Monthly Archives: October 2017

And the winner is…

Lincoln in the Bardo. Thoroughly deserved. Advertisements

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Lincoln in the Bardo — George Saunders

My word. This book was made for my dual projects! A Man Booker shortlisted book about the president I probably hold highest in my estimation and, even better, it’s amazing. Just under a year into the Civil War, Abraham Lincoln’s … Continue reading

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4 3 2 1 — Paul Auster

4 3 2 1 is a masterpiece. The back of the book told me so. And, having read it, I’m inclined to agree. Auster has managed something remarkable: he has taken a character (New Jersey-born Archibald Isaac Ferguson) and told … Continue reading

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History of Wolves — Emily Fridlund

I got so excited when I finished reading History of Wolves. I was maybe halfway through the longlist and it was increasingly clear that 2017 was a strong year. So when I’d picked up a first-time novel, I wasn’t sure … Continue reading

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Elmet — Fiona Mozley

Elmet is Fiona Mozley’s first novel and it’s gorgeously written. Centered around a reclusive family of three (a father and two children) and told through the eyes of the younger child, Mozley constructs a family whose place in modern society … Continue reading

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Exit West — Mohsin Hamid

This is Mohsin Hamid’s second nomination for the Man Booker and his first, The Reluctant Fundamentalist left me somewhat underwhelmed. Fortunately, Exit West is a significant step up in terms of quality. The book tells the story of Saeed and … Continue reading

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Autumn — Ali Smith

Autumn has been hailed as the first post-Brexit novel, with a number of critics claiming it as a masterpiece. Certainly the book is very good, and I am increasingly impressed by Ali Smith’s consistently high quality, but I think “masterpiece” … Continue reading

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