July 26, 2011 by markstani
This year’s Booker Prize longlist makes a welcome change. Last year’s was a bit too pretentious. The Booker has always been one of the more schizophrenic literary prizes: heavy-duty winners mixed with the likes of Life of Pi and the brilliant Vernon God Little. This year’s list suggests those unfamiliar days might return. For starters, there’s the welcome sight of Patrick DeWitt’s engrossing, hilarious take on the Wild West, The Sisters Brothers. See this blog’s review here.
Other potentially notable inclusions are Patrick McGuinness’s intriguing-looking The Last Hundred Days, about Ceausescu’s Romania, and AD Miller’s Snowdrops, set in Moscow. Half the longlisted publishers are independents, which is perhaps the greatest news, and ought to aim a timely boot up the backside of some of the bigger crews who may have taken longlisting for granted. It’s maybe surprising that Aravind Adiga’s Last Man In Tower didn’t make the cut. But that’s a minor grumble on a good day.