Wednesday, October 16, 2013

Eleanor Catton wins the Man Booker

Way to win an award in style, woman. Not only is Eleanor Catton the youngest Booker winning author in history (at 28) but she has also won the award for the longest novel in Booker history.

At 832 pages, The Luminaries is the longest novel to be ever awarded the Man Booker Prize.

Aww someone is all smiles. 

Quoting from The Telegraph:-

"Catton, 28, beat competition from Colm Tóibín, NoViolet Bulawayo, Jhumpa Lahiri, Ruth Ozeki and the favourite, Jim Crace, to be awarded the £50,000 prize by the Duchess of Cornwall at a ceremony in Guildhall in London.The author began The Luminaries, her second novel, aged 25, and has eclipsed the previous youngest recipient of the award, Ben Okri, who won aged 32 in 1991."

Well heartiest congratulations to Ms Catton. Now I may have to read this after all.

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  1. Here's what the NY times had to say about The Luminaries:

    "It’s a lot of fun, like doing a Charlotte Brontë-themed crossword puzzle while playing chess and Dance Dance Revolution on a Bongo Board."

    Sounds like the kind of fun that requires serious commitment :P

    1. That sounds...rather complicated. But I heard that The Luminaries was being lauded for its readability. And that's what's attracting me to it more.


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