Two people fall in love. Kevern doesn't know why his father always drew two fingers across his lips when he said a world starting with a J. Ailinn too has grown up in the dark about where she came from. On their first date Kevern kisses the bruises under her eyes. He doesn't ask who hurt her.
Hanging over the lives of everyone is a past event shrouded in suspicion, now referred to as What Happened, If It Happened.
Howard Jacobson won the Bollinger Everyman Wodehouse award in 2000 for The Mighty Walzer and then again in 2013 for Zoo Time. In 2010 he won the Man Booker Prize for The Finkler Question.
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- Colleen T.
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Totally disappointed in "J". I would love to give a complete and lucid critique, but honestly the book was so boring that I kept zoning out while listening. Anything ... everything ... was more interesting than the listen ... "look, someone is walking down the road" and my mind would wander for 1/2 hour about who he was and why he was walking down a rural country road. The book just failed to hold my attention for any length of time. That said, I did find the "guts" of the book to be original and interesting - but the telling of it failed miserably.
Making my way through the Booker short list ... J was my first.
I found the narration of Kaevan to be stilted ... robotic ... as if it was being read by a person learning to read ... one ... word ... at .... a ... time. Annoying. People may talk like that on occasion to make a point, but not all the time.
As mentioned, I found it to be original in concept.
I hope it does not win the Booker. It is simply not worthy.