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    • I'm slightly surprised, as I'd assumed the fact that an American novel won last year would militate against its happening again this year. A friend of mine (a fellow English-teacher) raved ecstatically about Lincoln in the Bardo back in the spring (I think he may have read it a second time almost immediately after finishing it). It looks a bit daunting to me, but I daresay I'll give it a go.   Giving the prize to Auster would have made it feel like a lifetime achievement award, and 4321 is to my mind far from being his best work... I liked Ali Smith's Autumn, but can understand why many people wouldn't... but, as with Auster, it's not her best work and it would have been awkward to give her the prize when her previous three shortlisted titles lost out... (she's catching up with Beryl Bainbridge, who was shorlisted five times but never won... Iris Murdoch was shortlisted a record (I think...?) six times, but she won the prize in 1978).   As a born and bred Yorkshireman I'm looking forward to reading Elmet over half-term.
    • I was about to post!  I'm just reading the original review in "The Atlantic" and it's not as positive as Mr. HG's.    
    • There was a time when the winner would have been posted here within minutes! Anyway, Mr Hobgoblin got it right with his top tip. Lincoln in The Bardo has won the 2017 Man Booker Prize.
    • I saw Eternity the other night, Like a great ring of pure and endless light, All calm, as it was bright; And round beneath it, Time in hours, days, years, Driv’n by the spheres Like a vast shadow mov’d; in which the world And all her train were hurl’d. The doting lover in his quaintest strain Did there complain; Near him, his lute, his fancy, and his flights, Wit’s sour delights, With gloves, and knots, the silly snares of pleasure, Yet his dear treasure All scatter’d lay, while he his eyes did pour Upon a flow’r.   From "The World" - Henry Vaughan
    • B Is For Bauhaus: An A-Z Of The Modern World - Deyan Sudjic
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