With the exception of Mirror, Shoulders, Signal and A Horse Walks Into a Bar, I am in complete agreement with the expert judges for the Man Booker International Prize. While I’m confused about the inclusion of Dorthe Nors’ book, at least they had the sense to leave off the tedious, boring and overwrought Explosion Chronicles.
I’ve heard good things about A Horse Walks Into A Bar, but I am still awaiting my library copy; it is one of the few books I have not yet read. But the others? Wonderful stuff!
I love Fever Dream for its enigmatic, mysterious message.
I love Judas for addressing the age old conflict between the Arabs and the Jews in a fascinating, well written plot.
I love The Unseen for putting us on an island about a century ago, and letting us live there within a closely knit family.
I love Compass for ethereal, brilliant writing like a stream of consciousness but better.
But, surely I would not have omitted Fish Have No Feet from the short list. It remains in my top three.
As for what the Shadow Jury panel chooses for our top short list? We will make that decision public on Thursday, May 4.