Hamid artfully teaches us a vital lesson about modern society, presenting us with a subtle challenge to resist the prejudicial tendencies behind forming identity in multicultural societies.
Bit of a mixed bag here... Hot off the press this book caught my eye - not least because of it’s absolutely beautiful cover (something everyone seems to be talking about, so well done Bridget) but also because the idea was intriguing and the reviews glowing. Needless to say when I began I was a … Continue reading The Binding
In 1931 Huxley peered into the future for this novel and brought back a warning. It is up to us to decide just how nascent his predictions are in 2019.
Shamefully, I’ll raise my hand and admit that I never used to “believe” in short stories. What was the point? By the time you get into it its already over, like finding a tub of ice cream in the freezer only to realise there’s only a couple of spoonfuls left... But in more recent years … Continue reading Mary Ventura and the Ninth Kingdom
This is a book of contrasts; the beautiful and barbaric working together to tell a lamentable tale. You can’t help but feel immense empathy for those involved, and a pang of appreciation for the wonderful, ordinary life that you yourself have led.
My most spoken phrase over the last few months has without a doubt been “have you read Sapiens?”. Time and time again topics broached in this book rear their heads and fling my thoughts back to Harari’s unique and intriguing standpoint on human history; why we are the way we are and where we’re going.
Atwood delves into one of the most controversial topics of the 21st century in this novel exploring the future of science and genetic modification. The seemingly far-fetched creations of Atwood’s world show us a glimpse of what our future may hold, if we continue down this road one small step at a time.