I am not impressed by books that win prizes and I’d like to think Joseph Pulitzer, Alfred Nobel and Mr Booker would agree with me. When these awards started, I’m sure they the founders had the best of intentions: to recognise and reward the best books and writers.
But it soon got perverted into something else. Today, books are not written with the sole intention of being good. They are written with a thought to impressing book-prize judges. Themes and styles are chosen accordingly. What’s the latest politically correct subject? Read all about it in the latest award-winning novel. [Read more…] about The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao, by Junot Diaz, and A Visit from The Goon Squad by Jennifer Egan