Reading challenge: Conquering the Pulitzer Prize nominees

With a week off work (HURRAY!) and a staycation in sight, I thought about what could I do and a thought flashed through my mind as I recalled one of the biggest news last week in the literary world – the Pulitzer Prize saga.
It is the first time since 1917 that the 18-member board failed to name a winner for the Pulitzer Prize in Fiction from the three finalists that were submitted, citing their inability to reach a majority vote as the main reason for the outcome.

Such move resulted in an outburst in the literary world.

Dailies, magazines and the online world were abuzz with indignant voices. Maureen Corrigan, one of the three members of the Pulitzer jury for fiction, expressed her anguish towards the decision on the Washington Post.

“That terrible news capped what was otherwise the greatest honor of my career as a book critic and professor of literature.”

Other reactions also poured in from esteemed authors such as Ann Patchett, who even suggested five other books on the New York Times as Pulitzer worthy, and opinion editors such as those from the Boston Globe, who wrote:

“The Pulitzer Board does seem to have shamed its own jury by declining to approve any of its finalists, and in turn to have shamed all of American letters, or at least its fiction output over the past year.”

Since I have yet to read of them, it would be unfair for me to comment on the whole incident. But given the emotions that have rallied around the Pulitzer finalists, I fathom that these books should be worth a read.

The three Pulitzer nominees are as follow:
David Foster Wallace – “The Pale King
Denis Johnson – “Train Dreams
Karen Russell – “Swamplandia!

As a self –professed vociferous reader, I will embark on this reading challenge to finish reading all three books in a week and write a review thereafter.

Sounds like a plan? Definitely. See you guys at the end of the week!

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5 thoughts on “Reading challenge: Conquering the Pulitzer Prize nominees

  1. Wow this is incredible! I’ve heard of The Pale King but not the other two. I just wrote a post about summer reading, so I’m definitely going to be adding those titles to list!

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