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Old 9th Jan 2007, 18:16   #11
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Right, Jim.
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Old 10th Jan 2007, 16:24   #12
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Have been correctly identified: 1, 3, 4, 8 & 9 [get yer spoilers off, JS], and jim found number 10.

Clues for the others:

2 An author whose novels have subsequently been shortlisted five times for the Booker.

5 By a writer one of whose other novels is considered by both me and a member of the Palimpsest admin team to be the best English novel ever. And we've both said so recently.

6 This novel was recently shortlisted for the Booker. Not exactly a "boy meets girl" novel...

7 This writer won the Pulitzer for a subsequent work of subtly connected narratives. Made into a film too.
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2 - an early Margaret Atwood? Lady Oracle, perhaps? Or Life After Man, or one of those?

5 - George Eliot?

6 I know because I googled the name...
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Old 10th Jan 2007, 17:11   #14
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2 - an early Margaret Atwood? Lady Oracle, perhaps? Or Life After Man, or one of those?

5 - George Eliot?

6 I know because I googled the name...
2 Yes, one of those hysterical wimmin's books... All the same, aren't they?
5 Yes - but what?
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Old 10th Jan 2007, 17:26   #15
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5. I'll guess at Daniel Deronda although it doesn't ring any bells at all. It doesn't sound like Silas Marner or The Mill on the Floss and I'm hoping you wouldn't be mean enough to give us any of her others which I couldn't even name.
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Good guess, Jim. DD it is.

01 Michael Ondaatje, The English Patient
02 Margaret Atwood, Lady Oracle (or one of those... )
03 Jay McInerney, Bright Lights, Big City
04 Donna Tartt, The Secret History
05 George Eliot, Daniel Deronda
06 Sarah Waters, Fingersmith
07 Michael Cunningham, A Home at the End of the World
08 John Banville, The Book of Evidence
09 Toni Morrison, Beloved
10 Henry Fielding, Tom Jones
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2 Yes, one of those hysterical wimmin's books... All the same, aren't they?
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02 Margaret Atwood, Lady Oracle (or one of those... )
Good lord, JfP - anyone would think you were just bustin' to make a point or have a dig about something ... or someone. Now just who on earth could that be, do you suppose?
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Did I overdo it... sorry if so...
I just threw a minor wobbly at the mere suggestion of Atwood's novels, even the earlier ones, being interchangeable. Now if it had been Anita Brookner...
Seriously, JS (always supposing it was he that I etc.), The Edible Woman is seriously funny, if slightly wimminy.
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Now if it had been Anita Brookner...
... then probably, like me, you'd find yourself yawning at the mere mention of her name! Beautiful, beautiful sentence structure; grammatically flawless, technically perfect prose; measured, metered, meticulous phrasing .... and if the one I read is anything to go by - a narrative and dialogue with all the life and verve of a week-old corpse.
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Beautiful, beautiful sentence structure; grammatically flawless, technically perfect prose; measured, metered, meticulous phrasing .... and if the one I read is anything to go by - a narrative and dialogue with all the life and verve of a week-old corpse.
Yes, that's Anita Brookner... I've read a number, but they are noticeably and turgidly all the same... But I still go for the language.
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