2011 Pulitzer Prize
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The 2011 Pulitzers have been announced:
FICTION - A Visit from the Goon Squad by Jennifer Egan (Alfred A. Knopf)
DRAMA - Clybourne Park by Bruce Norris
HISTORY - The Fiery Trial: Abraham Lincoln and American Slavery by Eric Foner (W. W. Norton & Company)
BIOGRAPHY - Washington: A Life by Ron Chernow (The Penguin Press)
POETRY - The Best of It: New and Selected Poems by Kay Ryan (Grove Press)
GENERAL NONFICTION - The Emperor of All Maladies: A Biography of Cancer by Siddhartha Mukherjee (Scribner)
Thanks goddess. I can't believe it's that time of year already. My copy of A Visit from the Goon Squad should arrive any day so now I'm really looking forward to it.
Here is my comment on this year's Pulitzer fiction winner:
I read this only because it won the Book Critics Circle fiction award. It is a thoroughly boring book--when I came to page 176 and saw that the next 75 pages were graphic pages able to be read in a very short time I was tremendously happy, knowing that I would get to the end of the book quicker. The characters do a lot of inane things as well as much casual sex. It is hard to see how anyone could enoy being told of the things the characters do, such as an interviewer attempting to rape a 19-year old movie star in a park and other outlandish sexual things in public. And at the end there is a lot of texting, which is as annoyng as having characters talk in dialect. The book has no redeeming features and is I think the worst Book Critics Circle winner I have read. I have read 23 of such winners.
Very helpful Schmerguls, as just before checking this thread (I should have done it first I know!) I had a look at some of the reviews of it on here and Amazon. I think I liked the sound of the general set-up, but ultimately felt that it might be just a little bit wanky. Sorry - it's late and I can't think of a better word...
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