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Tag Archives | The Absolutist

Review of The Absolutist by John Boyne

The Absolutist

Briefly, The Absolutist is a story set mostly in the trenches of the First World War, alternatively narrated in present tense in the trenches and told in retrospective in Norwich in 1919. Tristan Sadler has letters to deliver to Marian, sister of his friend Will Bancroft. Will was shot as a traitor and a coward and Tristan […]

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War, Literature and Remembrance Day

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While this year’s 11th of November is special because of the year and the resulting number palindrome, it has long been a day of remembrance for fallen soldiers. According to the Wikipedia article, Remembrance Day (also known as Poppy Day, Armistice Day or Veterans Day) is a memorial day observed in Commonwealth countries to remember the members of their armed forces who have died […]

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Bloomsbury and the Whitewashing of Book Covers

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In a parallel argument to the ‘No Gays Please’ attitude to most YA texts, this week the Guardian discussed the whitewashing of book covers in order to prevent the cover harming the book sales. But Larbalestier believes the issues of “whitewashing” of covers, ghettoising of books by people of colour, and low expectations for these books are industry-wide. […]

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Jeanette Winterson and the Brouhaha Around the Man Booker Prize

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Jeannette Winterson, author of the famous Sexing The Cherry, has written for the Guardian about the fuss around the Man Booker Prize, and why the judges are letting down the potential of the prize: I am sorry that the Booker judges were thrilled to be seen as champions of the jolly good read. I wish they […]

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