Thursday, May 20, 2010

Troubles takes the Lost Booker!

I can't tell you how pleased I am that Troubles by J.G. Farrell has won the Lost Booker contest, instituted to recognize books from 1970 that, due to a scheduling snaffle, weren't eligible for the Booker Prize. What is especially nice about the win is that it was voted on by viewers instead of a jury and it won handily with 38% of the vote. Troubles, part of Farrell's Empire Trilogy that includes The Siege of Krishnapur (which also won the Booker) and The Singapore Grip, has been my favourite read so far in my NYRB Reading Challenge (here's why) and I can't recommend this book highly enough. The Guardian reports on the win here. Hooray - this has completely made my day.

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