The Finkler Question! This 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.