Booker Prize 2019 Shortlist: Quichotte by Salman Rushdie
This is the 5th time Rushdie has made the shortlist.
Book Worm’s Thoughts: This is my least favourite of the Rushdie’s that I have read, I don’t like Don Quixote which forms part of the source material for this book and I never found myself lost in the story.
Why this could win: It is topical as it satires the opioid “crisis” in the states. Rushdie is a big name in literature.
Why it might not win: The idea of an old man stalking a much younger woman could factor against it in the current climate (that said it made the long & shortlists). Rushdie has already won a Booker for Midnight’s Children and this book is not a patch on that if you ask me.
Anita’s Thoughts: Why this could win: Rushdie is one of the biggest names in literary fiction.
Why it might not win: So is Atwood. And I think she wins in the battle of the heavyweights given the current zeitgeist.
Nicole’s Thoughts: Rushdie isn’t my thing so I didn’t read it.
Why this could win: Rushdie
Why it might not win: Because Rushdie isn’t a lot of people’s thing … also heard it was a bit of a slog
Tracy’s Thoughts: I truly enjoyed this book. It wasn’t Rushdie’s best, but it was enjoyable. I agree with his politics, so I probably enjoyed it more than others will.
Why this could win: Rushdie, Rushdie, Rushdie. It’s timely, political, funny, and is a retelling. Did I mention Rushdie?
Susie’s Thoughts: I’m part way through this one too, but I must say that I’m finding it very endearing.
Why this could win: Rushdie’s reworking of Don Quixote is so witty and intelligent, worthy Booker winner traits.
Why it might not win: Rushdie die hards are saying it’s not his best.