A slightly unexpected win for Howard Jacobson’s ‘comic novel’ The Finkler Question was announced at last night’s Man Booker awards dinner at London’s Guildhall. Up to now it had been an unwritten law that a humourous book would never win the Booker. Apparently, Jacobson only just beat Peter Carey’s Olivier and Parrot in America (which could be regarded as unofficial runner up).
As in previous years, the library is acquiring all six books shortlisted for the Man Booker Prize for Fiction.
The Guardian—Howard Jacobson wins Booker prize 2010 for The Finkler Question: Jacobson’s The Finkler Question comes out top in 3-2 vote.
The Independent—Jacobson puts a smile on the face of the Booker: the prestigious literary prize has traditionally spurned comic novels. But not last night.
Daily Telegraph—Man Booker Prize: last laugh for the author thought to be too funny: one of the most vexed questions raised by the Booker prize this year has been the matter of what a novel is.