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Review: The End of Loneliness by Benedict Wells

This was a beautifully written, moving and poignant novel. It's a story about splitting apart then coming together again, about suffering and hurting and accepting that pain and moving on. It's a novel about love, loss and family. The characters suffered- the novel contains plenty of tragic occurrences, but at their suffering is not outlandish,… Continue reading Review: The End of Loneliness by Benedict Wells

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Review: Holding Up the Universe

"Holding Up the Universe" does not stand out as a particularly good or bad novel. The two main characters grow and become more accepting of themselves by the end of the novel. However Jack's repeated use of "broken" to describe himself as someone affected by prosopagnosia is unnecessary and out of place. Although it's interesting… Continue reading Review: Holding Up the Universe

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Oranges Are Not The Only Fruit

A simple and enjoyable, yet challenging and thought-provoking novel on growing up in an evangelical Church community and discovering one's true self. Winterson weaves complex ideas and heavy emotions into a simple yet at times fragmentary and experimental novel. Jeanette was adopted as young age, and poised like Christ to save the world through her… Continue reading Oranges Are Not The Only Fruit

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Review: I’ll Give You the Sun

NoahandJude are inseparable twins. Jude is a daredevil who surfs and wears dark lipstick and short skirts against her mother's wishes. Noah gets lost in art and is in love with the boy of his dreams. Their relationship becomes tense as they struggle for attention from their mother, the same friends and a place at… Continue reading Review: I’ll Give You the Sun

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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

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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