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When it’s hard to find words, ‘The White Book’ by Han Kang

My recent posts have been seasonally themed, in as much as V and Lanark work with my annual temptation to escape winter into imaginative flights of fancy.  Han Kang’s meditation on mourning is something else entirely. I read this book … Continue reading

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Where to begin? Reviewing ‘Lanark’ by Alastair Gray

I was so excited to find a second-hand copy of Gray’s novel ‘Lanark: A life in four books’ when I was up in Glasgow last year.  It may not have had the cover I’d previously associated with this Scottish classic, … Continue reading

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‘Nothing makes any waking sense’: ‘V’ by Thomas Pynchon

Oh dear, it was over a year ago that I actually read ‘V’ by Thomas Pynchon.  Needless to say, my new year’s resolution has nothing to do with prospective reading challenges and is far more concerned with catching up with … Continue reading

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A top read from 2018: ‘Fun Home’ by Alison Bechdel

Before reading ‘Fun Home,’ I only knew of Alison Bechdel from The Bechdel Test.  Then I saw that there was a musical based on her memoir ‘Fun Home’ and heard that it was about her father coming out as gay. … Continue reading

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Looking back: ‘August 1914’ and ‘November 1916’ by Alexandr Solzhenitsyn

I’ve actually read ‘August 1914’ before, but never blogged about it because I found the whole experience so confusing.  It is the first volume in Solzhenitsyn’s ‘Red Wheel’ cycle and delivers exactly what the title promises – over 700 pages … Continue reading

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A novel for our times: ‘Now in November’ by Josephine Johnson

I first encountered ‘Now in November,’ appropriately enough, as one of Apollo’s ‘Best Books You’ve Never Read‘ and knew I simply had to take up the implied challenge  – not only am I simply incapable of resisting such a tag-line, … Continue reading

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The first Brexit novel, two years on: ‘Autumn’ by Ali Smith

‘Autumn’ came out in 2016, heralded as the first post-Brexit novel.  I’m afraid I didn’t read it then; at the time, literature was a rare refuge from current events and I wasn’t going to let politics intrude, even for Ali … Continue reading

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