Today’s contest offers our readers a chance to win Howard Jacobson’s 2010 Booker Prize-winning novel, The Finkler Question.
This humorous novel about Jewish life in the U.K. was a bit of a dark horse contender, but the judges chose it 3-2. Interested? Here are the opening lines:
He should have seen it coming.
His life had been one mishap after another. So he should have been prepared for this one.
He was a man who saw things coming. Not shadowy premonitions before and after sleep, but real and present dangers in the daylit world. Lamp posts and trees reared up at him, splintering his shins. Speeding cars lost control and rode on to the footpath leaving him lying in a pile of torn tissue and mangled bones. Sharp objects dropped from scaffolding and pierced his skull.
Women worst of all. When a woman of the sort Julian Treslove found beautiful crossed his path it wasn’t his body that took the force but his mind. She shattered his calm.
True, he had no calm, but she shattered whatever calm there was to look forward to in the future. She was the future.
To enter the contest, leave a comment telling us about your favorite comic novel by Friday, October 22. Good luck!