Goodreads Winners Are In: Who were my favourites for 2018?
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Goodreads Winners Are In: Who were my favourites for 2018?


The wait is over! Goodreads has announced its winners for 2018, which also marks the ten-year anniversary of the book awards. Readers get the chance to vote for their favourite books based on different popular categories like fiction, sci-fi, and Romance. It is basically the Oscars for books. This year, Goodreads recorded over five million … Continue reading

“The Embalmer”: an exploration of our complicated relationship with death
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“The Embalmer”: an exploration of our complicated relationship with death


The Embalmer by Anne-Renee Caille is an uneasy survey of death, our relationship with it, and the people who work with death on a regular basis. The novel is written in poetic prose and each new section is punctuated by the examination of a different dead body the embalmer has worked on throughout his career. … Continue reading

25 years since Jeffrey Eugenides’ debut novel: “The Virgin Suicides”
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25 years since Jeffrey Eugenides’ debut novel: “The Virgin Suicides”


TRIGGER WARNING: This review deals with death by suicide. The Virgin Suicides were first published in 1993 and it was Jeffrey Eugenides’ breakout debut novel. It was received with critical acclaim and some reviewers at the time called his novel a modern Greek tragedy. It has captured readers since its release and was turned into … Continue reading

“Middlesex” a review: when we don’t have the right words for identity
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“Middlesex” a review: when we don’t have the right words for identity


  Jeffrey Eugenides’ novel Middlesex is a breathtaking inter-generational novel that addresses issues of the complex history of Eastern Europe, Greek identity, Greek-American identity, growing up in the U.S., and intersex and other LGBTQA identities. It would be easy to talk all day about the complexities of this novel as well as Eugenides’ exquisite prose … Continue reading

Frankenstein’s monster by any other name: a comparative review of Ahmed Saadawi’s and Mary Shelley’s monsters
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Frankenstein’s monster by any other name: a comparative review of Ahmed Saadawi’s and Mary Shelley’s monsters


Mary Shelley wrote her novel Frankenstein in 1818, which tells of the young scientist Victor Frankenstein who experiments with nature and biology to reanimate a human. Frankenstein’s monster is a combination of body parts. He is hideous in form, yet cannot escape the universal human desire to love and to be loved. Frankenstein’s monster is … Continue reading

Learning How to Accept Gifts: a review of Lisa Dempster’s travel memoir “Neon Pilgrim”
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Learning How to Accept Gifts: a review of Lisa Dempster’s travel memoir “Neon Pilgrim”


Gifts are complicated things. The simple premise of giving someone something they need, love, or want is what actually complicates the definition of a gift. Gifts, before anything else, function like a contract that requires the exchange of goods and/or services until someone dies, or decides to break off the relationship with the gift giver. … Continue reading

Asian Invisibility In Western Literature: a review of Ann Y. K. Choi’s “Kay’s Lucky Coin Variety”
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Asian Invisibility In Western Literature: a review of Ann Y. K. Choi’s “Kay’s Lucky Coin Variety”


I am going to cut to the chase on this review. Like the title suggests, there is a problem with the way that Asian literature is represented, or to be more precise its lack of representation, in the Western world. Many scholars and teachers have suggested to me over the years that Asian literature cannot … Continue reading