Book Review · Fiction

Review: Aristotle and Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe

Ari is angry and self-doubting. Dante is confident and poetic. Ari's household is locked in silence as his older brother remains locked in prison. One fateful day, Dante teaches Aristotle how to swim, and the two boys who have struggled to make friends until this point, create a friendship that will change them. This book… Continue reading Review: Aristotle and Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe

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Book Review · Fiction

Review: A Visit From The Goon Squad

Bennie is an aging former punk rocker and record executive. Sasha is the passionate, troubled young woman he employs. Here Jennifer Egan brilliantly reveals their pasts, along with the inner lives of a host of other characters whose paths intersect with theirs. With music pulsing on every page, A Visit from the Goon Squad is… Continue reading Review: A Visit From The Goon Squad

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Review: Tess of the D’Urbevilles

Neither fully a woman, nor aware of the dangers of the outside world, Tess is driven by her family's poverty to claim kinship with the wealthy D'Urbevilles. However, her 'cousin' Alec is more interested in her body than her desperate poverty. Tess is raped. Despite Tess' moral purity, she is stained by her sexual impurity, through… Continue reading Review: Tess of the D’Urbevilles

Book Review · Fiction

Review: Nights at the Circus

Audiences clamour for her arrival, which will coincide with that of the new century. For we are at the fag-end, the smouldering cigar-butt, of a nineteenth century, which is just about to be ground in the ashtray of history. Sophie Fevvers, a woman with wings- the Venus Cockney, fact or fiction? Sophie Fevvers is an aerialiste- with wings!… Continue reading Review: Nights at the Circus

Book Review · Non-fiction

Review: Gender: In World Perspective

Connell and Pearse's Gender is a concise and comprehensive introduction to the concept of gender and its practical implications. The authors are inclusive and do not fail to mention perspective from feminist scholars from around the world, throughout different periods of history. The authors begin with examples of gender in everyday culture, special events and statistics on the… Continue reading Review: Gender: In World Perspective