A 2019 Man Booker Prize longlist chat
A few weeks ago, I was browsing the 2019 Man Booker Prize longlist and proceeded to add every. single. book. to my TBR on Goodreads. Along with adding the 2019 longlist, I also added some backlist titles from previous years as well. For no other reason than to keep these books on my radar while the months (possibly) years go by. I’m not a lunatic, I organized all the books into their own “Man Booker Prize” shelf for safe keeping. You can check out the list (and add me on Goodreads) if you’d like here.
I’m not a book snob or whatever else you’re thinking. I just like to know what’s happening during awards like this one and to get me out of my comfort reading zone, okay! There are currently 31 books on that shelf that I have yet to start reading any of them. There were a few titles (The Mars Room, Milkman, Normal People, Autumn, The Water Cure, Exist West) that were already on my shelf before realizing they were listed for a Man Booker Prize at some point but for the most part they’re all new to me.
Of course I wanted to have read through some of the 2019 longlist but I currently have a reading schedule I’m trying to keep and I haven’t been able to squeeze any of these in yet. The longlist was announced on July 24, the shortlist will be announced on September 9 and the winner will be announced on October 14 with judges Peter Florence (Chair), Afua Hirsch, Liz Calder , Xiaolu Guo and Joanna MacGregor.
Now let’s take a look at the the 13 longlisted books.
the man who saw everything
I’m excited to read a Deborah Levy book. It being this one or her other two book that were also nominated for the Man Booker Prize. It just hasn’t happened yet but this one is about a narcissistic historian who’s life changes trajectory after being grazed by an oncoming car.
”Levy traverses the vast reaches of the human imagination while artfully blurring sexual and political binaries--feminine and masculine, East and West, past and present--to reveal the full spectrum of our world.”
This one seems like it’s a story about a quirky MC in the quest for love and family. In as way, could possibly be similar to The Rosie Project (which I loved) as. Sam DuChamp, mediocre spy thriller writer created Quichotte, a saleman obsessed with TV and who falls in love with a TV star. He decided to drive across America to prove he’s worthy for her. While Sam also has equal challenges of his own.