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Booker Shocker: Finkler Takes the Prize

By posted at 5:21 pm on October 12, 2010 1

coverHoward Jacobson’s The Finkler Question has won the Booker Prize, beating out far better known shortlisters like C by Tom McCarthy and Parrot and Olivier in America by Peter Carey, and Emma Donoghue’s Room, which has been getting quite a lot of buzz of late.

Bloomsbury USA, the book’s stateside publisher, meanwhile, got lucky with the book hitting shelves today.

The publisher’s description calls the book “a scorching story of exclusion and belonging, justice and love, aging, wisdom and humanity. Funny, furious, unflinching, this extraordinary novel shows one of our finest writers at his brilliant best.”

An excerpt of the book (scroll down) begins:

He should have seen it coming.

His life had been one mishap after another. So he should have been prepared for this one.

He was a man who saw things coming. Not shadowy premonitions before and after sleep, but real and present dangers in the daylit world. Lamp posts and trees reared up at him, splintering his shins. Speeding cars lost control and rode on to the footpath leaving him lying in a pile of torn tissue and mangled bones. Sharp objects dropped from scaffolding and pierced his skull.

Jacobson has written a number of novels. Probably the best known are The Making of Henry, Coming From Behind, and Kalooki Nights, which was on the 2006 Booker longlist and which Sara Ivry in these pages called “Hilarious, shocking, provocative.”

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One Response to “Booker Shocker: Finkler Takes the Prize”

  1. The Librarian Next Door
    at 10:18 am on October 16, 2010

    […] they didn’t see that coming. Howard Jacobson won the Booker Prize for his novel The Finkler Question, beating out odds-on favorites Tom McCarthy and Emma Donoghue. […]

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