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Tuesday, September 9, 2008

Curried Books

posted by on September 9 at 14:00 PM

John Sutherland, who famously swore that he would curry and eat his copy of Salman Rushdie’s The Enchantress of Florence if it did not win this year’s Booker Prize, is going back on his pledge. The book was not even shortlisted. He says:

Particularly interesting for me, I should add, since I vowed - publicly - to curry and eat my proof copy of The Enchantress of Florence if it didn’t win. It won’t. And I won’t. So there.

I might manage a custard pie on October 10, though.

You will note that I have not vowed to consume any books in my tenure as The Stranger’s books editor. This is why.

For those interested, this year’s Booker shortlist is as follows:

Aravind Adiga, The White Tiger

Sebastian Barry, The Secret Scripture

Amtiv Ghosh, Sea of Poppies

Linda Grant, The Clothes on Their Backs

Philip Hensher, The Northern Clemency

Steve Toltz, A Fraction of the Whole

I’m a little ashamed to admit I haven’t read any of these, although I love Amitav Ghosh and I like Sebastian Barry. In my defense, many of them aren’t available over here yet.

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1 has a podcast with Linda Grant in which she talks about her book. It's a very interesting conversation,

Posted by Sara Ivry | September 9, 2008 2:28 PM

I'll pretty much read anything off the Booker prize shortlist. I haven't read any of those either though, but I did read Northline based on your recommendation. I loved it. It was uncomfortable reading, but in the Q&A with Willy Vlatutin at the end, it sounded like it wasn't easy to write either.

Posted by left coast | September 9, 2008 3:20 PM

I thought that said Sea of Puppies and was extremely disappointed upon closer inspection.

Posted by Chris in Tampa | September 9, 2008 3:25 PM

Fuckin' pussy, now who's gonna miss out on 368 pages of curried joy.

Like my old grand daddy used to say, "The less a man makes declarative statements, the less apt he is to look foolish in retrospect."

Posted by Super Jesse | September 9, 2008 3:57 PM

Did your grand daddy really used to say that? Because that's awesome.

Posted by Paul Constant | September 9, 2008 5:22 PM

not really, it's a quote from a tarantino movie

Posted by Super Jesse | September 9, 2008 7:47 PM

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