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Book Review: The Left Hand of Darkness by Ursula K. Le Guin

by Roxanne Dubois — last modified Jan 08, 2017 11:23 AM
When it was published in 1969, The Left Hand of Darkness reaped the following year’s Hugo and Nebula prizes, two major awards for science fiction writing. The book’s success helped to propel Ursula K. Le Guin as a figurehead for the genre. The Left Hand of Darkness is a brilliant, imaginative and provocative work that raised questions of great relevance for its time, and for today.

Critique: Dieu n'habite pas La Havane de Yasmina Khadra

by Roxanne Dubois — last modified Jan 02, 2017 11:42 AM
Yasmina Khadra est un auteur algérien qui a publié bon nombre de romans au cours de son œuvre. Son dernier livre, Dieu n’habite pas La Havane, élève la capitale cubaine au statut de personnage vibrant et coloré. Chaque page de cette histoire rend hommage à La Havane, à sa musique, à ses quartiers, et à ses résidents, sans manquer de mettre en évidence les nombreuses contradictions qui y prennent place.

Le centre du monde d’Émanuelle Walter

by Roxanne Dubois — last modified Jan 03, 2017 10:03 AM
La journaliste française installée à Montréal, Émanuelle Walter, a déjà écrit sur les Premières Nations du Canada. Son premier livre, Sœurs Volées, raconte l’histoire des familles de femmes autochtones disparues et assassinées. L’auteure récidive avec un portrait de la région d’Eeyou Istchee Baie-James, sillonnée en compagnie de Roméo Saganash.

Four Futures: Life After Capitalism review – will robots bring utopia or terror? | The Guardian

by Roxanne Dubois — last modified Nov 24, 2016 07:47 AM
"The idea that computers will soon steal our jobs is an article of faith among many of the world’s most powerful people. The argument goes like this: breakthroughs in robotics and artificial intelligence will make it possible to automate various kinds of labour. Self-driving cars will replace taxi and truck drivers; software will replace lawyers and accountants. We’ll end up with a world where machines do almost all of the work. Over the last few years, a growing chorus of pundits, academics and executives have made this scenario seem inevitable – and imminent. There are many reasons to be sceptical of their claims. But even if you accept the argument that mass automation is around the corner, you might find yourself wondering what a post-work future would look like. Would it be a heaven or a hell, or somewhere in between?"

Book Review: The Japanese Lover by Isabel Allende

by Roxanne Dubois — last modified Nov 13, 2016 09:57 AM
It is not simple to summarize an epic novel that spans the many lifetimes of its various characters, in countless different countries, crossing significant historical events the world over. Isabel Allende's latest novel somehow makes it all fit in 300 and some pages, with a brilliant, suspenseful and rich writing. The Japanese Lover is a tale of love, of course, but also of death, hardship, healing and relationships.

Critique: Mémoire de fille d'Annie Ernaux

by Roxanne Dubois — last modified Oct 14, 2016 09:04 AM
Dans Mémoire de fille, Annie Ernaux se remémore l'été de 1958. Elle avait alors 17 ou 18 ans et séjournait dans une colonie de vacances. Son récit tente d'éclaircir les émotions ressenties dans les années suivant les évènements de cet été-là, aussi confus et immatures puissent-ils sembler.

30 years of The Handmaid's Tale: a book review

by Roxanne Dubois — last modified Sep 26, 2016 09:34 AM
In 1985, Canadian author Margaret Atwood published The Handmaid's Tale. The book would go on to win the Governor General's Award for English language fiction that same year and further establish her as a prominent writer. As a francophone reader, I am late in the game of reading Atwood's work, but this novel's 30th anniversary prompted me to add it to my summer reading list. As it turns out, The Handmaid's Tale is a timely, provocative read for initiated and first-time readers alike.

Book Review: The Underground Railroad by Colson Whitehead

by Roxanne Dubois — last modified Sep 18, 2016 09:14 AM
It came as a surprise, in August, when Colson Whitehead's latest book was chosen as Oprah's book club selection. The book was immediately released one month ahead of time, and instantly became the topic of discussion in the literary world. The Underground Railroad tells the story of Cora, a young woman born into slavery in Georgia, who will try to escape by travelling on an underground train.

Left Noise: Victor Jara Edition

by Editors (What's Left) — last modified Aug 14, 2016 10:23 PM
Victor Jara was a Chilean political activist and folk singer who was murdered when the US-backed Pinochet overthrew the democratically elected Salvador Allende in 1973. In June of this year, 2016, a Chilean army officer was found liable for the murder of Victor Jara in 1973.

Critique: Les sanguines d'Elsa Pépin

by Roxanne Dubois — last modified Aug 07, 2016 10:57 AM
Les sanguines est l'histoire de deux sœurs, Sarah et Avril, aussi différentes qu'éloignées l'une de l'autre. Leur relation va changer avec la nouvelle qu'Avril souffre d'une leucémie rare qui s'attaque à son sang. La table est donc mise: le roman se joue sur le thème du sang, du rouge, de la vie et de la mort, de ce qui se rapporte au liquide qui nous propulse de jour en jour.

Critique: La chambre verte de Martine Desjardins

by Roxanne Dubois — last modified Aug 01, 2016 10:40 AM
L'oisiveté, ou dans ce cas-ci, l'argent est mère de tous les vices. Dans le dernier roman de Martine Desjardins, La chambre verte, c'est l'argent qui est aux premières loges. Cette saga multigénérationnelle où l'argent d'un héritage dicte les termes et les comportements d'une maisonnée entière met en scène, de façon tragi-comique, des personnages rongés par l'avarice.

Review: The Circle by Dave Eggers

by Roxanne Dubois — last modified Jul 26, 2016 08:59 PM
When a young woman in her twenties lands a job at the world's largest tech company, she sees only shine and glitter. Her new job at The Circle is the starting point of this novel by Dave Eggers, in which he paints the picture of an advanced tech world where "sharing is caring" and "privacy is theft".
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