“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.”
Review: This realist collection of 6 stories really took me by surprise Continue reading
Category: Literary Experimental Fiction
Author: Jessie Greengrass
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
Category: Classics, Historical, Gothic Fiction
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
“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
Category: Contemporary/Literary Fiction
Themes: Family Drama, Parenting, Adoption
Little Fires Everywhere, an incredibly intelligent, almost perfect read.
The reason I say that this book is incredibly intelligent is because you can dissect it, break it down completely, pick up each little piece, examine it separately and reconstruct the story back.
The Snow Child by Eowyn Ivey
Category: Literary Fiction
I remember reading a review online which described this book as ‘a story that has the intricate fragility of a snowflake and the natural honesty of the dirt beneath your feet’. I think that one sentence encapsulates the essence of this book.
Category: Contemporary Fiction
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 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