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Man Booker judge says Philip Roth suffocates readers


In the giddy world of book awards, where there’s a winner every week, Philip Roth has been announced as the winner of the Man Booker International Prize, the Bookseller reports. Roth’s the doyen of American fiction and probably has an entire room filled with trophies from the awards he has collected over the years. “Where’s that damn Pulitzer?”

However, not everyone is happy about this latest award for Roth. Carmen Callil, one of the judges of the Man Booker International Prize, says: “He goes on and on and on about the same subject in almost every single book. It’s as though he’s sitting on your face and you can’t breathe.”

Suffocated by Philip Roth. I remember feeling the same way about Thomas Hardy at school, midway through The Return of the Native.

The real issue here is that there are too many book awards and most of them are completely meaningless. The ordinary reader on the street simply does not give hoot about book awards.

By the way, Roth will receive £60,000 (around $97,000).

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