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By: Stefanie

Sun, 12 Aug 2007 22:49:30 +0000

Thanks for the links Angela!

By: Angela Young

Sat, 11 Aug 2007 09:36:06 +0000

On that English-speaking island east of the pond (if my geographical assumption about where you are is correct)there are two book-reviewing bloggers who are planning to read and post about the Man Booker longlist before the shortlist is published on 6 September. Here they are, in case you'd like to have a look: Asylum at and dovegreyreader scribbles at

By: Stefanie

Fri, 10 Aug 2007 00:45:46 +0000

Zan, your enthusiasm is contagious! Those are high profile names you mention to be on a shortlist. I'd hate to be a judge and have to choose one! Woudln't it be kind of neat for there to be a reader's choice for the shortlist too? Seems like that would really get people reading the Booker nominees. Rod, you are correct. It is unfortunate for us Americans who want to read the list before the prize to either have to miss some or purchase from UK booksellers. Cipriano, aside from not having some of the books on Mars, how were the bookstores there otherwise? And most importantly, is there a Starbucks? ;) Imani, Welsh Girl seems to get mentioned by bloggers a lot. I will have to keep it on my radar for future reading possiblity. I am interested in Mr Pip for the Great Expectations connection. Jem, happy to mention your project. Self Help is a dense read. Took me quite awhile to get through it but I didn't concentrate on reading just it, I had other books going too. And it's long. But Chesil Beach is a short one, isn't? That will give you a breather between the chunksters. Heather, have getting a new library card! "Shady, incestous business, the book trade"--Dark Orpheus, you somehow manage to always make me laugh! I've not had the pleasure of reading AL Kennedy but your description of her sad and evil stories has made me curious. Victoria, you are a very ambitious woman. I remember your efforts last year and will happily follow along this year! And I will send telepathic messages to your library to make them get you the books faster. :) Ha! Iliana, you are right, his wordiness would explain all those notebooks! Sounds like you have tried to read McEwan before. I read Atonement and enjoyed that. Disturbing, but well done I thought. Good luck with Chesil Beach! Dorothy, yes, there is a Proust feel to it, isn't there? No wonder I thought there was something familiar that I just couldn't put my finger on. Litlove, your students are so lucky! Looking forward to hearing about The Gift of Rain from you.

By: litlove

Thu, 09 Aug 2007 20:10:51 +0000

I always think that resilience and determination are the best qualities to look for in students, more important even than their mental abilities at 17. Emerson has it right that anyone can succeed given the right attitudes. I like the look of the Booker longlist - I've got The Gift of Rain and it looks fab!

By: Dorothy W.

Thu, 09 Aug 2007 16:03:07 +0000

I like Emerson's take on genius too, and it reminds me of what Proust had to say about writers -- that everyone has the material for art within them but it's only the artists who see it and make something of it. No Booker reading for me, although I'm curious about some of the names I've never heard of before.