Booker Shortlist 2021: The Promise
Is this looking promising for the win?
Why it Could Win:.When I first read this I called it as a potential Booker book and I was right.
Why it Might Not Win: The book doesn’t focus enough on the titular promise instead that part of the story is largely avoided. I would have liked more details around the promise and less running away from it.
Why it Could Win: It’s well written, and has mainstream appeal.
Why it Might Not Win: It’s a story that has been told before, and better. (Doris Lessing’s The Grass is Singing comes to mind)
Why it Could Win: It’s a sad and touching story, beautifully written that deals with South Africa apartheid without necessarily knocking you on the head about it.
Why it Might Not Win: Mixed reviews, dark, perhaps not as au courant. (Though I’d argue that last point.)
Why it Could Win: The history of a family set against the history of apartheid in South Africa
Why it Might Not Win: I simply did not find it to be particularly interesting, and I thought that the constant jumping from one character’s point of view to another was jarring.
Why it Could Win: The author has incredible mastery of the narrative voice . . .which is uniquely omniscient. He might deserve the nod for that alone.
Why it Might Not Win: There’s nothing uplifting or joyful in the whole book, and to me, the characters were flat and unsympathetic.