I just finished reading "Disgrace" by J.M. Coetzee. It was alright. But it made me wonder how many Booker Prize winners I have read. Thanks to Wikipedia, now I know. Thanks to my blog, now you know too. Hooray! Maybe if they ever give one out for kick-ass blogs. I’ll freaking win one. That would be rad.
Oryx and Crake by Margaret Atwood (shortlisted in 2003)
Life of Pi by Yann Martel (winner in 2002)
Unless by Carol Shields (shortlisted in 2002)
The Blind Assassin by Margaret Atwood (winner in 2000)
Disgrace by JM Coetzee (winner in 1999)
Alias Grace by Margaret Atwood (shortlisted in 1996)
Paddy Clarke Ha Ha Ha by Roddy Doyle (winner in 1993)
The Stone Diaries by Carol Shields (shortlisted in 1993)
The English Patient by Michael Ondaatje (winner in 1992)
The Van by Roddy Doyle (shortlisted in 1991)
The Satanic Verses by Salman Rushdie (shortlisted in 1988)
The Handmaid’s Tale by Margaret Atwood (shortlisted in 1986)
The authors in red are Canadian… that makes me proud. Just for you, Brendan, I indicated the one Irish guy I recognized in green. There were other Canucks on the list – but I hadn’t read those particular books. I think my university degree had a lot to do with which books I have read on this list… even though I only read three of these in class (Alias Grace, The Stone Diaries, and The Handmaid’s Tale).