ONE FOR THE BOOKER

No­table win­ners this decade

India Today - - LEISURE -

THE SENSE OF AN END­ING (2011)

Ju­lian Barnes JONATHAN CAPE `399; 160 pages

This slim novel packed more sur­prises than the largest of tomes. Os­ten­si­bly a book about the capri­cious­ness of mem­ory, the book cap­tures bril­liantly the hunger of late ado­les­cence.

NAR­ROW ROAD TO THE DEEP NORTH (2014)

Richard Flana­gan `399; 464 pages

By jux­ta­pos­ing the de­spair of a Ja­panese PoW camp with the for­bid­den de­lights of an ex­tra-mar­i­tal affair, the book was a mar­vel­lous med­i­ta­tion on death and a mas­ter­ful com­ment on love.

LIN­COLN IN THE BARDO (2017)

George Saunders `599; 368 pages

Af­ter Paul Beatty, Saunders was the sec­ond con­sec­u­tive Amer­i­can to have won the Booker. Though there were shouts of a takeover, no one could dis­miss the brilliance of this novel.

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