Rooster crows at the break of dawn.


Oyez oyez oyez, the big Tournament of Books contest.  The prize?  A genuine rooster.  Those not tapped by the judges will remain on the floor.  Let’s go:

The White Tiger, Aravind Adiga

2666, Roberto Bolano

A Partisan’s Daughter, Louis de Bernieres

The Northern Clemency, Philip Hensher

The Lazarus Project, Alexander Hemon

My Revolutions, Hari Kunzru

Unaccustomed Earth, Jhumpa Lahiri

The Disreputable History of Frankie Landau-Banks, E. Lockhart

Shadow Country, Peter Matthiessen

The Dart League King, Keith Morris

A Mercy, Toni Morrison

Steer Towards Rock, Fae Myenne Ng

Netherland, Joseph O’Neill

City of Refuge, Tom Piazza

Home, Marilynne Robinson

Harry, Revised, Mark Sarvas

Coudal is taking wagers, and raising money to support kids’ literacy in the process.  I have to admit, I’m not as familiar with this year’s contenders as in previous years.  2666 is the Cloud Atlas of Oscar Wao in the room, no doubt; the stink that was raised over The Savage Detectives being eliminated, it drifted all the way up to Maine.

Still, though: Robinson’s got a left hook that could drop a moose.

If Sarvas wins – and he well could – I’ll have to dress for the occasion.  You’d better hope he doesn’t win.

Okay: I’m going to throw my lot in with The Dart League King; despite being only halfway through it, and 100 ways it could go wrong before it ends, I’m enjoying it quite a lot.  It deserves the attention.  And it’s the only indie publisher on the list (so I’m told).  That’s gotta count for something.

(If you’re interested in buying any of these, Powell’s has them on sale in deference to The Rooster.)


2 Replies to “Rooster crows at the break of dawn.”

  1. Cock-a-doodle-doo!

    Now THIS is a list I can get behind. I’m backing Bolano. Sure, he casts a very long shadow, but given his ToB history, should he be considered a favorite or an underdog? I can see him losing early in the tourney. “2666” isn’t exactly accessible or easy to digest. I haven’t picked it up in a couple of weeks; I got sucked in by “The Savage Detectives.”

    Still, I’m hoping the judges this year can make up for past wrongs.

  2. The real question is this: Will some judge throw a hissy fit over an early round of Sarvas beating out Bolano (that incidentally has nothing to do with what the judge is looking at?), only to result in a protracted war of words by the commentators and a clash of trivial egotists in some litblog’s comments section over an issue that is infinitely less important than the current crisis in Gaza?

    One thing is certain: heads are needlessly large in Los Angeles and the rooster seems guided by Schadenfreude.

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