Tag: man booker prize

Review: Washington Black

Washington Black was short-listed for the 2018 Man Booker Prize. From its nomination to the glowing praise around the Internet, most people liked this book more than I did. Though the first half of the book is well-written, the plot’s over-reliance on coincidence strains…

Review: The Gathering

I’d like to state up front and unequivocally: Anne Enright is a brilliant writer. The Green Road is excellent (more on March 12), but The Gathering is overwrought and pretentious. It’s a hybrid of Gilead and Written on the Body with a curious fixation on genitalia. The book…

Review: The Sellout — Five Stars

I haven’t read much modern satire and Paul Beatty’s The Sellout convinced me I should start. The Sellout’s depiction of the Supreme Court in the prologue is so pointed (and uproariously funny) because everyone knows which Justices are being mocked with no footnotes necessary….

Review: The Book of Evidence

It seems fitting that my first five-star is for an Irish author read for the Reading Ireland Month 2016 challenge. Further, WordPress just pinged me to congratulate me on five years. A newly discovered author + a stellar book + a happy fifth +…

Review: The Blind Assassin

I’ve put off this review for a variety of reasons. 2016 has been bumpy, but it has provided time for reading if not for reviewing. Tech woes swallowed my drafted reviews (should have used WordPress for them…), but I’ve convinced myself not to revert to…

Review: The Narrow Road to the Deep North

I’m adding Richard Flanagan’s Gould’s Book of Fish to my queue (for next year, not this year). The Narrow Road to the Deep North is a show of real skill, but I suspect Flanagan’s other works are better. Narrow Road took 12 years to complete. Something I…