My Prediction to Win the 2015 Man Booker Prize

man booker prize 2015 blurbAlthough the sentiments of many literary pundits are favoring the American Hanya Yanagihara’s book A Little Life to win the 2015 Man Booker Prize, I predict the winner will be A Brief History of Seven Killings by the Jamaican Marlon James. James novel is a modern epic, seven hundred pages or so, chronicling the turbulent political and social scene of Jamaica in the first two decades of its independence. He writes with passion and power, and the book rises to the realm of great literature.
Yanagihara’s book about the relationships of four friends over several decades almost makes it to that realm but not quite. Of about equal length as A Brief History, A Little Life lacks the drive and energy that is so pervasive in the James novel. Both books are brilliantly written. Both are agonizing and gripping works. Both have memorable characterization. Yet the pace of A Little Life is somewhat off in my opinion, giving the edge to the James novel.
We will find out the winner this coming Tuesday as the announcement will be made in London.

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