Over the past two decades, the Scotiabank Giller Prize has recognized Canada's finest literary talents. Twenty books have been awarded the prestigious award. We wanted to find out from the Canadian public if one book among them stood out as the all-time favourite.
For the past month, we've collected your votes for the Giller of all Gillers. And we now have a champion: the crown goes to Rohinton Mistry's A Fine Balance, which won the Giller Prize in 1995. We present this special graphic by Farhang Ghajar as a tribute to Rohinton Mistry's enduring novel!
A Fine Balance was the clear favourite, picking up 20.13 per cent of total votes. The Top 5 rounds out as follows:
Here's what a few readers had to say about why they picked A Fine Balance above all:
"This is one of those books that has remained with me for years and likely always will. Mistry brought me into the world of and streets of India. He taught me about the true life of ordinary people and the lives of the caste system as well as taught me so much about what I really did not truly know about the political strife at that time. It wasn't just those generalities that hit me, it was how he so eloquently drew me in and brought me into the lives of the characters ..." -- Diane Schuller
"Although I would prefer to vote for a book in a Canadian setting, I would say that A Fine Balance was the most memorable and engrossing book I have ever read. It made me forget about everything else, and I just couldn't put it down. It was also extremely enlightening and transported me into a totally different world, while making me truly care about the characters ..."
-- Linda Halberstadt
"When it comes to books it is hard to compare since apples and oranges are not alike. To me, the greatness of a book is it's impact. It's ability to make me feel, to remember, to question not only through its subject matter but through the way the words work in harmony to convey their meaning with just the right balance of weight, texture and feeling A Fine Balance is surely one of the most powerful books I have read and will forever be a classic in the minds of those who have read it."
-- Tamara Levi
Our sincerethanks to everyone who voted in the Giller of all Gillers contest! And check back soon for more coverage of the 2013 Scotiabank Giller Prize. And congratulations to grand prize winner Nicholas Casaletto, who will receive all 20 past winning books.