Monday, July 29, 2013

Man Booker vs. Me

Well, Wolf Hall was only the second Man Booker Prize winning novel to be read in the year 2013. What can I say, I've been slacking.

I talk a lot about these award winning novels, post to my Facebook account the longlist announcements (ya, nerd) and keep up with the whole process as best I can via the news feeds at! I personally find the whole thing super exciting!

It's not that I assume that the books that win this, the Orange Prize, or the Pulitzer Prize are legitimately going to be my favorite new releases. It's just that working my way through the award winners of these prizes has introduced me to authors, topics, and themes that I may not have experienced without the guidance these lists supplied me with.

So, where in the scope of the Man Booker list is this blogger? Well, let's see!

1969 P. H. Newby Something to Answer For Not Read  United Kingdom
1970 Bernice Rubens The Elected Member Not Read United Kingdom
1970 J. G. Farrell Troubles Not Read United Kingdom
1971 V. S. Naipaul In a Free State Not Read  United Kingdom
 Trinidad and Tobago
1972 John Berger G. Not Read  United Kingdom
1973 J. G. Farrell The Siege of Krishnapur Not Read  United Kingdom
1974 Nadine Gordimer The Conservationist Not Read South Africa South Africa
Stanley Middleton Holiday Not Read  United Kingdom
1975 Ruth Prawer Jhabvala Heat and Dust Not Read  United Kingdom
1976 David Storey Saville Not Read  United Kingdom
1977 Paul Scott Staying On Not Read  United Kingdom
1978 Iris Murdoch The Sea, the Sea Not Read  Ireland
 United Kingdom
1979 Penelope Fitzgerald Offshore Not Read  United Kingdom
1980 William Golding Rites of Passage Not Read  United Kingdom
1981 Salman Rushdie Midnight's Children Not Read  United Kingdom
1982 Thomas Keneally Schindler's Ark Not Read  Australia
1983 J. M. Coetzee Life & Times of Michael K Not Read South Africa South Africa
1984 Anita Brookner Hotel du Lac Read  United Kingdom
1985 Keri Hulme The Bone People Not Read  New Zealand
1986 Kingsley Amis The Old Devils Not Read  United Kingdom
1987 Penelope Lively Moon Tiger Read  United Kingdom
1988 Peter Carey Oscar and Lucinda Not Read  Australia
1989 Kazuo Ishiguro The Remains of the Day Read  United Kingdom
1990 A. S. Byatt Possession Read  United Kingdom
1991 Ben Okri The Famished Road Not Read  Nigeria
1992 Michael Ondaatje The English Patient Not Read  Canada
Barry Unsworth Sacred Hunger Not Read  United Kingdom
1993 Roddy Doyle Paddy Clarke Ha Ha Ha Not Read  Ireland
1994 James Kelman How Late It Was, How Late Not Read  United Kingdom
1995 Pat Barker The Ghost Road Not Read  United Kingdom
1996 Graham Swift Last Orders Not Read  United Kingdom
1997 Arundhati Roy The God of Small Things Read  India
1998 Ian McEwan Amsterdam Read  United Kingdom
1999 J. M. Coetzee Disgrace Not Read  South Africa
2000 Margaret Atwood The Blind Assassin Read  Canada
2001 Peter Carey True History of the Kelly Gang Not Read  Australia
2002 Yann Martel Life of Pi Read  Canada
2003 DBC Pierre Vernon God Little Read  Australia
2004 Alan Hollinghurst The Line of Beauty Read  United Kingdom
2005 John Banville The Sea Not Read  Ireland
2006 Kiran Desai The Inheritance of Loss Not Read  India
2007 Anne Enright The Gathering Not Read  Ireland
2008 Aravind Adiga The White Tiger Not Read  India
2009 Hilary Mantel Wolf Hall Read  United Kingdom
2010 Howard Jacobson The Finkler Question Read  United Kingdom
2011 Julian Barnes The Sense of an Ending Read  United Kingdom
2012 Hilary Mantel Bring Up the Bodies Not Read  United Kingdom

So, out of forty four years of awards... I've read thirteen. Yikes. Curse that tie in 1974!! I've got some work to do! That's the glorious thing about this plan of mine, though. I've got a lifetime of both global and homegrown literary treasures to go to. Have you subjected yourself to any awesome book challenges?

Also, has anyone read any of the novels selected for the Man Booker's 2013 longlist? Check out my review of one of the selections, A Tale For the Time Being, by Ruth Ozeki! Is it a coincidence, or some literary foresight yours truly is privy to? Yah... let's not get delusional!

**Thanks to Wikipedia for this absurdly informative chart. Anyone else notice that there are no winners from a South American nation, nor any from countries on the Asian continent, except India?