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Book Review: The Wonder by Emma Donoghue

by Roxanne Dubois — last modified Feb 04, 2017 09:42 AM
Emma Donoghue was born in Ireland and now lives in London, Ontario. Her last book, Room, was a hit and made into a film for which she also wrote the screenplay. It was the story of a woman and her son being held captive in a man's shed: not the most uplifting subject and yet told with lightness and might. Her most recent book, The Wonder, builds on a different theme: an eleven-year-old girl in the Ireland of the 1850's stops eating for religious and spiritual reasons. Here too, Emma Donoghue treats a dark topic with so much grace.

La Guerre des Gaules de Jules César

by Roxanne Dubois — last modified Jan 29, 2017 02:36 PM
Pour les amateurs des aventures d’Astérix le Gaulois, plonger dans l’univers de César et de l’armée romaine peut s’avérer un voyage empreint de nostalgie. Dans son ambitieux projet pour construire l’Empire romain, Jules César s’était assigné la tâche de documenter le quotidien de la guerre. Il en résulte une lecture étonnamment littéraire de la conquête des Gaules, ces territoires qui, un par un, sont passés sous l’emprise de l’imperator.

Citizens' Press revisits great works of literature

by Roxanne Dubois — last modified Feb 12, 2017 10:32 AM
It is widely said that those who do not learn from history are doomed to repeat it. While this should be obvious to any modern society, these times require us to never take for granted some of the most basic assumptions. As we seek answers to understand the increasingly divided, unequal, and unpredictable world we live in, going back in time and space is a good place to start. It seems more appropriate than ever to revisit great classics of literature, to soak in the world order that once was in order to understand the context and conflicts of today.

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.

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.
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