Dark Booker Thoughts

Saturday September 15, 2007 in books | reviews

Although I’m only about 100 pages into Nicola Barker’s Darkmans I’m enjoying the ride immensely. And, at over 800 pages, it’s going to be a long one. But it’s already shaping into a very readable and satisfyingly strange novel.

Darkmans is 5/1 to win this year’s Booker Prize. Ian McEwan’s On Chesil Beach is 3/1, and although it’s a book I really enjoyed – and although McEwan is a writer I love and respect – I would really really like Barker to win.

I like a book to challenge, I like it to provoke and I like a book to be – sometimes – unusual. So far Darkmans is pushing all the right buttons…

I’m getting curious about this one — it sounds … strange, in a good way.

Dorothy W.    Sunday September 16, 2007   

I’m with Dorothy on the curiosity bit – sounds like a very interesting read. Please tell more as you continue to work through it!

verbivore    Tuesday September 18, 2007   

I’m now a bit further in and it certainly is an interesting, strange and oddly compelling read – often uncomfortably. I’m not sure where it’s all going or if it’s going anywhere – but I want to keep reading.

It’s extremely well written and its cleverness reminds me of David Mitchell – nominated for Booker a couple of years ago for Cloud Atlas.

I promise a full review when I’m done!

The Book Tower    Tuesday September 18, 2007   

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