Booker Disappoints

I have no words. The Booker committee skipped two novels of transcendent literary genius on its shortlist and gave the award to Atwood’s TV-series sequel* and to an intersectional lady with a novel about Brexit-wounded polyamorous non-binary social media influencers of color. No, for real.

The first time in years that the Booker shortlist actually has serious literature, and they go and do this. Obviously, the two genius novels still remain in existence, so this isn’t anything tragic. It’s extremely disappointing, though, that no area of life is to be free of “the intersections of identity centering voices we often see othered.” How do you see voices, by the way? Oh, who cares. As long as it’s ideologically appropriate, nobody cares.

*Anybody who feels tempted to inform me that Handmaid’s Tale was a novel first is officially an idiot.

10 thoughts on “Booker Disappoints”

  1. I know you adore Ducks, Newburyport but nobody was going to give an award to a book that’s just a series of subordinate clauses, that most people wouldn’t even pretend to read. [When did you finish Ducks?] I remember you saying that Americans (Lucy Ellman is American born-Brit) don’t really write post-modern novels well, but people the world over crave order. Even if it’s dumb. Hence the award to Atwood.

    How do you see voices, by the way? Oh, who cares. As long as it’s ideologically appropriate, nobody cares.
    If you’re a chromethesiate (sp) sounds have colors and every voice triggers a photism. hi hat

    intersectional lady with a novel about Brexit-wounded polyamorous non-binary social media influencers of color
    Intersectional lay-dee! Intersectional lay-dee! Don’t cross against the light! Don’t cross against the light! whistle sound

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    1. Ducks, by the way, has more reviews on Amazon than the intersectional voices lady with only 2. Can you imagine anybody who’d read the intersectional voices of their own free will?

      If Ducks is too complicated, how about Rushdie? It’s an amazing novel and Rushdie is an absolute genius.

      I’m still reading Ducks. It’s 1,000 pages of fairly small type. Plus, it’s a brick so I can’t take it with me anywhere. But I insist it’s absolute genius.

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      1. I don’t know why Rushdie wasn’t picked. Perhaps because he also won Best of the Bookers? I plan to read Quichotte just because I did enjoy the Satanic Verses and The Enchantress of Florence.

        Interestingly enough, <a href=”https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/41081373-girl-woman-other>Girl Woman Other has more reviews on GoodReads than Ducks, Newburyport

        I think the committee’s love of Atwood combined with their need to say they make book sales figured in their choices. Rushdie just doesn’t need the help of a Booker to sell books anymore.

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  2. “Booker ”

    Okay, the winners sound absolutely dreadful. I won’t say I… enjoyed the original Handmaid’s Tale but I thought it was a credible job at speculative fiction by an author who usually didn’t engage in that (AFAIK). The premise was intriguing at a time evangelicals seemed to be flexing their muscles and the world building was believable enough to suspend disbelief. Probably not what you call art but above average genre fiction.
    The movie made at that time was awful (as I would have expected) and I’ve avoided the TV series because life’s too short for oppression porn (so much of visible and performative modern feminism is oppression porn… blech)
    But one strength of the book was the uncertain nature of the ending which neatly tied off the experience.
    There was absolutely no need whatsoever to go back to that world…

    ” Brexit-wounded polyamorous non-binary social media influencers”

    That’s four things I’m not interested in reading fiction about.

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    1. They had great options to choose from this year. Anybody could have been better than the intersectional polyphonic polyamorous gender-fluid influencers. It even sounds moronic.

      This is a good moment for literature in English. Things are happening. But they have to go and do this. Just think of all the poor innocent students who will have to suffer through the polyphonic influencers. Sheesh.

      And yes, Handmaid’s Tale was fine for its time. But things have clearly gone in the opposite direction. Time to move on and not beat that dead horse.

      Testaments, by the way, is already sold at a large discount in grocery story.

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      1. // This is a good moment for literature in English. Things are happening.

        Wait, have the kind of books I’ve been hoping for appeared at last? I mean, good books describing what Bauman talked about in “Liquid Modernity.”

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        1. Yes, Quichotte and Ducks, Newburyport. Rushdie is not a realist, obviously, but what a great novel. I won’t rest until I convince at least a dozen people to read it.

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