The links below are to articles reporting on the winner of the 2020 International Dylan Thomas Prize – Bryan Washington for ‘Lot.’ The prize is awarded to the best literary work in English written by an author under 40 years of age.
There are too many reasons to list as to why I didn’t like this ‘classic.’ I’ll happily be in the minority and don’t feel any need to go with the flow and rate it highly simply because it is a ‘classic.’ To say I didn’t like it – well, that’s a classic understatement. I hated it. In my view, it is simply rubbish.
I have no time for the racism throughout, but that is not my only criticism. Back in the day it may have been considered great writing, but I don’t see how it could possibly be considered that. Again, I am not back there. Still, I must consider it from my own perspective in this day and age. If it was meant to be funny (and I’ll admit to having a chuckle once or twice), I don’t think it really achieved it. If it was meant to be stupid – well, that it did achieve.