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review 2016-09-23 03:28
Book Review: The Traitor Baru Cormorant
The Traitor Baru Cormorant - Seth Dickinson

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I think this might be one of the most important books I've ever read. Forget that "genre fiction" disclaimer, this is the real deal. I don't even know what to say. Anything I do say may be too telling.

Okay, I'll say this: this is a story we are, on some level, all familiar with. We know the history of the world. It's written by the winners, and what have the winners, the venerated winners, always done? They've dominated and pillaged in the name of civilizing, saying as they outlaw the customs and dress and language of the Celts, the Aborigines, the Native Americans, insert-a-colonized-people here, that they bring roads, medicine, law, God, correct and decent behavior, and so-on. They've changed the names of mountains, cities, continents. They've played at eugenics, taken children away from parents to be "educated" out of their own customs, culture, their own minds. They've made internment camps, death camps. They've sterilized, enslaved. I could go on.

"And her mother's answering disdain: Go, then. Learn all their secrets. Cover yourself in them. You will return with a steel mask instead of a face."

Baru is someone who grows up in a place where these things are happening, and her story is full of intrigue, rebellion, hope, devastation, love, betrayal, victory and defeat and something in between. She is a glimpse into the divided loyalties and motivations of a person forced to join 'em in order to beat 'em. Maybe. Maybe that's part of what she is, I'm not entirely sure I know. Baru makes my heart and my brain hurt if I think about her too long.

This book is about all that, but it's about so much more. I won't lie, this will knock the wind right out of you. But you won't regret it. It might change something inside of you though, the best books always do. So be prepared for that.

"I will write your name in the ruin of them. I will paint you across history in the color of their blood."

Let's Discuss!

What are your thoughts? Am I over-extolling the virtues here? I'd love to know if any of you had the same gut-punch feeling at the end.

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text 2013-11-03 18:00
Writing a scientific essay is fuckloads easier than an humanities one grrrrr !!!!!

I've literally spent hours today and yesterday reading pages which maybe..just maybe added up to double digits !! All for a 2000 essay on Self and Other that i'm supposed to hand in the middle of this month-I feel screwed already *sigh* If anyone out there knows something about Hegel, Self and Other, Frantz Fanon, Rene Menil and Stuart Hall- give me a shout would ya ! Help a poor soul out :( Until then, I'll be doing more reading tonight and maybe a bit of writing too if I can figure out wtf to say ugh !! 

 

 

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review 2012-03-04 00:00
The Emperor's Babe by Bernardine Evaristo
The Emperor's Babe: A Novel - Bernardine Evaristo

Enjoy historical fiction? That does not necessarily mean you will enjoy this. However, if you can recognise good writing - and I mean style, not story - and can keep an open mind when it comes to modern poetry, this might turn out to be a wonderful reading experience.

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