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Review RevUU Autumn 2020

How to Distinguish Rape From Romance

A review of Kate Elizabeth Russell’s My Dark Vanessa By Bou Laam Wong If someone were to ask me how I’d describe Vladimir Nabokov’s controversial novel Lolita, I would say it’s another example of a tragic tale about a young girl’s loss of innocence told through the voice of her rapist. There are plenty of […]

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Review RevUU Autumn 2020

Breasts and Eggs, Pen and Paper

A review of Mieko Kawakami’s Breasts and Eggs By Elena Schnee I am a woman, I am a mother, I am a writer  Have you ever heard of a woman giving birth to a book? No? But what is actually the difference between creating new life and creating a new work of art? How are […]

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Review RevUU Autumn 2020

“No Right”

A review of Douglas Stuart’s Shuggie Bain By Ella van Driel “The day was flat.” – Douglas Stuart This is the first sentence that greets you in Douglas Stuart’s first novel Shuggie Bain. The novel starts with “Shuggie” Bain living alone in a dingy bedsit in Glasgow in 1992. Sweet and short, this first sentence feels […]

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Review RevUU Autumn 2020

A Dazzling Debut of Literary Inclusivity

A review of R.B. Lemberg’s The Four Profound Weaves By Kris van der Voorn Don’t worry about transphobic, sexist, or racist writers anymore: the new generation is here, and they are taking down every notion we have of privileged hierarchies. A breath of fresh air is blowing through the literary scene, and amidst it is […]

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Review RevUU Autumn 2020

Pop Culture, the Bush Era, and Aliens

A Fun but Flawed Love Letter to the 2000s By Leda Serikoglu In her debut novel Axiom’s End, the first in a five-book series, Lindsay Ellis rewinds the clock to an alternative autumn of 2007: George W. Bush is still the President of the United States; the Iraq War still hammers on; but now the […]

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Review RevUU Autumn 2020

Covid-1918

A review of Emma Donoghue’s The Pull of the Stars  By Renske Rademaker Emma Donoghue’s The Pull of the Stars takes place during a pandemic, but it is not the pandemic one might expect from a novel published in 2020. The novel depicts three days in the life of Dublin nurse Julia Power amidst the […]

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Review RevUU Autumn 2020

The Importance of Identifying

A review of Kacen Callender’s Felix Ever After By Annika van Leeuwen From the moment I saw the smiling face, flower crown, and top surgery scars of the titular character on the cover, I was in love with Felix Ever After. Depicting a transgender boy’s quest for community, identity, and revenge, this novel by Kacen […]

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Review RevUU Autumn 2020

How to Be Dominated by a Biker

A review of Adam Mars-Jones’ Box Hill  By Mikołaj Bać If a book begins with fellatio in an empty part of Box Hill in Surrey, the mecca of motorcyclists in the 1970s, in my mind it signals that we are dealing with quite an extraordinary piece of writing. This unabashed novel by influential British critic and […]

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Review RevUU Autumn 2020

Radical Self-Love Is the New Feminism

By Lea Dokter Women Don’t Owe You Pretty, the literary debut of 21-year-old Instagram influencer Florence Given, is an exemplification of Gen Z feminism – aesthetical and empowering, but highly individualistic. Given’s book is essentially a brief introduction to some of the ways in which patriarchy still influences the lives of (young) women in modern […]