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message 1: by Angus (new)

Angus Veronica's rating and your review makes me believe that Barnes should really get this year's Booker. Your review also makes it sound like Banville's The Sea and Enright's The Gathering, two past Booker winners.

message 2: by Aldrin (new)

Aldrin But I understand you had a less than stellar experience with The Gathering, di ba? Like Ronnie, I absolutely liked this book. Very introspective without being awfully maudlin. Looking forward to your thoughts on this, Angus.

message 3: by Angus (new)

Angus Not stellar but I like how it is written. The plot just gets dragging at times because the narrator keeps revising her memories in such a manner that you throw the book and yet pick it up after reconsidering. Imagine the narrator changing her mind halfway and then you start doubting your understanding of the plot.

And I'm a stingy rater, so 3-stars might be 4-stars for the more generous reader.

message 4: by Aldrin (new)

Aldrin I can't say for sure if the narrator of The Sense of an Ending is not possessed of the same indecision as the narrator of The Gathering seems to be experiencing since I haven't yet read the latter. But the narrator of the former does have a habit of reiterating the unreliability of his memory.

message 5: by Angus (new)

Angus The narrator's deliberate restructuring of her memories is not what you would describe as unreliable. The book has a lot of haters, but I notice that highbrow readers love it. You might love it. :D

message 6: by Aldrin (new)

Aldrin I'll take that as a compliment. Haha. I had a copy of The Gathering once but I gave it away since I have the ebook and I frequently see it in Book Sale anyway. I'm more interested in reading Enright's new novel, The Forgotten Waltz.

message 7: by Angus (new)

Angus So that's the next after Yesterday's Weather? Yes, that's a compliment. I could not associate it with not so cerebral people. Shh! LOL.

message 8: by Aldrin (new)

Aldrin Hahaha! Yes, and I hear it's one of the books overlooked by this year's Booker judges, along with Ali Smith's There But For The. Among the other shortlisted books this year, Jamrach's Menagerie is the most appealing to me. Might read that next. I regret giving my unread copy of The Sisters Brothers to Kristel last meetup. Haha.

message 9: by Angus (new)

Angus Jamrach's Menagerie's cover looks like the Sceptre edition of Cloud Atlas. And I was a quite disappointed that Hollinghurst's The Stranger's Child did not make it (I have been debating with myself whether to follow Hollinghurst or not). It's one more week before the announcement!

Joselito Honestly and Brilliantly Nice review! I've read "Nothing to be Frightened Of", however, and the only optimistic thing there is the title. Barnes, in its cover, even looked scared.

message 11: by Aldrin (new)

Aldrin @Angus This just won the Man Booker Prize. I'm sure Veronica is delighted, too. Get with the program!

@Joselito I've only read parts of "Nothing to be Frightened Of," all of which are arresting. I think the "Nothing" in the title does not carry the conventional meaning of the word but rather a metaphysical one in the sense that that Nothing is purely that: nothing, an absence, a darkness, an abyss to be rationally frightened of. Barnes was only wise to communicate that fear in his scared-looking cover photo.

message 12: by Angus (new)

Angus Yay! I'll hunt for a copy; it's high time to join the bandwagon. Where did you get yours?

message 13: by Aldrin (new)

Aldrin I only have the ebook. I expect it'll be popping up here soon now that it has won.

message 14: by Angus (new)

Angus It should. But I haven't seen last year's winner, The Finkler Question, in any local book store.

message 15: by Aldrin (new)

Aldrin I saw it once sa Fully Booked High Street. I have the ebook, still unread. Emma Donoghue's Room seems like the bigger hit, no?

message 16: by Angus (new)

Angus Oo nga eh, and it has an even lower average rating than The Gathering (which I thought was the least favorite Booker). I've been seeing Donoghue books at Book Sale. I haven't read Room yet.

message 17: by Aldrin (new)

Aldrin I thought the least favorite Booker winner was Kelman's How Late It Was, How Late. I read Room in January and thought it was just okay. I have a strange stirring to reread it, though, in hopes of maybe liking it more the second time.

message 18: by Angus (new)

Angus How Late has a significantly better average rating than the early Bookers (Holiday, Something to Answer for, et al). But if we talk about its literary merits, I can't tell. I haven't even seen a copy of it yet.

I see some of our TFG friends not loving Room.

message 19: by Ranee (new)

Ranee have you seen Memento? is this somewhat similar, in plot at least?

message 20: by Aldrin (new)

Aldrin Ranee wrote: "have you seen Memento? is this somewhat similar, in plot at least?"

Not really, although both tackle the malleability of memory.

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