A 1,000-page monologue makes it to Booker shortlist
By Asiaville Desk • 29/07/2019 at 5:55AM
The book Ducks, Newburyport by Lucy Ellmann is a monologue by an Ohio housewife about the dark side of Trump's America. It has been described as stream of consciousness style unfettered by paragraphs or full stops
The Booker Prize is one of the coveted awards in the English-speaking world. This year, 13 works for the 2019 Booker Prize have been shortlisted. Among those shortlisted is the book Ducks, Newburyport, by Lucy Ellman. It is an extraordinary work.
A thousand pages plus
Lucy Ellman is an Anglo-American novelist living in Scotland. She is the author of Sweet Desserts (1988), Varying Degrees of Hopelessness (1991), Man or Mango? A Lament -1999, Dot in the Universe (2003), Doctors & Nurses -2006 and Mimi-2013.
The reason why Ellman has been shortlisted for this year's Booker Prize is because of a style that defies traditional writing.
About the book, The Telegraph newspaper wrote, "It's a housewife's self-talk about the dark side of Trump's America, from the dinner party menu." This 'self-talk' is one long sentence [well, almost. The Guardian describes it as 8 near-endless sentences] over 1,000 plus pages. Other works on the shortlist
The works of Canadian writers Margaret Atwood, Kevin Barry, Oyinkan Braithwaite, Bernadine Evaristo, Deborah Levy and British Indian novelist Salman Rushdie are also in the running. Of the 151 novels, a short list of 13 has been made [the so-called Booker dozen. Eight of the works are by women writers, reports said. Last year's Booker Prize winner was Anna Burns' Milkman.
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