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2012 Pulitizer Prize Winners

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Edited: Apr 17, 2012, 9:15am Top

Wow - so if you make the final ballot you're exulted and honoured - then they say there's no winner - how are you supposed to feel about that? It's like saying "Good effort, everyone - but we decided that ultimately, none of you are worthy." That's even worse than losing to someone else!

Apr 17, 2012, 9:21am Top

>2 Cecrow:

It's like saying "Good effort, everyone - but we decided that ultimately, none of you are worthy."

I know, right? I seriously want to know what happened - it's not like there's been a lack of quality fiction coming out lately. Apparently it's the first time in 35 years that that prize hasn't been awarded. :/

Apr 17, 2012, 10:05am Top

One of the judges, Maureen Corrigan, talks about what happened in this article:

Apr 17, 2012, 10:55am Top

I was curious to look at the three novels recommended to the committee and see what LT collectively thinks.

The Pale King is listed by 606 members and averages 4 stars.
Swamplandia! is listed by 945 members and averages 3 and a half stars.
Train Dreams is listed by 200 members and averages 4 stars.

Apr 17, 2012, 10:59am Top

What are the publishers going to do with all those "2012 Pulitzer Winner" stickers they had printed?

Apr 17, 2012, 12:51pm Top

I agree, this is really weird. I wonder if it's more of a commentary on the general state of fiction these days. It will be interesting if there is any word from the Pulitzer people. I am VERY unimpressed with the three "long listers" or whatever that would be called.

Apr 17, 2012, 1:02pm Top

I'm not impressed with the nominees, either.

One question is, what would LTers have nominated instead from 2011? That's being discussed over on Darryl's (kidzdoc's) thread in the 75er challenge. The best I came up that I had read was Girl in Translation by Jean Kwok, and we all were struck by the fact that Matterhorn wasn't nominated the year before.

Apr 17, 2012, 6:25pm Top

>4 DevourerOfBooks:

Thank you for the link. I feel bad for Corrigan, Larson, and Cunningham, having had to read all those books for nothing; I'd be more than a little angry myself.

Apr 18, 2012, 2:47am Top

An important point to note is that it is NOT about the quality of the books, it's about the voting process. A winner needs a majority of the votes, so if there are three fantastic but equally popular books, then none will win. Which is clearly stupid imo.

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