Not for the first time, we apologize for the delay in announcement. We knew full well that the slated end of our A Clockwork Orange discussion was a couple of days ago. We should have announced the theme and the candidates for our next round by then, but something came up while Zet, Carina, and I, having picked a new theme, were in the process of choosing which titles to put up for voting. That something was this, the Man Booker Prize 2010 Longlist.
We perused the impressive list and, after much cajoling involving a positive review by the Dave Eggers and a sort of report on the relative accessibility of the longlisted books, we decided to suspend voting by Read Hard! members and we instead unanimously voted for David Mitchell’s The Thousand Autumns of Jacob de Zoet (click for synopsis and author bio) to be the fifth Read Hard! Book Club selection.
We hope you don’t mind our taking matters into our own hands, so to speak. After hearing a lot of good things about Mitchell’s latest novel, we’ve grown confident that it will make for a great read and that you’ll end up thanking us for recommending it. Hah! So, please grab a copy of the book, available in both hardcover and trade paperback editions, and join us as we spend the first three weeks of August—that’s from Sunday, August 1, to Saturday, August 21—reading and discussing The Thousand Autumns of Jacob de Zoet.