Booker International Shortlist 2021 – The War of the Poor
Will this one win the Booker war?
BookWorm’s Thoughts: Not sure why this even made the list it in no way fits the spirt of the criteria.
Why This Could Win: While it reads like a school history/religious education essay it is actually quite poetic in style and I found myself highlighting several paragraphs that I found meaningful.
Why It Might Not Win: Because it should never have been on the list to start with?
Why it could win: Not sure. Maybe if the judges are feeling especially contrary? Because it’s really short?
Why it might not win: It seems like a parody of historical fiction, or a junior high student who used Wikipedia as the soul source for facts for a paper. Honestly, it just isn’t good.
Rachel’s Thoughts: I didn’t hate it. I’m just very confused as to why it’s on the shortlist.
Why it could win: The judges are very keen on works on the fiction/non-fiction border. Müntzer was about making God accessible to the people; this is his story in it’s briefest, most accessible form.
Why it might not win: I’m aware I’m missing something vitally important here, but I don’t see this as experimental, innovative or outstanding. Or fiction, come to that.