Best of the Booker – Salman Rushdie

Just read that Salman Rushdie won the “Best of the Booker” prize last Thursday, which was decided by an online poll.

I haven’t read either of his Booker (winning books — Midnight’s Children or The Satanic Verses — and now I think I will have to finally read one or both of these famous books.

The only other nominees were Pat Barker (The Ghost Road), Peter Carey (Oscar and Lucinda), J.M. Coetzee (Disgrace), J.G. Farrell (The Siege of Krishnapur) and Nadine Gordimer (The Conservationis).

Carey (True History of the Kelly Gang) and Coetzee (Life & Times of Michael K) had each won two Booker Prizes — it is awarded each year to the best novel each year by a writer from Britain, Ireland or a Commonwealth country.

Thoughts on Salmon Rushdie? Particularly on the controversial Satanic Verses?

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