Tuesday, 11 February 2020
The January shortlist....
‘But when you boil a story down, you end up with something macabre. All stories end the same way, don’t they?’ Rebecca Makkai
The Great Believers by Rebecca Makkai (2018)
Alternative chapters set in 1980s Chicago and Paris in the mid 2000s chart the AIDS crisis and the impact on one particular family. Epic in scale and forensic in detail yet not fully achieving the emotional depth the subject really deserves 3/5
Until the Coffee Gets Cold by Toshikazu Kawaguchi (2018)
Leaving the Atocha Station by Ben Lerner (2011)
Ben Lerner’s brand of auto-fiction won’t be for everyone but this is an original novel about a poetry student (and flâneur) floating around Madrid, visiting the Prado, reading Lorca, faking Spanish and contemplating the purpose of life. What’s not to love? 4/5
Episodic comedy wrapped up in philosophical criticism; the novel explores the unexpected on the streets on London. One to read and read again 4/5
... A heartwarming little novel about life, love and cat-flaps Title: The Guest Cat Author: Takashi Hiraide Tags: #japan #tokyo #ca...
Another novel about a white man with problems? Think again The cover of Andrew Sean Greer’s Pulitzer prize winning novel Less incl...