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Jacobson’s ‘Finkler’ Makes Man Booker Shortlist

‘British Philip Roth’ is the 8:1 underdog

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Howard Jacobson.(Guardian)

Congratulations to novelist Howard Jacobson, who after several appearances on Britain’s prestigious Man Booker Prize longlist made his first appearance on the shortlist today, along with five other novels. His The Finkler Question joins novels by Peter Carey (who could be the first three-time Man Booker winner), Emma Donoghue, Damon Galgut, Tom McCarthy, and Andrea Levy. Levy, who was nominated for The Long Song, is of Jamaican-Scots-Jewish descent (whence her last name). While we wish her the best, since Jacobson has been a Vox Tablet guest, he is Tablet Magazine’s official Man Booker candidate.

And he’s the shortlist longshot! British bookies, for whom the Man Booker is basically the Super Bowl, have fixed him at 8:1 odds, as opposed McCarthy, the favorite at 2:1; Donoghue and Galgut at 3:1; Carey at 5:1; and Levy at 7:1. Winner is announced October 12. You know you don’t want to miss that octupled payday.

Man Booker Prize Shortlist Announced [Independent]
Related: The Solipsist [Tablet Magazine]
Earlier: Jacobson’s Novel Longlisted

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shriber says:

Jacobson is a great writer, but he won’t win. The British are allergic to British Jewish writers.

Many of their playwrights are Jewish – Michael Frayn (Noises Off, Copenhagen), Harold Pinter and Tom Stoppard.

shriber says:

Michael Frayn is Jewish? That is news to me.

Tom Stoppard also has denied being Jewish.

Harold Pinter, on the other hand, is a Jew only to non Jews.

Jacobson, on the other hand, is a proud Jew.

Which is why he will not win.

mintonmedia says:

Erm…sorry, Shriber. He won. (So much for the kind of heavy pontification so typical on the web.)

Nice read, I just passed this onto a friend who was doing a little research on that. And he actually bought me lunch as I found it for him smile Therefore let me rephrase that: Thanks for lunch!

cats paw – To be labeled a cats paw means someone has taken advantage of you and you weren’t smart enough to catch on.

Lao Tzu~ He who knows enough is enough will always have enough.

I assume from your site time after time and I just thought I’d pronounce jail up the fitting creation!


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