#Stella Prize 2019 shortlist Jamie M. Lau
- Well, this ends my reading shortlist #StellaPrize 2019.
- I’ve done my best!
- Unfortunately I cannot purchase
- Little Gods or The Erratics in The Netherlands.
- You can read my review os Axiomatic on Goodreads.
Shortlisted books: 4/6
- Author: Jamie Marina Lau (1997)
- Title: Pink Mountain on Locust Island
- Published: 2018
- Trivia: shortlisted 2019 Stella Prize ($ 50.000 prize!)
- List of Challenges 2019
- Monthly plan
- The novel centers around Monk (15 yr girl)
- Monk lives in Chinatown with her failed-artist-father
- She introduces her new found
- …friend the mysterious Santa Coy to her dad.
- Her father adopts Santa Coy as his artistic disciple.
- The chapters are fragmented
- …and reveal situations Monk observes.
- These vivid and intense vignettes move from
- Chinatown, casinos, music, tv-static, love, hunger and violence.
- Title: chapter ‘Everybody’s Dying in the Summer””
- …pink rock that two amateur pushers gave you isn’t a mountain,
- …it’s a crater.”
Strong point: poetic technique
- Style: poetic
- Clear, concise, and uncluttered style
- … and with a confident voice.
- Lau uses bullet points, snippets of a letter,
- shopping lists, menus, chats and repetitions.
- She gives us an objective description of her world,
- clear straightforward words
- …ending with a simple statements of feeling.
Strong point: dialogue
- Dialogue: without quotation marks
- I noticed how “clean” the text looks without quotes
- and is somehow more immediate.
- Cormac McCarthy once said:
- “…the intent of dialogue without quotations
- ….is to make the reading easier, not harder.
- If you write properly you shouldn’t have to punctuate.”
Strong point: this book introduced me to new music!
- I listened to
- Japanese Jazz Fusion
- Pianist Hiromi Uehara (1979) LISTEN
- Her joy is infectious! She certainly got rhythm!
- You won’t believe your ears!
- Blues with a Latin beat
- Pianist Horace Silver (1928-2014) American jazz pianist LISTEN
- Silver’s break came in 1950, when his trio backed saxophonist Stan Getz.
Strong point: urban vocabulary
- Some expressions absolutely stumped me!
- “Sitting like Ls, our backs against the bed…” = sitting like losers? lost souls??
- Have you ever watched a
- …video of digitized acid trip on internet?
- I have…after reading this book! Eye-opener!
- Unplug: forgetting one’s problems in a Gen Z digitized world
- ” I pack my computer, my xanax.”
Strong point: captures a precise moment of thought.
- Lau writes some profound closing sentences:
- Ch “Aunty Linda”:
- She says: “Would you look away if somebody was
- forcing you to look at their emotions?
- He says: I’m here now aren’t I?”
- Ch “Home Run Ballad”:
- “I try praying for Sadie….
- I ask Aunt Linda how you know it’s working.
- She tells me that nobody knows…
- ..and that’s the best part.”
- Do you want to meet tomorrow’s literary star today?
- Read this bold and adventurous work
- …by Jamie Marina Lau!
- This book falls under the Gen Z label.
- Monk’s character is a
- reflection of a crazy access to visual information.
- Monk’s age perspective is 15 yr.
- She is not defining herself by what she knows.
- She’s just observing.
- Gen Z’ers reading and writing
- …talents are being transformed
- …due to their familiarity with
- …digital devices, platforms and texts.
- Pink Mountain on Locust Island reflects
- ..this transformation by it’s experimental form!
- If you put the ‘out-there’, wierd, brash, disjointed aside
- and read the book to find a few gems of real thought
- then you have done justice to this new rising literary
- star of the Gen Z generation.
- It is not conventional….it may not appeal to everyone
- ….but Jamie Marina Lau impressed this Baby Boomer!
- Perhaps people of Gen Z
- will find the book more appealing than others.
- Gen Z’ers are being taught to consume information
- …in the way Jamie Marina Lau describes it in her book.
- I had no idea how to approach the book.
- Before reading ….I researched all 106 chapter titles!
- Some of the titles made sense after reading the book
- …most did not!
- There are many allusions to food, music and the bible!
- Can it win the Stella Prize?
- Is it too experimental?
- I wonder what #Stella will decide!
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