Barnes Wins Booker

Julian Barnes has won the £50,000 (US$78,284) Man Booker Prize for The Sense of an Ending.

Claire Armitstead, the Guardian's literary editor, observed: "At just 150 pages, in two elegantly counterpointed sections, it is one of the shortest-ever winners of a major prize for the novel.... But what it lacks in length it makes up for in depth of philosophical inquiry about memory and the shakiness of the personal identity formed by it.... "

This year's Man Booker Prize shortlist also included Jamrach's Menagerie by Carol Birch, The Sisters Brothers by Patrick deWitt, Half Blood Blues by Esi Edugyan, Pigeon English by Stephen Kelman and Snowdrops by A.D. Miller. 

[excerpted from Shelf Awareness]

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