June 17, 2008 archive

Man Booker Prize Challenge

January 1 – December 31, 2008

Here is the perfect compliment to Laura’s Complete Booker ChallengeThe Man Booker Challenge, hosted by Dewey, challenges participants to read 6 books from the short, long or winner lists for the Man Booker Prize.  Readers can change their lists at any time and overlaps are fine.

So here’s my list (subject to change):
1. The Reluctant Fundamentalist, by Moshin Hamid – 2007 Shortlist (finished January 11, 2008; rated 4/5; read my review)
2. The Night Watch, by Sarah Waters – 2006 Shortlist (finished February 12, 2008; rated 4.5/5; read my review)
3. The Gathering, by Anne Enright – Winner 2007
4. In the Country of Men, by Hisham Matar – 2006 Shortlist
5. The Secret River, by Kate Grenville – 2006 Shortlist
6. Cat’s Eye, by Margaret Atwood – 1989 Shortlist (finished February 29, 2008; rated 4.5/5; read my review)
7. Life and Times of Michael K, by J.M. Coetzee – Winner 1983 (finished February 17, 2008; rated 4/5; read my review)

Atonement – Book Review

Real life, her life now beginning, had sent her a villain in the form of an old family friend with strong, awkward limbs and a rugged friendly face who used to carry her on his back, and swim with her in the river, holding her against the current. That seemed about right – truth was …

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