From the shortlist of six, US writier George Saunders has won the 2017 Man Booker Prize for his debut novel Lincoln in the Bardo.
The book was described by the judging panel as ‘utterly original’ with a ‘witty, intelligent, and deeply moving narrative’. The novel ‘focuses on a single night in the life of Abraham Lincoln: an actual moment in 1862 when the body of his 11-year-old son was laid to rest in a Washington cemetery’.
City of Parramatta Library has copies available for loan.
We haven’t posted this until now. It’s not that we didn’t notice it. Actually I saw the news in the first instance. I’m not surprised, although this prize, always evokes a lot of discussion.
Kazuo Ishiguro is one of my favourites. Born in Japan, he moved to UK when he was five, Ishiguro’s writing has some very English subtlety and excellency. He writes in various areas and you just can’t categorise him into any genre. If his very famous work ‘The remains of the day’, the Man Booker winning title, expressed the regret and compassion for past human conditions, then his ‘Never let me go’ explores the possibility of lost humanity in the future.