Pulitzer Prize 2015 – announced today 20th April

Last year the goose with the genuinely golden egg was “The Goldfinch”; just today the American prize has gone to Anthony Doerr for the greatly acclaimed “All The Light We Cannot See”, set in World War II and moving from Paris to Saint-Malo – undoubtedly, latest preferred pick for book groups around the globe. Now it’s definitely moved to the top of my pile. UPDATE : FINISHED 10/05/15 – rating, 10/10.

The other finalists nominated but only revealed tonight are :

Richard Ford for “Let Me Be Frank with You”, set in the aftermath of Hurricane Sandy, Laila Lalami for “The Moor’s Account”, stepping into 16th Century conquistador territory, and a series of short stories from Joyce Carol Oates, called “Lovely, Dark, Deep”.

If you have a moment, have a listen to a very interesting 3-minute interview with the author on his blog, where Anthony Doerr explains that he wanted to “capture the magic of (radio and) hearing the voice of a stranger in a little device in your home”, which we all take so much for granted in this day and age.

Plenty to keep us going on the fictional front then.  The author of the brilliant “Cutting for Stone”, Abraham Verghese, calls this book “a jewel of a story” that is put together “like a vintage timepiece”.

Sounds like a case of ‘what’s not to love’?

Image taken from here.
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8 Responses to Pulitzer Prize 2015 – announced today 20th April

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  2. Kay says:

    Strange – I see richard ford was nominated – I have just loaded a richard ford book called canada on my Kindle as it seems to be mentioned most by those who know has work . The winners book looks inviting .

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  3. Hi Kay, you are always one step ahead! Love this. Let me know if you like “Canada” – checked this morning and transpires that this new book is the third in a trilogy about one Frank Bascomb, after “The Sportswriter” and “Independence Day” – which also got the Pulitzer back in 1996. Seems to be a case of love ’em or … not at all … To be continued. Nx

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  4. Julie says:

    The winning book sounds very appealing and as everyone I know loved Abraham Verghese’s CUTTING FOR STONE and he calls it “a jewel of a story”, I feel it must go on my list! Look forward to reading your review of it.

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  5. Hi Julie, as soon as I saw his comment felt the same way as you do. We were all unanimous about “Cutting for Stone”, and I would quite like to read his book “The Tennis Partner” too. Yet more for the Wish List. Nx

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  6. susan says:

    Hello Nicole, A negative comment from me! I am quite surprised that this book has won the Pulitzer, after the genius of ‘The Goldfinch’ was recognised last year. It is a nice enough story, nicely told, but the characters are to my mind stereotypical especially the nasty Nazis and the good Nazis. There are some moments of beauty and sense of place but it did not challenge or move forward the art of making a novel for me.

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  7. Hi Susan, gosh that is interesting – I read a couple of chapters a while back and found the very beginning quite ‘bitty’ but will now start again – thanks for your comment and am now really intrigued to read the book… Nx

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    • susan says:

      Yes it has the device of short chapters of alternating characters if I remember correctly, I did enjoy the book just don’t think it warrants the award. see you soon! (I did like the paris street model that features around Jardin des plantes, in the book)

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