Now translated from the Lithuanian by Romas Kinka, I reviewed Alvydas Šlepikas’ novel based on the story of the ‘wolf children.’ These exceptional children were displaced from East Germany after WWII and had to find new homes and lives in Lithuania. Reviewing for Splice, see the full review here.
On Full Stop I wrote about a trio of Horror novellas from the independent publisher based in Liverpool, Dead Ink. The books are apparently reissues of books published by the Eden Book Society – a select, subscription book service formed in 1919 – but much like the horror genre itself, there’s more to these books appearance than meets the eye.
“Holt House, in a similar way to Bates Motel, is rendered as a place (you might say “complex”) that is not physically, but psychologically entrapping and when we think of Norman, locked, not just in the gaze of his mother, but his own need to gaze on somebody else, do we not see powerful riff on the idea of “haunted”? Being haunted to satisfy the need of your mother, or quell the crushing insecurity over your status, here’s a display on how the mind brings us back to gaze on that which we’ve been missing in our lives.”
Read the review here.
In the second week discussing Anna Burns’ novel, I focused on the way time is depicted and how it manipulates the reading experience.
I also discussed Walter Benjamin’s ‘Angel of history’ in relation to this idea and the novel.
You can read the post over at Inkwell Arts’ blog
My summary and discussion of the first 100 pages (well, 102) of Milkman is now live over at the Inkwell Arts blog.
I was really interested in how Burns is creating this world and how she uses the nameless, female narrator as the lens through which to create it. It’s not so much an unreliable narrator, but a narrator with a view that’s been doctored and manipulated by powerful, dogmatic forces.
Read my thoughts here.
Over at Inkwell Arts, I’m running an online Read-Along of Anna Burns’ Milkman.
On Sunday 4th August I will post a summary and discussion of the first 100 pages and then on the following Sunday, I’ll do the same again, for the next 100 pages. On Saturday 17th August, the group will meet at Inkwell, as it usually does, to discuss the remaining pages of the book and as a whole (I’ll also post a brief summary of the discussion).
Do get involved whether you can or can’t eventually attend the group.
Check Inkwell’s blog here: https://www.inkwellarts.org.uk/blog/
It’s been a bit quiet on here lately, but that’s because I’ve been busy reading and writing about some great books.
Reviews of books coming up include:
Something Like Breathing by Angela Readman (And Other Stories)
A trio of Horror novellas published by Dead Ink Press: Holt House by L.G Vey , A Dedicated Friend by Shirley Longford and Judderman D.A Northwood.
In the Shadow of Wolves by Alvydas Šlepikas (translated from the Lithuanian by Romas Kinka: Oneworld Publications)
Ducks, Newburyport by Lucy Ellmann (Galley Beggars Press)
And books currently being read to review:
Skin Can Hold by Vahni Capildeo (Carcanet Press)
Handling Stolen Goods by Degna Stone (Peepal Tree Press)
The books I’ve been reading and looking forward to were featured on Bookmunch’s ‘On the Pile.’ Read my selections here.