Reviews of two award-winning novels of 2013 – Eleanor Catton’s The Luminaries which won the Man Booker Prize, and The Orphan Master’s Son by Adam Johnson which won the Pulitzer Prize for fiction.
1. The Luminaries (Eleanor Catton) – The Luminaries, with 834 pages, is the longest novel (so far) to have won the Booker Prize, and its author, Eleanor Catton, 28 years old, is the youngest ever recipient of the prize. Without having read any of the novels shortlisted for the Booker Prize this year, I’m confident that The Luminaries deserved to win the coveted prize. It is a unique novel that is hard to describe: it is simple, yet complex; straightforward, yet complicated. (Read more).
2. The Orphan Master’s Son (Adam Johnson) – The Orphan Master’s Son (2012) by Adam Johnson is the Pulitzer Prize for Fiction in 2013. I always had an idea that Pulitzer award-winning novels were about American life and culture, yet, a glance at the synopsis of The Orphan Master’s Son will tell you right away that it has nothing to do with American life. I was quite surprised to find out that it is, in fact, about life in North Korea, through the eyes of Pak Jun Do, the novel’s protagonist. (Read more).