Two more books from the 2020 Booker shortlist

Elwood Writer Jennifer has been reading her way through this year’s Booker shortlist. Good on you, Jennifer. She’s one title short of finishing the entire list. The Booker winner will be announced on 19 November. This is the latest post from Jennifer’s blog, Little Smackerel:

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Real Life and The New Wilderness may be the last two shortlisted books I read before the winner of the Booker is announced on 19th November. The only book on the shortlist that I haven’t read is The Shadow King, by Maaza Mengiste. Overall, I’ve found the books rather disappointing — possibly a result of my own short-comings, as I tread cautiously, for example, when I, a middleclass caucasian, try to immerse myself in the world of an Afro American gay man.

Brandon Taylor’s Real Life is a debut novel, so he must be congratulated on making it to the shortlist in this prestigious competition. The whole story takes place over one weekend in a university town in the US Midwest. It is a slab of life — a slab of a particular kind of life, where Wallace, a gay Afro American postgraduate biochemist, tries to exist in a…

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