2009 – Bookerthon

2009 BookerA huge stack of books to get through this year – what an initiation for Jo who decided to join us in Bookerthon fun this year. A quick calculation informed us we had to read 80 pages per day to get through the shortlisters in the allotted time. Despite the commitment and variety of books in the pile, we have managed to concur in most instances in our thoughts and judging.

The Glass Room is interesting and creative and kept us all enthralled. The Victorian Gothic novel The Little Stranger is totally captivating and we discussed ‘what really happened’ for a long time! The Quickening Maze is heartfelt and touched us all, and Summertime enchanting.

We were also able to agree Wolf Hall was difficult to read, understand or enjoy. Jo persevered with it the longest!

The Children’s Book is the one we have reacted differently to: Rachel reveled in its complexity, Jo found it tediously long with too many characters and Suzy ???

In the end Suzy is picking The Quickening Maze as her favourite because: ???

Rachel has chosen Summertime by J M Coetzee, saying no one can phrase a sentence like this man can. “Coetzee takes something ordinary and makes it beautiful and meaningful, and for that reason he deserves what would be his third Man Booker win.”

Jo is going for The Little Stranger because of “the beautifully crafted tension and the author’s ability to keep the reader guessing right to the end”.

Best book 1-6: Jo:

The Little Stranger
Summertime
The Quickening Maze
The Glass Room
The Children’s Book
Wolf Hall

Best book 1-6: Rachel:

Summertime
The Children’s Book
The Glass Room
The Little Stranger
The Quickening Maze
Wolf Hall

Best book 1-6: Suzy:

The Quickening Maze
The Glass Room
The Little Stranger
The Children’s Book
Summertime
Wolf Hall

 

 

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