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Don't bet on Bob Dylan to take the 2012 Nobel Prize in Literature, to be announced Thursday, but lots of people are doing just that

 
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Don't bet on Bob Dylan to take the 2012 Nobel Prize in Literature, to be announced Thursday, but lots of people are doing just that
Next to the Nobel Prize for peace, the award for literature lends itself to the most speculation. Bookies are turning a buck on book fans' best guess upon whom the Swedish Academy will bestow its literary laurels.
Betting on authors like race horses is not odd, because they are better known to a broader audience than the chemists, physicists and medical researchers, who received prizes this earlier this week. Their work is reviewed by critics in newspapers and magazines and is sold to the reading public.
(The peace prize, on Friday, has lent itself to a similar guessing game. The top pick at betting outfit Unibet is Coptic nun Maggie Gobran)
'F' student now Nobel prize winner Cell discovery earns Nobel Prize
For literature, Japanese author Haruki Murakami, with odds of 6/4, tops the Ladbrokes list. Murakami's most recent novel, "1Q84," was a top seller about a woman who slips into an alternate reality.
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A top American contender on the bookmaker's list is "Everyman" author Philip Roth with odds of 16/1, but he is topped by an unlikely countryman: singer/song writer Bob Dylan who the bookmaker gives 10/1 odds.
Another name close to the top is that of Canadian author Alice Munro, with 8/1 odds, leaving her tied for fourth place.
Cultural columnists in the Swedish press have created their own literary race, parlaying some of the same names.
The Svenska Dagbladet newspaper polled 10 book critics from around the world, asking them who they feel deserves the prize.
Munro was a favorite.
The newspaper also offered its take on the bookmakers' odds, panning the idea of Bob Dylan as too out-of-the-box even for the most out-of-the-box thinkers at the Royal Academy.
Swedish broadcaster SVT has speculated on a Murakami win.
The prize, awarded 104 times, has historically gone to European men, a quarter of them writing in English -- a language many educated Swedes are proficient in.

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Re: Don't bet on Bob Dylan to take the 2012 Nobel Prize in Literature, to be announced Thursday, but lots of people are doing just that
you'll never know, afterall Obama got one too before he even could do anything
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Re: Don't bet on Bob Dylan to take the 2012 Nobel Prize in Literature, to be announced Thursday, but lots of people are doing just that
you'll never know, afterall Obama got one too before he even could do anything
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Obama's Nobel Farce? The president has done nothing to deserve the peace prize? The prize “seemed a kind of prayer and encouragement by the Nobel committee for future endeavor and more consensual American leadership,” Steven Erlanger and Sheryl Gay Stolberg wrote in The New York Times .
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Re: Don't bet on Bob Dylan to take the 2012 Nobel Prize in Literature, to be announced Thursday, but lots of people are doing just that
you'll never know, afterall Obama got one too before he even could do anything
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"Al got one !,I want one two!!!"
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