Thursday, 6 February 2014

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Right, okay, been far too long since I did one of these. Kind of trailed off in 2013 there, but here goes:

1. Frankenstein, by Mary Shelley.

I enjoyed thinking about this book more than I enjoyed reading it. )

2. The Well of Loneliness, by Radclyffe Hall.

Oh, come on, everyone dumping on the book (including the writer of the foreword in the edition I own) (!!!), she and Jane Eyre would have been total BFFs. )

3. A Kiss Before Death, by Ira Levin.

Competent but not hugely compelling. )

4. Borstal Girl, by Eileen Mackenney.

There is a lot of swearing in this book. )

Now I'm reading: Yu Hua's To Live in the original Mandarin. Not as grueling an endeavour as I hoped, due to judicious attendance of Mandarin lessons + having read the English translation + having seen the movie about three times. Also, bell hooks' Feminist Theory: From Margin to Center. But to be honest, I'm not reading very much at the moment and it sucks, you guys. I haven't yet sussed out a public library close to where I live and being broke means that I really can't afford to buy books, even secondhand. THAT BEING SAID. At some point I really want to read these:
- Americanah, by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie
- Ghana Must Go, by Taiye Selassie
- The Orchard of Lost Souls, by Nadifa Mohamed (!!!!!!!)
- Staying Power, by Peter Fryer

Any other recs welcome! I started rereading Jane Eyre before I left Singapore, but didn't get to finish it. Still not impressed by (the lack of engagement) with how so much of its racism feels inherent to Jane's creation of her self through narrative, but also I got reminded of how much I enjoy 19th century feminist literature. Maybe I should start reading George Eliot?

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