Day: May 16, 2011

The Known World – Edward P. Jones

Date Started: May 15, 2011. 4 AM. My room. The worst idea for a slightly insomniac person to do when trying to get some sleep is to crack a book open in the hopes that it will help him fall asleep, particularly a book that is acclaimed critically. I just did that, and had it not been for the oppressive summer heat, I would have gone on reading without having a wink. I have very high expectations of this book. It won a grand slam, snatching the Pulitzer/Booker, NBCC, and International IMPAC awards. Well, that is my definition of a grand slam because these four award-giving bodies in literature are the ones that I think have the highest distinction. And just so you know, it’s not possible to win both the Pulitzer and the Booker. Anyway, I don’t think there is no other book that was able to achieve this slam except for this one. And oh, my expectations are met, and I am not halfway through it yet. Advertisements