Back Booker 2001

2001Bookerthons are proving so much fun we’ve decided to back track, and maybe one day be able to say we’ve completed a Bookerthon for every year it’s been awarded.

We begin with 2001 – perhaps only for the opportunity to read Atonement again! But there were another five thought-provoking books to add to our has-been-read list and that’s always a bonus.

While we can’t predict the winner, we’ll outline our thoughts and pick our favourites instead, all done in the beautiful Marlborough Sounds on a girls’ weekend.

We are both biased in an Ian McEwan kind of way and therefore are surprised he didn’t win in 2001. Wouldn’t it be nice to know the workings of the judges’ minds. All of the other shortlisters are varied and interesting but Atonement does shine above the rest.

Without this taking top place, it is good to see an Australian story take out the prize. It’s an entertaining and educational book and deserves recognition, even if it is bizarre how Australians revere their most famous criminal!

The Dark Room, a war story through a child’s eyes, is moody and full of imagery and quite affecting. Hotel World is a postmodern work of art that details the passing of time like checking out of a hotel, and Oxygen lingers on the failings of its protagonist with in a peculiarly beautiful way.

Number9dream in itself is an enjoyable book, albeit plot heavy, and Suzy viewed it favourably, but Rachel couldn’t help but make many comparisons to Haruki Murakami’s work and as a result couldn’t take this book seriously.

Best book 1-6: Suzy:
Atonement
Hotel World
True History of the Kelly Gang
Number9dream
The Dark Room
Oxygen

Best book 1-6: Rachel:
Atonement
The Dark Room
True History of the Kelly Gang
Hotel World
Oxygen
Number9dream

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