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Re: Nobel Prize for Literature 2017

It's just a prize, it's not the ultimate truth.
When I start to get agitated because X was chosen at the expense of Y, I remind myself that neither Tolstoy, nor Proust, nor Nabokov etc. have won it. So I calm down
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It's just a prize, it's not the ultimate truth.
When I start to get agitated because X was chosen at the expense of Y, I remind myself that neither Tolstoy, nor Proust, nor Nabokov etc. have won it. So I calm down
Absolutely. It's like using youtube popularity as an indicator of quality.
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Mein Kampf is a cracking read.
Only if you are on crack.

I found it rather dull and boring.

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It's just a prize, it's not the ultimate truth.
When I start to get agitated because X was chosen at the expense of Y, I remind myself that neither Tolstoy, nor Proust, nor Nabokov etc. have won it. So I calm down
None of those are fun reads. Good for propping up stuff though.
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Ha ha, good one! I knew that would pop up.

Mein Kampf is a cracking read. Nobel Prize for Herr Schicklgruber, anyone?
Not for Herr Schicklgruber, but certainly for Gunther Grass.
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Not for Herr Schicklgruber, but certainly for Gunther Grass.
That's not very difficult to "predict"!

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Only if you are on crack.

I found it rather dull and boring.

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As did I, and everybody else who ever read it. Literary licence to make my point, Tom!

Also, you left out "turgid". That adjective is compulsory when describing Mein Kampf.
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I loved Tokarszuk's 'Drive Your Plow Over The Bones Of The Dead', eager to read her other works.
I read (and liked) "House of Day, House of Night" and have recently bought "Flights" and "Primeval and Other Times".
I have to say that (most probably) not everyone will like her books. As it is often the case with many award-winning writers, some/a few readers fail to find those highly acclaimed qualities. And that's OK.
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He's honored for his writings, not for his character or political views.
Cannot agree more. It is sad to see how some people are still stuck with the past and cannot get over it. The time has come to move on and celebrate good literature, as Nobel just did.

As I said, the right way for Nobel to restore the glory this prize once had.
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Cannot agree more. It is sad to see how some people are still stuck with the past and cannot get over it. The time has come to move on and celebrate good literature, as Nobel just did.

As I said, the right way for Nobel to restore the glory this prize once had.
That's another good one. You do know why Nobel instituted his annual prizes, don't you?
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That's another good one. You do know why Nobel instituted his annual prizes, don't you?
I do.
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I do.
So do you see a place for voting in good conscience when it comes to Nobel prizes, then?
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So do you see a place for voting in good conscience when it comes to Nobel prizes, then?
No, not really. We could argue the same for the past Nobel prizes (Obama and Ahtisaari, for instance). The bottom line is that it is a private organization and within their prerogative to do with it as they deem appropriate; so no voting by general public is necessary. Again - I am only pleased to see that they are on a good path to restore its glory.
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