The Man Booker Prize 2016: What I read

longlist-sticker2016On 27th July Man Booker Prize announced 2016 longlist! I always check out the long list of this prize, and I try to read books from the list, at least the winner. Let’s have a look at books I already read from the long list, and which books were on my TBR list before the announcement, and which I am adding to my TBR.

 

2016 Man Booker Dozen (source

The 2016 longlist, or Man Booker ‘Dozen’, of 13 novels, is:

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All Is Not Forgotten by Wendy Walker book cover

All Is Not Forgotten by Wendy Walker

all is not forgottenTitle: All Is Not Forgotten

Author: Wendy Walker

Pub Date: July 12th, 2016

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Rating:  ★★★★☆

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Wow, this is the book to read right now! I suspect that this will be a new ‘Gone Girl’ in a sense that a lot of people will try to duplicate this story in a different way, will try to create this new kind of narrator.

The story starts with a mysterious narrator telling us a story that shattered lives of Kramer’s family and deeply disturbed life in a small town of Fairview. One night, during a party a teenage girl is brutally raped. And in hours after this attack, she is given a controversial new treatment – the treatment. Thanks to a pill she will forget all about the trauma, she won’t remember what happened to her, she won’t have to deal with possible PTSD of the attack, won’t have a flashback, she won’t have to deal with horrors of being a rape victim. She will forget it all. But the treatment doesn’t do its magic. She doesn’t remember what happened to her, but she still feels wrong, her body remembers the attack. She struggles emotionally and finally her problems are recognised, and she and her party start therapy. Therapy that will help Jenny remember what happened and eventually help her to deal with it, therapy that will hep Tom work out his obsession with finding the perpetrator, and Charlotte help deal with her secrets.  Continue reading

Dear Fang, with Lover by Rufi Thorpe book cover

Dear Fang, With Love by Rufi Thorpe

9781101875773Author: Rufi Thorpe

Title: Dear Fang, With Love

Pub Date: May 24th, 2016

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Rating:★★★★☆


Exceptional story. Something new, fresh and different. I thoroughly enjoyed it.

The story captures so many issues and aspects of human life. Father and daughter trip to Vilnius, Lithuania. The father, Lucas was crazy in love with Kat, Russian girl that he met in a school, when still young they made a baby (“Let’s make a baby, baby”). With pregnant Kat, they went to live on a commune of free-living hippies, working on a farm. That was too much for a young Lucas, who called his mother and eventually disappeared from Kat, and his daughter lives. But now, year and years later he is working on his father – daughter relationship. The girl, Vera is seventeen, is a very insightful and unusual teenager. She has a psychotic breakdown, and is diagnosed with bipolar, but she’s’ refusing to accept this diagnosis. Those two are setting on a history tour of Easter Europe, where they can revisit the history of Jews – Vera is a Jew, and history of Lucas’ grandmother Sylvia that survived the war and spent some time in Vilnius and later in Poland.

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Imagine Me Gone by Adam Haslett

Imagine Me Gone   by Adam Haslett

Title: Imagine Me Gone

Author: Adam Haslett

Pub Date: May 3rd, 2016

Rating:★★★★★


This is going to be on my favourite books of 2016 list. It is a fantastic book! Highly recommend it to everyone!

I like how the story is presented. Each part of the book is divided into chapters that are presented by each character. Chapters by Michael are perfection; they show his personality and suffering in a beautiful way, but do not focus on just that. They show how smart he is and how funny he is. Some of his chapters are illustrated in an alternative way, and I especially enjoyed them. The second favourite thing about this book is how the beginning of Alec’s relationship is shown; it’s amazing. It shows how Alec is afraid of love, of showing off his emotions, but how much he needs the love. The descriptions are tender and beautiful.

I liked how characters are shown through 30 or so years of their lives. We have a chance to grow with them, get to know them very well and see those children – Michael, Celia and Alec grow up. And how different is the story at the beginning from the one we are ending with? I think that is the thing that makes this book so amazing.

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