Archive for the ‘Pulitzer Prize’ Category
I can honestly say that I have not read a book so evocative of place and time since reading anything by Faulkner.
May 27, 2011
Â· Judi Clark Â· No Comments
Tags: Bellevue, Identity, Maine, Memory, Nature Â· Posted in: 2010 Favorites, Contemporary, Debut Novel, End-of-Life, Literary, NE & New York, Pulitzer Prize, y Award Winning Author
Siddhartha Mukherjee’s monumental THE EMPEROR OF ALL MALADIES meticulously outlines the trajectory of cancer (derived from the Greek word “karkinos,” meaning crab) over thousands of years, starting in ancient Egypt. In 2010, seven million people around the world will die of cancer. Many have experienced the horrors of this disease through personal experience. The author provides us with a global view of this “shape-shifting entity [that is] imbued with such metaphorical and political potency that it is often described as the definitive plague of our generation.”
In Jenniferâ€™s Eganâ€™s lively and inventive novel â€“ A VISIT FROM THE GOON SQUAD â€“ each of its characters feels his or her mortality. Each is a in a tenuous danse-a-deux with â€śthe goon.â€ť
Every chapter is told from a different characterâ€™s point of view and it is no accident that the novel starts with Sasha â€“ the assistant of music producer Bennie Salazar, one of the key focal points. Sasha has sticky fingers and is constantly pirating away meaningless objects to compose â€śthe warped core of her life.â€ť These objects serve as talismans, placing her at armâ€™s length from the love she wants.
November 3, 2010
Â· Judi Clark Â· One Comment
Tags: Knopf, Music, Near Future Â· Posted in: 2011 Favorites, Contemporary, Humorous, National Book Critic Circle (NBCC), Pulitzer Prize, Reading Guide, Satire, y Award Winning Author
What is Pulitzer Prize winning THE ROAD by Cormac McCarthy really about? The plot is easily summarised as a man and his young boy moving south on foot through a post-apocalyptic North America towards southern shores, in hope of better chances of survival. The core reasons for the novelâ€™s existence may be a little harder to grasp.
Big-wristed Olive Kitteridge is the imposing, even frightful, over-sized woman at the center of this novel. She lives in a small town on the coast of Maine, where traditionally people keep to themselves, living out lives of granite-like individuality. She trucks no silliness, has little patience for people she does not care for, which is virtually everyone, and has no problem speaking her mind, in fact seems genetically predisposed to it. She is a retired high school math teacher, who, her adult son tells her, was the â€śscariest teacher in the school.â€ť She is one of those individuals you meet and wonder, how does a person get this way?
January 19, 2010
Â· Judi Clark Â· No Comments
Tags: Maine, Married Life, Motherhood, Small Town Â· Posted in: 2009 Favorites, Contemporary, Literary, NE & New York, Pulitzer Prize, Reading Guide, Short Stories, y Award Winning Author