Thursday, October 16, 2008

Man Booker Prize and the Pinoy Contenders

A 33-year old Indian journalist wins the 40th Man Booker Prize for his debut novel, The White Tiger. Great, now the four Filipinos shortlisted in the Man Booker Asia Prize get a winning chance because:
a) an Indian sweep would not bode well for British, American and Canadian literatures
b) India and Philippines fared terribly in the last Olympics. This is their consolation.
c) Filipinos don't read books. They winning in this prestigious thing could shake things up. (Asa ka pa, si Bob Ong nga hirap na hirap na silang intindihin)
d) Arivand Atiga is only 33 years old. Three of the Pinoy longlist shortlisters are as young. Sorry, Krip
e) selection is made through texting


Anonymous volume-addict said...

Pardon the ignorance, but what is the appeal of Bob Ong anyway? Honestly, I'm curious about this.

12:55 PM  
Blogger frank cimatu said...

Bob Ong is popular with the young readers. He is swak na swak with their intellect. and also the packaging of his ehem books is as small and cute as their IQ. Bob Ong (he was said to be the Bobong Pinoy in some earlier blogs) tried to do serious fiction in his new ehem book Macarthur but he failed miserably and even some of his avid readers told me so.

12:59 PM  
Blogger Luis K. said...

"also the packaging of his ehem books is as small and cute as their IQ"

Very funny Frank ;)

I was rummaging through the sale racks at National Bookstore Megamall last Sunday when I overheard a conversation between two young women. One of them said that she could never find any books that she liked. The other asked, So you never finish your books? The first one answered, Yes -- except for the Bob Ong ones, those are good.

Still, at least they're reading books ;)

5:59 PM  

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