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Two Civil War Era Novels Long-Listed for Booker Prize

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    There were four novels by Americans that were long-listed.
     
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    I have Whitehead's book in the middle of my pending stack. I'll get to it some day.
     
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    Let us know what you think.
     
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    I will.
     
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    I wanted to look at the list, but the link just didn't work, but I did see some place to shop. l did want to see the list.
     
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    Lincoln in the Bardo has now been shortlisted for the Booker.
     
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    Thanks for post. I didn't know these books. Will look for them.
     
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    I have not read either. Both apparently use fantastic elements in their storytelling. My gf's daughter read Lincoln in the Bardo and said it was very good.
     
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    Since I like my historical fiction as close to actual historical events as possible, I'll probably skip these. On the other hand, my favorite novella of all time is Mark Helprin's Perfection, and I liked Yann Martel's Life of Pi an awful lot... so I'm not completely closed to "magical realism." I'll keep an open mind, and if I see enough positive feedback from fellow CWT'ers, I may check them out.
     
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    Colson Whitehead's The Underground Railroad is mainly based in the 19th century, but it is a fantasy novel that time jumps a little. I found the book very interesting, but it's not a feel-good book by any stretch. A main message of the book is that African Americans, throughout time, have not so much overcome adversity, but have survived in spite of it, with precious few victories and lots of defeats. I don't know if we appreciate, or can appreciate, how hard to was to survive those times. This book helps give that to you, but it is a somber story at best.

    - Alan
     
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    RE Colson Whitehead's The Underground Railroad: the book is based on actual "events" in American history, which some readers will recognize. The fantasy contrivance in the book is that the characters are placed in the middle of these events which the regular laws of time and space would not allow. But the actual scenery and dialogue is rooted in the commonplace.

    The book is not steampunk or any of that, and it doesn't even strike you as a time travel story, although it is. It's more about placing a person or persons in these different times, to explore differences and continuities in the American experience.

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    Thanks for the feedback, Alan.
     

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