The unconventional approach to describing the legal battle, the juxtaposition of satirical characters against the cutting realism of the setting – this will definitely be a favourite book of 2021.
My tangling together of value and production, identity and respect paralleled a similar phenomenon in Canadian literature as a whole. Refuse has shown me what lurks behind the façade of my dream job.
Gideon the Ninth mixes genres with glee. Its title character, a teenage girl trapped in indentured servitude on a dreary planet called the Ninth, is desperate to join the army (here called the “Cohort”). Harrow, her employer and the de facto ruler of the Ninth, is desperate to keep Gideon at her side, apparently out of sheer vindictiveness.
Anyone who has had to study classic literature knows which websites to consult for a summary of whatever book they’ve been assigned. For The Voyage Out, Virginia Woolf’s first published novel, this approach does no favours to either the reader or the text, turning the story into a random series of events concerning upper-middle classContinue reading “Review: The Voyage Out by Virginia Woolf”