This months winners and losers
May 2022 and we headed off vicariously to the Czech Republic…
Huge congratulations to this years Booker International winner the hugely amusing Tomb of Sand by Geetanjali Shree translated by Daisy Rockwell.
I am glad a fun book won this year even though none of the panel correctly predicted this.
What do you think are you pleased with the winner?
We are 2 days away from the official announcement so who do we think will win?
Is this the new name of the Booker International winner?
Will this one keep its head above sand?
Why it could win: When a person is in the mood for this meandering writing style that is very Indian, this is a great option.
Why it might not win: It really needed some editing. Not everyone wants to read several descriptions of the same incident, place, person, etc.
Rachel’s Thoughts: This was an absolute joy to read.
Why it could win: It’s a celebration of language(s) and translation, it’s the first Hindi book to be nominated, it’s funny and moving and opened my eyes to horrors I should have known more about. Plus crows.
Why it might not win: The plot may wander off a little, it could probably be a tiny bit tighter, and it is up against another hugely ambitious historical novel.
BookWorm’s Thoughts: For plain enjoyment this is my favourite on the list.
Why it could win: The use of language is magical, the story is original and it is a lot of fun while still having a serious message.
Why it might not win: It is definitely not bleak enough for Booker.
What do you think is this the one to walk away with the prize?