For the second year in a row, the American website The Morning News has assembled a group of book reviewers and commentators to whittle a list of 16 notable books from 2005 down to one final winner, by pitting the books against each other two at a time. The bad news is that David Bergen’s The Time in Between, the sole Canadian contender, was eliminated in the very first entry in the tournament, losing to Nicole Krauss’s The History of Love. (The worse news is that the critique in question was self-indulgent and pointless, but hey, things can only get better from there.)
Anyway, so far Jonathan Safran Foer’s Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close and Kazuo Ishiguro’s Never Let Me Go have also advanced to the next round along with Krauss. (Foer and Krauss are spouses, incidentally and coincidentally.) Go Ish!
On an unrelated Morning News note, the site also has an interview with Canadian author Alberto Manguel, who, and you may not know this, knew Jorge Luis Borges.
Click here for the Tournament of Books site
Click here for the first installment, in which Bergen is eliminated
Click here for the Alberto Manguel interview