Thursday, March 1, 2012

March - the Man Asian Literary Prize shortlist, of course!

With just about two weeks to go before the winner of the Man Asian Literary Prize is selected, I have some time to at least make a good start toward finishing the list. I believe I have five books left, so I may be able to get them done in time, but if not, well, that's okay too.

Here's the list (* means I've read it):

River of Smoke, by Amithav Ghosh
The Lake, by Banana Yoshimoto
The Wandering Falcon, by Jamil Ahmad
Rebirth, by Jahnavi Barua ( I had to buy this one in India, of all places!)
Please Look After Mom, by Kyung-soon Shin
The Sly Company of People Who Care, by Rahul Bhattacharya *
Dream of Ding Village, by Yan Lianke*

If there's time, I want to get to a few of the books on the BTBA longlist as well. 
This should be a month of pure reading pleasure. I'm looking forward to it.


  1. These novels are so different, it's going to be really hard to choose. Women might like Please Look After Mom, and men might like River of Smoke. Who are the judges, I wonder.

    1. That's a unique way of looking at how books are judged! I never think of that when I'm reading, although I'm probably in the minority. Like I am in most things.

      Anyway, here's the blurb from the MAL website:

      "The 2011 Judges are Razia Iqbal (Chair), BBC Special Correspondent, Chang-rae Lee, Pulitzer-prize finalist & author of The Surrendered, and Vikas Swarup author of Q&A movie adaptation Slumdog Millionaire."


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