Man Booker 2017 Winner – George Saunders


Congratulations to American author George Saunders who just took home the Man Booker for his first full-length novel, Lincoln in the Bardo!

I read Lincoln in the Bardo earlier this year, and to be honest, I still haven’t quite figured out what to make of it.  It’s one of the most unique things I’ve ever read – Saunders creates a striking fusion of multiple literary styles, resulting in a work that’s part novel, part play, and part poetry – but was the result of this eclectic mix of styles harmony or dissonance?  Personally, I haven’t decided… but the Man Booker panel clearly has, so again, congratulations to George Saunders for wowing the judges with his fascinating and experimental novel.

What did you guys think of Lincoln in the Bardo?  Man Booker worthy?  Let me know what you think!

3 thoughts on “Man Booker 2017 Winner – George Saunders

  1. I too had difficulty expressing my thoughts on this one. My 32 year old son loves this author. I thought maybe it was my age causing my issue with Saunders. Hope this makes sense.

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    • Makes perfect sense! Did you think it was too experimental?

      I really have a hard time putting my finger on what it is about it that didn’t quite work for me… I gave it 4 stars on Goodreads but that was on more of an intellectual level than an emotional one I think. I was really impressed with it stylistically but on a more personal level it sort of left me cold.


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