Complicated families and letting go: a review of Sarah Haywood’s “The Cactus”
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Complicated families and letting go: a review of Sarah Haywood’s “The Cactus”


The Cactus is the debut novel from Sarah Haywood which is about letting go of who people want you to be and who you have made yourself become because of your past experiences. It is about family conflict, death, grief, secrets, and forgiveness. It is not your typical contemporary fiction novel for all the right … 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

The Not So Elegant Hedgehog: a review of Muriel Barbery’s novel, “The Elegance of the Hedgehog”
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The Not So Elegant Hedgehog: a review of Muriel Barbery’s novel, “The Elegance of the Hedgehog”


I feel that I should start this review by saying that I have wanted to read this book for such a long time. After discovering the book, I thought that the title sounded intriguing and I had lots of people recommend the book to me, French and English speakers alike. It seemed to be a … Continue reading

A Review of “The Hundred-Year-Old Man Who Climbed Out the Window and Disappeared”
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A Review of “The Hundred-Year-Old Man Who Climbed Out the Window and Disappeared”


Jonas Jonasson’s new book, The Girl Who save the Swedish King was released in April 2014. His book, The Hundred-Year-Old Man Who Climbed Out of the Window and Disappeared was turned into a major motion picture and has become an international success. I thought after all this excitement about Jonasson’s new book and film, it … Continue reading