Tuesday, October 12, 2010

Oh my! Howard Jacobson wins the Booker Prize for The Finkler Question!!

I just got the word -- the winner of this year's Man Booker Prize is Howard Jacobson for The Finkler QuestionThis year's judges have deemed it so.  The bookies' odds-on favorite to win was Tom McCarthy's C, and I personally view the Jacobson win as a major upset.  Then again, if you've read my posts about the prize this year, I found it inexcusable that the judges left Skippy Dies off the shortlist, so who knows what they were thinking.  In truth, this might possibly have been the most lackluster year for Booker prize entries that I can remember.  But having said that, Finkler Question was a very readable book -- definitely not my favorite of the bunch but still quite good. 

Here's hoping next year brings some less than "meh" titles and judges to the table. And even though I'm a relative nobody, congratulations to Howard Jacobson on his win.


  1. I was kind of hoping for Room to win myself, but I'm looking forward to reading the Finkler Question.

  2. I'm definitely back at not predicting the winner. Last year when I did must have been a fluke!


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