Geography of Rebels Trilogy by Maria Gabriela Llansol (tr. Audrey Young)
Every once in a while I find a book so dense that it seems impenetrable. The kind of book that requires research to read. Like Joyce’s Ulysses (I took an entire course on Joyce in college) or Faulkner’s The Sound and The Fury (Cliff Notes provided by my High School English teacher). I’ve always enjoyed information mining. But, the Geography of Rebels Trilogy is next … Continue reading Geography of Rebels Trilogy by Maria Gabriela Llansol (tr. Audrey Young)
Tech is playing havoc with my reading.
Lately, I’ve been having trouble focusing. I’m restless and nervous all the time. I’m constantly playing with my phone – jumping from app to app; checking my Gmail; posting on Twitter; should I be posting on Litsy? check Litsy; did my table sell on Letgo? check Letgo; new episodes of my favorite podcast? download; listen to podcast; put phone down. Jump on internet or turn … Continue reading Tech is playing havoc with my reading.
The Governesses by Anne Serre (translated by Mark Hutchinson)
The Governesses is easily one of the stand-out books of 2018 for me. I love everything about it – from the playful and mannered prose to the cinematic and stylized storytelling. The fenced in house and garden remind me of an elaborate glass terrarium like you might find in a Victorian parlor… a whimsical, shrunken down version of the Temperate House in Kew Gardens. And … Continue reading The Governesses by Anne Serre (translated by Mark Hutchinson)
The Water Cure – A Feminist Dystopia
Title: The Water Cure Author: Sophie Mackintosh Publisher: Doubleday (January 2019) ISBN: 978 0385543873 Just when it seems dystopian horror has had its moment, a new iteration emerges. The Water Cure, the Man Booker-nominated, debut novel of Welsh writer Sophie Mackintosh, depicts a distinctly female dystopia and arrives amidst the cyclical tides of the #MeToo movement. So, what fresh hell this? Three sisters are … Continue reading The Water Cure – A Feminist Dystopia
Reimagining the New Testament
Title: Children of God Author: Lars Petter Sveen Translator: Guy Puzey Publisher: Graywolf Press (Minneapolis, 2018) ISBN: 978 1 55597 820 4 Three soldiers sent by King Herod to massacre innocent babies experience a moment of doubt, only to have their resolve strengthened (and hearts hardened) by the words of a sinister old man. An urchin boy styling himself King David sacrifices everything to keep … Continue reading Reimagining the New Testament