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The Underground Railroad

Colson Whitehead’s tale is one of persistence and bravery. The Underground Railroad follows Cora, a slave from Georgia born into a life of suffering and the desire to escape to freedom. As introductions go, Cora comes from a line of strong women, her grandmother Ajarry, stolen from her West African village, ferociously protective of her… Continue reading The Underground Railroad

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The Help

Having just picked up The Help for the fifth time, I thought it was worthwhile putting pen to paper as to why I keep coming back to this book. There’s something unique to Stockett’s writing that transports you instantly back to 1960’s Mississippi. Whether it’s Skeeter, Aibileen or Minny narrating we’re pulled back to a… Continue reading The Help

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Thoughts on African American Literature

I’m currently in middle of a module on 20th Century African American Literature, and it’s got me thinking of the way we categorise literature, place labels upon it, in a way to control it further. Early 20th Century African American Literature is often placed as political work. That an African American who is able to… Continue reading Thoughts on African American Literature

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February Book Haul

It may have become apparent from this blog that I like books, I love reading them, discussing them and also buying them. So, with the start of a new semester and two literature modules to buy for, I had a most pleasant book buying trip. As I already held the excuse of needing books specifically… Continue reading February Book Haul