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I don't think I've ever read.....

a Booker winner..

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tumbleweed  Male  Gloucestershire 15-Oct-2019 19:32 Message #4758420
I don't think I've ever read a Booker prize winning book...or even a nominated one..

The latest prize has just been given....Joint winners....

I usually read 'lesser' books...I'm not sure what the criteria is for books to be nominated even...

Have you read any?....Have you read them before the nominations?....Do you make a point of reading them after they have been nominated?....or just the winner perhaps?....

I noticed in the list of nominations over the years that some authors are in there quite a few times....Salman Rushdie was in there again this time....and Margaret Atwood, one of this years winners, has won before..
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terry  Male  West Yorkshire 15-Oct-2019 20:46 Message #4758439
Must admit to not knowing whether I have or haven't tumbleweed, apart from when it's on the news I never know when the Booker Prize is happening. If I have read one, it'd be after the prizegiving because for the last ten or fifteen years I've always bought books from a charity shop, the only new ones I've bought were for the grandkids and I doubt they would have even been on the lists.
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brisinger  Male  Lancashire 15-Oct-2019 20:59 Message #4758451
Yes, I read "The White Tiger" by Aravind Adiga before it won the Booker prize in 2008
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wonderoushen  Female  Gwynedd 16-Oct-2019 10:24 Message #4758540
If Wolf Hall won it then I have, but if it didn't then I haven't, I usually equate anything called literature with unreadably boring.
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Judance  Female  Berkshire 16-Oct-2019 10:39 Message #4758546
Many years ago I read Hotel du Lac .. can't even remember who wrote it (Anita … ??)

I'm a bit of a trashy reader … I like to pick up a book and get right into it without having to think too deeply.
If I find the style difficult to engage with, I'll ditch it rather than persevere.

A couple of years ago, a friend was reading a book on our way to Madeira. She kept laughing out loud at what was written so I accepted the offer of the book for later reading. When I finally got round to looking at it, I managed about 4 chapters before I abandoned it. I just wanted to slap the main character!!

Each to their own, I suppose
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Templar2013  Male  South East London 16-Oct-2019 10:43 Message #4758548
I often find highly acclaimed books difficult to read. I think many such books need you to sit down and have a good long session rather than popping back and forth from chapter to chapter.
The Satanic Verses was one such book.
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wonderoushen  Female  Gwynedd 16-Oct-2019 11:10 Message #4758557
I pretty much always read in big chunks and not small ones.
Male
tumbleweed  Male  Gloucestershire 19-Oct-2019 10:45 Message #4759003
I thought more would have read some Booker books....

Maybe we are all more 'Richard and Judy Book Club' types.....
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wonderoushen  Female  Gwynedd 19-Oct-2019 13:43 Message #4759018
I read history and crime fiction best is historical crime fiction, I can't do family saga type things, I don't relate to a lot of modern fiction about lives that don't intersect with mine, I think 'why am I reading this? Its like a magazine article that I read the first paragraph of and move on'. Another thing I find difficult is romatic fiction, not being in any way romantic in real life, its something I don't understand in fiction and find myself almost shouting at the book, 'why would you do that you stupid cow?'. Bad sex scenes I find hard to read, many bad authors seem to use sex as a way of ending an awkward chapter.


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