Man Booker Prize Snubs Kazuo Ishig­uro

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Kazuo Ishig­uro’s The Buried Gi­ant, a tale that uses a back­drop of swords and sor­cery to dis­cuss moral con­flict, has failed to make the longlist for the Man Booker Prize. Ishig­uro’s work had been hotly-tipped for the award due to the au­thor’s own literary weight and the ex­tremely pos­i­tive crit­i­cal re­cep­tion. Sadly, the Man Booker has yet again proven that it is not rel­e­vant to writ­ers, pub­lish­ers or read­ers by pro­duc­ing a longlist of mostly im­pen­e­tra­ble works. Many of these are des­tined to be bought and then left aban­doned, half-read, on the shelf, fur­ther dis­cour­ag­ing the gen­eral public from read­ing. We wish Ishig­uro the best of luck with win­ning an award that ac­tu­ally mat­ters in­stead.

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