October 10, 2006
I remember the time Charles Fraizer’s ‘Cold Mountain’ beat out Don Delilo’s ‘Underworld’. A first time debut novel beat out the literary Giant.
This year a daughter beat out her mother. It is the second Indian Writer I recall. The other is ‘God of Small Things’.
One of my favorite books ‘The English Patient’ by Michael Ondaatje won some time ago. The author is part Indian.
“Born to a wealthy, Westernized secular family of industrialists in Istanbul in 1952, Mr. Pamuk considered being an artist and trained as an architect. But he defied family pressures, quit architecture school and became instead a full-time writer, publishing his first novel, “Cevdet Bey and His Sons,” about three generations of a Turkish family, in 1982.” – New York Times.
This is a second architect turn author which won a literary prize. the other is the author of ‘God of Small Thing’.