Julian Barnes' short novel Sense of an Ending has won the 2011 Man Booker Prize. Has anyone read this? Does anyone plan to? The Man Booker has not been good to me lately (with its emphasis on "readability" rather than "high quality" and that's why there's a competing prize now), and I've been hitting about 50% with the Pulitzers (I have still not read A Visit From the Goon Squad though Yat-Yee Chong says it's fine and who am I to argue with Ms Chong so I have to pick up a copy soon).
But, this novel looks interesting in a postmodern unreliable narrator sort of way and Mighty Reader plans to read it so there it will be, sitting innocently in my house, right?
For readers of genre fiction, I wonder: do prize-winning books get your attention much? Does "Edgar Winner" or "Hugo Winner" or whatever make you pause and push you toward parting with some hard-earned cash?