1970s

Mumbo Jumbo

Mumbo Jumbo Ishmael Reed Analysis

Modern-day America is constantly witness to the blatant oppression of black culture and black communities. There are clear groups dedicated to this action who are outright in their intentions. But if it were only these less subtle groups acting against the black community, would they be so successful in their oppression? In Ishmael Reed’s Mumbo …

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Surfacing Margaret Atwood Review

Surfacing Margaret Atwood Review

An unnamed narrator, her new lover Joe, and a married couple, David and Anna, travel into the Canadian wilderness in search of the narrator’s missing father. They come across his abandoned home and settle down as the narrator moves through nostalgic memories of childhood and unspecific memories of her recently failed marriage. As they move …

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Dhalgren Review

Dhalgren Review and Analysis

The city of Bellona lies dying at the center of America. There has been some event that left it in this state, uncommunicative with the outside world as those other cities around it move on through normal day-to-day life. A young man who has forgotten his name and his past, soon to be dubbed The …

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The Beggar Maid Alice Munro Analysis

The Beggar Maid Alice Munro Analysis and Review

Introduction Rose is a young girl who lives at home in a poor Canadian town know as Hanratty. She lives with her step-mother Flo, her father, and her half-brother Brian. In this collection (originally titled, Who Do You Think You Are?), Alice Munro takes the reader through Rose’s life in a series of ten connected …

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something i've been meaning to tell you Book

Something I’ve Been Meaning to Tell You Book Review

In this collection, seemingly insignificant life events pile up in the characters’ lives, forcing them to realize that these moments are what life is made of – allowing them to look back in time to explore their lives or the lives of those they’ve lost. Alice Munro creates a tapestry of characters experiencing these memories, …

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The Fifth Head of Cerberus

The Fifth Head of Cerberus Explanation and Review

The Fifth Head of Cerberus is Gene Wolfe’s second published work following Operation Ares. Previous to reading this, I have read the five books of his Book of the New Sun series twice and then Peace. It has been a while since these reads, but I was excited to get back into Gene Wolfe. The …

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