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The Thursday Review: “Disgrace” by J.M. Coetzee

Warning: Triggers for rape, sexual assault and stalking.

Two weeks ago, I claimed that I had to read “Heart of Darkness” as my next uni book. Turns out I got that wrong: what I was meant to have read was this week’s review subject, “Disgrace” by J.M. Coetzee. This book won not only the Booker Prize, but also the Nobel Prize for Literature.

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And I hated it.

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The Thursday Review: “The Last Days of Leda Grey” by Essie Fox

Last year, my MA course attended an event in Canterbury where we got to hear Essie Fox talk about her latest work, “The Last Days of Leda Grey”. Unlike her three previous books (which I’m still to read), “Leda Grey” is Edwardian rather than Victorian, and its premise intrigued me enough that I had to give it a try.

I was not disappointed.

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The Thursday Review: “Heart of Darkness” by Joseph Conrad

As I may have mentioned before, I’m doing a part-time master’s degree in Creative Writing: Prose Fiction; one of my modules in second year is The Novel and myself and my classmates picked the books, such as “Cloud Atlas” (which is why I finished it despite not enjoying it).

Our first book of Term Two? “Heart of Darkness”.

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The Thursday Review: “Cloud Atlas” by David Mitchell

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“Cloud Atlas” is a difficult book to write about. Rather than being a single continuous novel, it’s more like six short stories wrapped up inside each other like a Russian doll. As such, I will be skimming quite a bit so that I don’t bore you to death before this review is over.

I can sum it up in three words, though: this book sucks.

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