Julian Barnes Wins the Man Booker

I’m a bit late on this news, as it was announced yesterday, but I wanted to make sure everyone knew that Julian Barnes won the 2011  Man Booker Prize for fiction for his novel, The Sense of an Ending.

The Man Booker website described the book as such:

“Barnes’ first novel for six years, The Sense of an Ending went straight into the bestseller list on publication. It is the story of a seemingly ordinary man who, when revisiting his past in later life, discovers that the memories he holds are less than perfect. Laced with trademark precision, dexterity and insight, this is the work of one of the world’s most distinguished writers. At the time of the shortlist announcement, 2011 judge Gaby Wood commented: ‘that the tragedy trapped in this mundane life should be so moving, and so keenly felt by the character that he can only confront it half-blindly and in fragments, is the mark of a truly masterful novel.'”

Click here to view Barnes’ competition — this year’s Booker shortlist.

So what do you think readers? Are you happy Barnes won? Or were you rooting for someone else? I’ll admit, I had my heart set on our local girl Esi Edugyan winning for Half-Blood Blues, even though she seemed like a long shot….

One comment

  1. I really like Julian Barnes and The Sense of an Ending is really good, so I’m glad he finally won. I have a very squishy spot for Carol Birch’s Jamrach’s Menagerie, which is one of my favourite reads of the past year. It would’ve been my pick, if I were a judge. (Sorry, Esi.)

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