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May 15, 2012 07:06PM

6022 Whether the finalists are good or not good enough, it doesn't strip the arrogance and ignorance in the act. Surely, there must be other books than those three, no?
Apr 19, 2012 08:02PM

6022 What the jurors have to say:

Deconstructing the process:
Apr 17, 2012 12:14AM

6022 It's quite ridiculous, but this article might help in enlightening us:
Mar 06, 2012 11:23PM

6022 BTW, I have a question. The Stone Diaries by Carol Shields is a Pulitzer winner, right? But it was also shortlisted for the Man Booker. How's that possible?
Mar 06, 2012 08:10PM

6022 Finalists are not announced in advance, according to the Pulitzer website. Has anyone heard of Binocular Vision by Edith Pearlman? It's a finalist for both the National Book Awards and National Book Critics Circle Awards. I won't be surprised to see it become another finalist for the Pulitzer.
Jan 31, 2012 06:21PM

6022 Hi Steven, yes, I intend to read all four books. I just did not list the other two here because they are not Pulitzer winners. :)

Hi Susan, online groups are really helpful if you want to motivate yourself to keep on reading. That's also the reason I am here on Goodreads. :)
Jan 30, 2012 05:51PM

6022 Susan, Zorro is right. This is just my personal schedule, but I will try my best to include the BOM in my schedule. It depends on whether I have read the book already or not, and on availability.
Jan 29, 2012 10:52PM

6022 1. As I mentioned, I've met Junot Diaz and Edward P. Jones.

From Junot Diaz, I learned that...
- he's a slow writer.
- he's a good conversationalist. Very funny and engaging.
- he's supportive. I mean, he asked me what I do. I told him that I do technical writing. He asked me if I enjoy it. I shrugged. He dared me to go and write about the craziness of that day.
- he recently read Le Carre's Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy. He loved it, although he couldn't really recall the title.
- the footnotes in Oscar Wao are not merely footnotes. They are there to lend an air of authority over the text.
- writers who move to a country not their own end up writing about the home country that they left.

From Edward P. Jones, I learned that...
- Luke is an important character in The Known World.
- that it has been a long time since he talked about Luke since I asked about him.
- that it is necessary to kill his character.
- that there is no huge mystery in writing.
- that you just sit down and write, and that is all there is to it.
- that he is a little quiet.
- that he has good handwriting.

2. I don't have a solid guess because I rarely read recently published works. The first book that came up in my head though is The Marriage Plot by Jeffrey Eugenides. Quite doubtful because the Pulitzer isn't really fond of reawarding an author who already won in the past. I think the last time that it happened was in 1991 with John Updike.
Jan 29, 2012 10:32PM

6022 19-- to 2011 (27):

The Age of Innocence by Edith Wharton
All the King’s Men by Robert Penn Warren
Beloved by Toni Morrison
The Bridge of San Luis Rey by Thornton Wilder
The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao by Junot Diaz
The Color Purple by Alice Walker
Empire Falls by Richard Russo
Gilead by Marilynne Robinson
Gone with the Wind by Margaret Mitchell
The Good Earth by Pearl S. Buck
A Good Scent from a Strange Mountain by Robert Olen Butler
The Grapes of Wrath by John Steinbeck
The Hours by Michael Cunningham
Independence Day by Richard Ford
Interpreter of Maladies by Jhumpa Lahiri
Ironweed by William Kennedy
The Known World by Edward P. Jones
The Mambo Kings Play Songs of Love by Oscar Hijuelos
Martin Dressler: The Tale of an American Dreamer by Steven Millhauser
Middlesex by Jeffrey Eugenides
The Old Man and the Sea by Ernest Hemingway
The Road by Cormac McCarthy
The Shipping News by E. Annie Proulx
The Stories of John Cheever by John Cheever
A Thousand Acres by Jane Smiley
To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee
A Visit from the Goon Squad by Jennifer Egan

The Amazing Adventures of Kavalier & Clay by Michael Chabon (February)
Andersonville by MacKinlay Kantor (October)
Breathing Lessons by Anne Tyler (June)
Collected Stories by Katherine Anne Porter (September)
The Magnificent Ambersons by Booth Tarkington (November)
Olive Kitteridge by Elizabeth Strout (June)
Rabbit at Rest by John Updike (December)
Rabbit is Rich by John Updike (December)

I should have 35 Pulitzers by the end of the year, if I can stick with my 2012 reading plan :D
Jan 19, 2012 10:13PM

6022 I read this last year and I didn't have trouble with the shifting narrative, mostly because I am drawn to such a way of storytelling. I think this is what a real "lyric page-turner" is.

Notable characters for me are Luke, that kid, and Alice, the mad woman. Have you ever wondered why the novel is given this title, The Known World? I think the answer will surface at the end of the novel.
Jan 19, 2012 08:38PM

6022 Thanks Leslie. And you couldn't have done a better job in enunciating the thoughts that are just there swimming inside my head.

I'll try my best to recollect the things that Edward Jones said about The Known World and post it at the corresponding thread.
Jan 19, 2012 07:38PM

6022 Thanks Jeanne! Yes, they talked a lot about their respective Pulitzer-winning works. They came here (Manila, Philippines) during the Manila International Lit Fest.

Junot Diaz, a real talker, focused mostly on the power of footnotes at Oscar Wao. Edward Jones talked about the simple wonder of storytelling. Of the two, Diaz is more popular, evident with the number of attendees. And because there were less attendees at Jones's talk, I had more time to chat with him about The Known World. I was even seated right beside him while we were all waiting for the book talk to formally start. I wish I had the gall to strike a conversation with him, but I was too intimidated to do so.
Jan 19, 2012 06:03PM

6022 Hi Jeanne. The first book that came to mind is The Bridge of San Luis Rey. It's one of my favorite reads last year. Other favorites and memorable reads are The Road, Gilead, The Hours, Interpreter of Maladies, The Stories of John Cheever, and Gone with the Wind.

And oh, I also had the opportunity to meet Junot Diaz (The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao) and Edward P. Jones (The Known World), and have my books signed. That's a big deal for me because rarely do such writers visit my country (Philippines).
Jan 18, 2012 10:56PM

6022 Leslie wrote: "...and we began to probe into why it is that we're even drawn to reading these books. What need do the Pulitzers meet in our lives?"

Hi, I'm new here, so I might as well introduce myself by answering the question above.

I am Angus, and I am drawn to the Pulitzers, and to most awards for this matter, because it gives me a feeling that they are really worth one's time. I don't think an award-giving body would just select a book on a whim and put its reputation at stake. They follow a selection process, so there's a lot of mental and literary exercise involved just to get a book cover stamped with "Winner of the Pulitzer Prize."

I am a slow reader, so I try to make sure that the books that I read are good. I am not an escapist so I don't really have a hard time reading the Pulitzers. I am not saying that I truly understand each of them. In fact, I don't even get some of them, but I still like them. Well, there are a few exceptions, but there are more hits than misses.

Here's my Pulitzer progress:
Read: 26
Currently reading: 1
To read this year: 8
To read in the future: I haven't counted them yet