Neo-Victorian fiction: Sarah Waters and Victorian narratives from the shadows of Victorian society

After reading Affinity, I wanted to dive into the genre of neo-Victorianism and more of Sarah Waters’ writing. Novels like Affinity and Fingersmith belong to the genre of neo-Victorianism. This can be defined as modern reworkings of Victorian society in adaptations, novels, or other forms of media. What makes something neo-Victorian is that it engages with the Victorian age often…

By Fleur August 31, 2021 0

Book Review: Hamnet by Maggie O’Farrell

Even though not much is known about Shakespeare’s son Hamnet, as Maggie O’Farrell states at the end of her novel, she has imagined what his short life could have been like. To clarify, the novel Hamnet tells the story of Shakespeare’s family, and specifically on the death of Hamnet, Shakespeare’s son. Despite the lack of…

By Fleur July 23, 2021 0

Book Review: Exciting Times by Naoise Dolan

Exciting times is a novel full of social commentary, as well as a complicated love story. For me, the novel’s social dynamics sometimes felt a little unrealistic, perhaps due to my personal taste. In her gap year, Ava lives in Hong Kong with a banker named Julian. She teaches at a TEFL school. While Julian…

By Fleur July 8, 2021 0

Summer Reading List 2021

For my summer reading list, I am planning to read some novels that have been sitting on the shelf for a while now. This makes my reading list perhaps a bit outdated, but I still want to share it because I have heard a lot of praise for these books. Perhaps you can get some…

By Fleur July 2, 2021 0

Book Review: Never Let Me Go by Kazuo Ishiguro

As a dystopian novel, not like any other dystopian novel, Never Let Me Go is set in England, but with a mysterious twist. The narrator, Kathy, tells about her time at the boarding school Hailsham and her life after leaving it. While I did not have a lot of experience reading dystopian novels, this story intrigued and…

By Fleur June 30, 2021 0