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Friday, September 21, 2007

Why Arundhati Roy Hasn't Written Another Novel

"I found the [Man Booker] shortlist very strange and very surprising. I haven't read any of them apart from Ian McEwan's On Chesil Beach and that was more of a novella than a novel. Perhaps the books they picked are actually very good so I'm trying to look on the bright side. Still, I think it's a big problem when they give the prize to a first-time novelist because it's such a prestigious prize to give away. Just look at Arundhati Roy and The God of Small Things - she hasn't written anything since she won the prize; it finished her."

- Mariella Frostrup, former Booker judge and BBC radio presenter.


  • Frostrup may have a point there - Booker has been a very prestigious award in the past - but lately it has gone to books like 'The Sea' and 'Vernon God Little' - better than average books but hardly comparable to the likes of 'The Conservationist' or 'Midnight's Children'

    By Blogger Madhuri, at 12:19 PM  

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