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Author Topic:   2018 Man Booker Prize: Milkman by Anna Burns
Chiroptera
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10-17-2018 7:31 AM


Yesterday the 2018 Man Booker Prize was awarded to Anna Burns for Milkman.

In this unnamed city, to be interesting is dangerous. Middle sister, our protagonist, is busy attempting to keep her mother from discovering her maybe-boyfriend and to keep everyone in the dark about her encounter with Milkman. But when first brother-in-law sniffs out her struggle, and rumours start to swell, middle sister becomes ‘interesting’. The last thing she ever wanted to be. To be interesting is to be noticed and to be noticed is dangerous… Milkman is a tale of gossip and hearsay, silence and deliberate deafness. It is the story of inaction with enormous consequences.

Short listed were:

  • Washington Black - Esi Edugyan
  • Everything Under - Daisy Johnson
  • The Mars Room - Rachel Kushner
  • The Overstory - Richard Powers
  • The Long Take - Robin Robertson

and
  • Snap - Belinda Bauer
  • Sabrina - Nick Drnaso
  • In Our Mad And Furious City - Guy Gunaratne
  • The Water Cure - Sophie Mackintosh
  • Warlight - Michael Ondaatje
  • Normal People - Sally Rooney
  • From A Low And Quiet Sea - Donal Ryan
fills out the long list.

Edited by Chiroptera, : Put in the "official" synopsis. Also, a typo.

Edited by Chiroptera, : No reason given.


We weaken our greatness when we confuse our patriotism with tribal rivalries that have sown resentment and hatred and violence in all the corners of the globe. -- John McCain

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Chiroptera
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Message 3 of 13 (841650)
10-17-2018 1:05 PM
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10-17-2018 8:14 AM


Re: 2018 Man Booker Prize
None on this list. These books have been published within the last year, and my stack of books-to-be-read is so high that I had to stop acquiring books until I make some headway in reading them.

I have read something by Richard Powers in the past.

The last Man Booker winner that I've read is Marlon James' A Brief History of Seven Killings. A very good book, but very grim and dark without a single ray of sunshine in the whole thing.

A friend tells me that The Sellout by Paul Beatty was the funniest thing he's read.


We weaken our greatness when we confuse our patriotism with tribal rivalries that have sown resentment and hatred and violence in all the corners of the globe. -- John McCain

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Message 5 of 13 (841745)
10-21-2018 9:12 AM
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10-20-2018 2:48 PM


Reading habits
Heh. That's a bit different than the way I operate. Once I start a book I will almost always finish it, no matter how bad it is. (There's only two books I can remember that I never could finish.)

My problem is that even when I make a significant dent in the stack of not-yet-read books I have, I seem to suddenly go into a buying binge and get a whole bunch more.

I get worried sometimes that my cats will knock over my stack of books and I'll end up crushed under a mountain of literature.


We weaken our greatness when we confuse our patriotism with tribal rivalries that have sown resentment and hatred and violence in all the corners of the globe. -- John McCain

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Chiroptera
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Message 12 of 13 (841861)
10-22-2018 11:14 PM
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10-21-2018 1:48 PM


Re: Reading habits
I usually have two books going on at the same time: a fiction book and a nonfiction book.

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I'd guess our reading matter isn't very similar though.

Probably. My fiction seems to lean heavily toward science fiction and fantasy, although I do delve into the high falutin' Man Bookerish literature on occasion.

My nonfiction seems to be heavy on history, especially early US history.

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Have you heard of Project Gutenberg? Their goal is to try to collect everything in English that's in the public domain. As a result, they don't have much in the way of recent literature, but most of the classics you or I would have heard of seem to be there.

Since you mentioned having a Kindle, you can download the mobi version onto your computer and side load it into your Kindle if you know how to do that. Or you can read the HTML version with your browser without downloading anything.


We weaken our greatness when we confuse our patriotism with tribal rivalries that have sown resentment and hatred and violence in all the corners of the globe. -- John McCain

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