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How did this win the Booker?,
This review is from: The Siege Of Krishnapur (Paperback)
Hang on a minute. An interesting story, well written, multiple themes, an absence of naval gazing; how did this book ever win the Booker prize? To start with the book doesn't concern itself with how hard it is growing up in some underdeveloped hell-hole such as Kenya, Sri Lanka or Ireland; it isn't concerned with "long-buried relationship issues" such as recent Booker-winning snorefest "The Gathering". Instead it is part Flashman style satire on the Brits in India, part philosophical (God, culture, science) peppered with occasional flashes of Magnus Mills style dark humour. If you want to read an engaging historical novel and a Booker prize winner you will actually finish then this is the book for you.
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Initial post: 23 Sep 2008 09:20:03 BDT
Hmm. No naval gazing eh? Sailors scanning the horizon? Peering at each other? Prone on deck, glazed eyes focussed on different points of the compass after too much rum? Not in this book me hearties.
Posted on 5 May 2010 20:19:51 BDT
Craig Hall says:
Bit cynical about the Booker there? :-)
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