The Man Booker 2008 shortlist is out.
Aravind Adiga – The White Tiger
Sebastian Barry – The Secret Scripture
Amitav Ghosh – Sea of Poppies
Linda Grant – The Clothes on Their Backs
Philip Hensher – The Northern Clemency
Steve Toltz – A Fraction of the Whole
How many of these have I read? Zilch!
Surprisingly, the Booker favorite Salman Rushdie is not on the list! Many first time authors are on the list and two nominations from India! I have read good things about Sea of poppies. Have no idea about The white tiger. Going only by the titles, I am intrigued by The Clothes on their backs. A fraction of the whole sounds so plain. I mean, fraction is a part of whole, isn’t it?
Now that the list is announced, one will see more and more of The white tiger and Sea of poppies on footpaths. As Jeffrey Archer says ‘In India, a book’s popularity can be measured by how soon it appears on roadisdes’.