.

  4. I'm doing this challenge as well and I believe that we have a couple of books in common.

  5. I have totally enjoyed Life of Pi -- great book.

    I never finished The Inheritance of Loss. I gave up after a few chapters. :(