2012 Bookerthon

2012 BookerThis is one of those years that feels like being tossed about in a washing machine for five weeks – the shortlisted books are so varied, in style, genre, narrative and even pace, that it took a bit of mental energy to jump from one to the other.

But as usual, we relished the challenge and have many thoughts on what we’ve read. Picking a winner is difficult, as all had contrastive attributes, and we wonder if the judges’ criteria would prompt them towards a certain genre or stylist component.

The Lighthouse is deep and mysterious, the style delicious and the events unfolded with perfect timing; Narcopolis is atmospheric and provided an experience; Swimming Home is another nicely paced book with characters who are troubled albeit likeable; The Garden of Evening Mists is a scene setter with an interesting historic story. We’d be pleased if any of them won.

As for the other two, both of us agreed that Umbrella was too clever for us!, and Bring Up The Bodies, well neither of us could even face reading it, so we’re unable to comment on the possibility either of these two could win.

Best book 1st-6th: Rachel:

The Lighthouse
Swimming Home
The Garden of Evening Mists
Narcopolis
Umbrella
Bring Up The Bodies

Best book 1st-6th: Suzy:

The Garden of Evening Mists
The Lighthouse
Narcopolis
Swimming Home
Umbrella
Bring Up The Bodies

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