Sunday Salon: Why the Booker Short List Ruins my Reading and Other Bookish Items

I’m one of those people who get excited over the Man Booker Prize. ¬†Almost every year, once the long list is announced, I head over the my local library to get as many of the nominated books as I can. ¬†Typically, there are a few not yet available in America, and there are a couple my library doesn’t have yet. So I check out two … Continue reading Sunday Salon: Why the Booker Short List Ruins my Reading and Other Bookish Items

John Berger’s Booker nominated novel From A to X is designed to infuriate readers. The man is simply asking for it. From A to X is an epistolary novel, consisting of letters sent from a woman, A’ida, to Xavier, the imprisoned man she loves. A novel made up of letters loses many readers from the get-go. The introduction explains that the letters in From A … Continue reading

Netherland by Joseph O’Neill

Netherland by Joseph O’Neill is often compared to F. Scott Fitzgerald’s The Great Gatsby. The two books do share a superficial similarity. Both take place in and around New York and both are narrated by an outsider. Both are centered on a fantastic character, one that inspires admiration in other men, but this character is not the narrator. There the similarities end. Though born in … Continue reading Netherland by Joseph O’Neill