Today the shortlist for the Man Booker Prize was announced.
- Peter Carey: Parrot and Olivier in America
- Emma Donoghue: Room
- Damon Galgut: In a Strange Room
- Howard Jacobson: The Finkler Question
- Andrea Levy: The Long Song
- Tom McCarthy: C
I’m glad to see Galgut and McCarthy on the list, as those were two excellent books. I’m not surprised to see Carey on the list, though I hope it does not win. Like many others, I’m surprised not to see David Mitchell’s The Thousand Autumns of Jacob de Zoet there. My surprise, though, is based on the fact that so many people loved it, and not because I think it is deserving. Personally, I’m happy to see it off the list, as I hope Mitchell one day wins for a stronger work. Of the four longlist titles I read, it was my least favorite — a real disappointment, actually. However, from word of mouth, I suspect I will like Room even less. The Finkler Question and The Long Song are two I’ve been curious about, so I hope to read them.
As for availability in the United States, you can get Carey, McCarthy, and Levy in hardback (though I haven’t seen the Levy in stores for a while; perhaps that will change now — I hope.). You can purchase Galgut and now Jacobson from the Kindle store. Donoghue will be published on September 13.