An Artist of the Floating World, by Kazuo Ishiguru

An Artist of the Floating World, by Kazuo Ishiguru

An Artist of the Floating World, by Kazuo Ishiguro, is a beautiful, hazy portrait of life in post war Japan. It explores generational tension, changing social mores, guilt and atonement. It is also another excellent example of the unreliable narrator, a trope of Ishiguro’s work.

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Time Out of Joint by Philip K Dick

Time Out of Joint by Philip K Dick

Ragle Gumm is an ordinary man lives with his sister’s family in a sleepy suburban 1950s town. He makes a living by winning a newspaper contest over and over again. He dallies with his neighbour and plots where the Little Green Man will be Next, but starts to realise all is not well. This is how Time out of Joint, by Philip K Dick, begins.

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What Remains of Edith Finch, by Ian Dallas

What Remains of Edith Finch, by Ian Dallas

What Remains of Edith Finch is a beautiful, haunting tale exploring the death and tragedy surrounding the Finch family.

Edith has returned to her family’s abandoned home off the coast of the state of Washington following her mother’s death. The tale shows Edith discovering their history through exploration of sealed bedrooms / shrines, all with voyeuristic peepholes.

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Affinity, by Sarah Waters

Affinity, by Sarah Waters

An interweaving tale of two entrapped women; a suicidal noblewoman with no purpose and an imprisoned spiritualist claiming innocence. Reality, voice and oppression – not to mention manipulation – are the key themes in this stunning lesbian Victorian ghost story. A rich, beautiful, haunting novel by an excellent author, set in the late 19th century.

Spoilers ahead.

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Tin Can Cook by Jack Monroe

Tin Can Cook by Jack Monroe

Unusually, I got the Kindle version of Tin Can Cook. I tend to have my phone handy when cooking so I figured it would be appropriate. So far, it’s introduced me to the joys of tinned potatoes (9/10 most of a fresh bag will end up in the compost before we use it).

FYI, if you want to start composting, this site does cheap, subsidised bins – https://getcomposting.com

I have a real soft spot for Jack Monroe, for a very practical reason. The recipes on the Cooking on a Bootstrap website helped me when I was seriously struggling financially. Put it this way; I wasn’t visiting a food bank, but maybe I should have been.

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Suddenly Last Summer, By Tennessee Williams

Suddenly Last Summer, By Tennessee Williams

Suddenly, Last Summer was a 1958 one act play written by Tennesse Williams. The wealthy poet Sebastian Venable has been killed, and the family are gathering to hear his cousin, Catharine Holly, describe his scandalous death. Sebastian’s mother doesn’t believe her niece and has had Catharine committed; an attending doctor, known for performing lobotomies, injects her with a truth serum to get to the bottom of things.

“Suddenly Last Summer” was, perhaps,the most poetic I’ve done. – Tennessee Williams, Interview with Studs Terkel.¹

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The Husband Stitch, by Carmen Maria Machado

The Husband Stitch, by Carmen Maria Machado
I’m writing this review of the The Husband Stitch, by Carmen Maria Machado because I can’t sleep. Hurricane Ophelia is starting to creep across my country today. I am dreading both work tomorrow and the walk there. It also struck me as a particularly relevant short story for our times.

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A Pale View of Hills, by Kazuo Ishiguro

A Pale View of Hills, by Kazuo Ishiguro
Nagasaki Nakashima River
C1870`s Nagasaki Nakashima River – UCHIDA KUICHI

I just finished reading A Pale View of Hills, by Kazuo Ishiguro. As usual with his work, the book has stayed with me for over a day now. Etsuko is a Japanese woman, living in rural England in the 1970s. Her younger daughter Niki visits, and their conversation triggers a series of dreams and memories. She recalls a strange friendship she had with another woman called Sachiko in post-war Japan. Based in the still rebuilding city of Nagasaki, sweltering and devastated by the atomic bomb.

There will be spoilers in this review.

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