Sunday, January 30, 2011

2010 Battle of the Prizes, American Version: Wrap-Up Post


The 2010 Battle of the Prizes, American Version, ends on January 31, 2011.  The 2011 challenge starts February 1.

Thanks to everyone who participated! I hope you sign up for the 2011 challenge.

This challenge pitted winners of the Pulitzer Prize for fiction against the winners of the National Book Award in the American Version of the Battle of the Prizes.

Participants could read three books or four -- either one Pulitzer winner, one National winner, and one that won both prizes; or two Pulitzer and two National winners.

In theory, the idea was to compare the prizes and the winners, but in practice (at least for me), the point was to read, and hopefully enjoy, three or four books and then scratch them off my lists.


PARTICIPANTS

Rose City Reader
chaotic compendiums (read her wrap-up post here)
Musings 
Oh, So Many Manias . . . 
Joy's Blog
Book In Hand
ExUrbanis 
100 Books. 100 Journeys
J.G. at Hotch Pot Cafe (read her wrap-up post here)
Remember to Breathe  (read her wrap-up post here)
Book Psmith
Man of La Book

REVIEWS

Reviews were strongly encouraged, but not mandatory.  Good thing there was that loophole, because I failed to review one of my own Pulitzer picks, The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao by Junot Díaz.

Here are the reviews, in the order submitted:

Morte d'Urban by J. F. Powers on Musings 

World's Fair by E. L. Doctorow on chaotic compendiums

Angle of Repose by Wallace Stegner on 100 Books. 100 Journeys 

The Adventures of Augie March on 100 Books. 100 Journeys 

Lonesome Dove on chaotic compendiums 

Breathing Lessons on Book Psmith

Gilead by Marilynne Robinson on Musings

The Color Purple by Alice Walker on chaotic compendiums

Let the Great World Spin by Colum McCann on Musings

The Color Purple by Alice Walker on 100 Books. 100 Journeys

Tinkers by Paul Harding on Musings

The Amazing Adventures of Kavalier & Clay by Michael Chabon on Man of La Book

The Collected Stories of Katherine Anne Porter on Hotchpot Cafe

The Optimist's Daughter on Hotchpot Cafe

Let the Great World Spin by Colum McCann on Man of La Book

Let the Great World Spin by Colum McCann here on Rose City Reader

Olive Kitteridge by Elizabeth Strout here on Rose City Reader

Lord of Misrule by Jaimy Gordon here on Rose City Reader

Tinkers by Paul Harding on Joy's Blog

The Shipping News by Annie Proulx on Book in Hand

Herzog by Saul Bellow on Book in Hand

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