‘Love is or it ain’t. Thin love ain’t love at all.’ Love and belonging in Toni Morrison’s Beloved

Image from 1998 Jonathan Demme adaptation of Beloved, starring Oprah Winfrey as Sethe How can you love something that doesn’t belong to you? This is the question at the heart of Toni Morrison’s haunting 1987 novel. Set in Cincinnati after The Civil War and the Emancipation Act, the book unravels the story of Sethe, a … Continue reading ‘Love is or it ain’t. Thin love ain’t love at all.’ Love and belonging in Toni Morrison’s Beloved

The Self and Identity in The Wind-Up Bird Chronicle

Murakami is my comfort read if not my guilty pleasure. So, it is no surprise that I turned to him to get me out of a reading slump caused inevitably by my A-Levels. Reading Murakami is a surreal experience much like reading someone’s dream diary: he is the commercial postmodern Kafka. What puts him in … Continue reading The Self and Identity in The Wind-Up Bird Chronicle

Tralfamadorians & A Red Hunting Cap

I have recently read two amazing novels about loss of innocence by authors who had similar experiences. Both witnessed the horrors of WWII: Kurt Vonnegut was at Dresden as it burnt down to ashes and J. D. Salinger was one of the first American soldiers to enter a Nazi extermination camp. Yet, they dealt with … Continue reading Tralfamadorians & A Red Hunting Cap

“Mrs Dalloway said she would buy the flowers herself.”

  …Thus, we start to follow Clarissa Dalloway for a warm day of July as she walks through the streets of London, getting ready for one of her celebrated dinner parties. The city of London is almost presented as a character with large breadth and movement, hourly marked by the bell. It changes within the … Continue reading “Mrs Dalloway said she would buy the flowers herself.”