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Booker Shortlist 2021: Bewilderment

Bewilderment, Richard Powers

Are we bewildered that this made the cut?


Why it Could Win: For me this is the most Bookerish book on the shortlist. It is beautifully written, is current and relevant to the world today and has great characters.

Why it Might Not Win:  The author can come across as preachy which has put some readers off the story.


Why it Could Win: Powers is a master at bringing the world climate, be it physical or political, into a story.

Why it Might Not Win:

It’s very polarizing- Powers’ agenda doesn’t appeal to everyone. 


Why it Could Win: I rated this book 20/20 so it was perfect for me.  Creative, topical, thought provoking.  I would be happy if it won, and it deserves it.

Why it Might Not Win:  Are we bored with climate fiction yet?  What I like about The Promise over this is that it deals with a topic which is more in the rear view, but still very relevant.  I’m not saying that well.  And hey, Great Circle could always pull out a win.  (In which case, I will projectile my laptop into my bookshelf.)


Why it Could Win: I thought that this book had it all. He is a brilliant writer, and bewilderment perfectly captures the mood of the book and my mood living in the U.S.

Why it Might Not Win: Some reviewers thought he’s too preachy when it comes to climate change (as if it were possible to care too much about climate change!!)


Why it Could Win: It could win because the more deserving The Overstory didn’t, and it’s topical which Booker judges seem to favor. Many readers found it very touching.

Why it Might Not Win: It’s not original, and the inspiration, Flowers for Algernon, did it first and better.

2 Comments Post a comment
  1. Sue #

    I feel out in left field with this book. I just didn’t understand the appeal. I’m with Anita on this.

    Liked by 2 people

    October 27, 2021
  2. I enjoyed the book: visionary, cosmic, touching, relevant, contemporary etc etc. But hey! this is the Booker. Anything can – and doubtless will – happen.

    Liked by 1 person

    October 28, 2021

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