Bobcat and Other Stories by Rebecca Lee

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“If you have ever felt that the table at which you sit contains everything and everybody that matters to you, like a little boat, then you know how I felt. It doesn’t feel secure at all, but rather a little tipsy. It is unnerving to love a single place so much. There are no anchors to the world outside, the cities in the distance, the country around you. There is just this: the six of you afloat so happily in the temporary day.”

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Sight by Jessie Greengrass

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Author: Jessie Greengrass
Rating: 4/5

I struggle to write a review that adequately captures the complexity of this 193 page book. Sight, very simplistically, is a pregnant woman’s ambivalence towards motherhood rising from her own unconventional upbringing. It slides seamlessly between the narrator’s life and the lives of historical figures responsible for the discovery of X-rays, the emergence of psychoanalysis and the birth of modern surgery for reasons that gradually become apparent. Continue reading

Rebecca by Daphne du Maurier

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Rating: 5/5
Cultural: UK
Author: Daphne du Maurier

What could I possibly say that hasn’t already been said? Rebecca is a book that doesn’t really need a review. So, very simply put, my three word review: I loved it.

Having read Rebecca, you cannot not picture Manderley, its coastal cliffs & waters, the white azaleas in the Happy Valley, the battalion of lush, blood-red rhododendrons; its serene, yet fierce & restrained beauty. Continue reading

Intense, heartbreaking reads

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“Is it true that human beings are fundamentally cruel? Is the experience of cruelty the only thing we share as a species? Is the dignity that we cling to nothing but self-delusion, masking from ourselves the single truth: that each one of us is capable of being reduced to an insect, a ravening beast, a lump of meat? To be degraded, slaughtered – is this the essential of humankind, one which history has confirmed as inevitable?” – Han Kang, Human Acts

 

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Americanah by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie

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Rating: 3/5
Author: Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie

I was so certain that this would be a 5 star read, but felt rather let down overall.

Starting with the positives, I think it’s safe to say that Chimamanda can be considered an authority when it comes to topics on race, identity & immigration. Her observations were completely brilliant, moving, honest and really thought provoking. Continue reading

Station Eleven by Emily St.John Mandel

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAStation Eleven follows the interconnected lives of 5 key characters pre and post the Georgian Flu epidemic which wipes out more than 99% of the world’s population. A key element of the story follows the Travelling Symphony, a group of performing theatre artists and musicians re-enacting Shakespeare’s plays to the remaining bands of survivors & scanty civilizations scattered across North America, 15 to 20 years after the collapse. Continue reading