The Lives of Others by Neel Mukherjee

A Little Blog of Books and Other Stuff has a review of Neel Mukherjee’s book The Lives of Others which was shortlisted for this year’s Man Booker Prize. The Little Blog describes the book as “an ambitious and richly detailed family saga” of three generations of Indian family in 1967 Calcutta. The Little Blog states that the book “deserves it place” on the Booker shortlist. Check out The Little Blog’s review.

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The Lives of OthersShortlisted for this year’s Man Booker Prize, ‘The Lives of Others’ by Neel Mukherjee tells the story of twenty-one year old Supratik Ghosh who has left his comfortable family home in Calcutta/Kolkata to join the Communist Party of India. Set primarily in 1967, the story alternates between Supratik’s new life as a Naxalite activist and guerilla fighter working in the rice fields of West Bengal and the everyday lives of the relatives he has left behind. 

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Which American Novels Should Have Won the Booker Prize?

2014 is the first year that American novels will be eligible to win the Man Booker Prize.  The Guardian has published a list of books that various writers and critics, such as Martin Amis, Julian Barnes, Curtis Sittenfield, Edna O’Brien and Joshua Ferris, believe should have won if they had been eligible.  No, Jonathan Franzen’s The Corrections did not make the list.


John Mullen – Humboldt’s Gift (Penguin Great Books of the 20th Century) by Saul Bellow (1975)


Julian Barnes – The Easter Parade by Richard Yates (1976)


Colm Toibin – The Executioner’s Song by Norman Mailer (1979)


Elaine Showalter – The Ghost Writer by Philip Roth


Jane Smiley – Love Medicine (P.S.) by Louise Erdrich (1984)

Martin Amis – White Noise (Penguin Classics Deluxe Editions) by Don Delillo (1985)

Claire Messud – Beloved by Toni Morrison (1987)

Philip Hensher – Rum Punch by Elmore Leonard (1992)

Laura Miller – Infinite Jest by David Foster Wallace (1996)

Joshua Ferris – Mason and Dixon by Thomas Pynchon (1997)

Peter Carey – Plainsong by Kent Haruf (1999)

Sarah Churchwell – Gilead by Marilynne Robinson (2004)

Edna O’Brien – Train Dreams by Denis Johnson (2012)

John Banville – Canada by Richard Ford (2012)

Curtis Sittenfeld – Cartwheel by Jennifer DuBois (2013)

 

 

Check the Guardian article to read why these authors picked these books.

http://www.theguardian.com/books/ng-interactive/2014/sep/12/booker-prize-american-novels-that-should-have-won