So I read 12 of the 13 Booker long listed books (which included all of the final six) and the Booker winner, Howard Jacobsen’s The Finkler Question, comes in no better than 9th of the twelve I read. This comes as a complete surprise to me. Both Room and In a Strange Room were far superior books. Last year they certainly got it right with Wolf Hall. This year, besides the two mentioned on the short list, Parrot & Olivier in America, would have been a better choice. Perhaps even The Long Song. I’d put Jacobsen;’s book only above Tom McCarthy’s C – which ironically may well have been the runner-up.
Show’s what I know.
The Finkler Question was certainly smart, funny and provocative – but also rather tedious.
My last word on the 2010 Booker.