Tag Archives: Canadian literature

And the winners are…

Margaret Atwood and Bernadine Evaristo. An unusual move to choose two winners and neither of them expected by me. But then, my track record of predicting winners is pretty terrible. Neither of these is a bad book and both are … Continue reading

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The Testaments — Margaret Atwood

30 years ago, The Handmaid’s Tale was shortlisted for the Booker Prize. Since then, it has maintained its reputation for its exploration of gender relations. And after the success of the Hulu television series based on the novel, Atwood has … Continue reading

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Washington Black — Esi Edugyan

I have mixed feelings about Washington Black. The story is really good: Washington Black (Wash), a slave on a Barbados plantation, is selected as personal servant to the brother of the owner. A friendship grows between the two of them, … Continue reading

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Do Not Say We Have Nothing — Madeleine Thien

So October is finally here and more Man Booker nominees are arriving in the mail! Next up is Madeleine Thien’s Do Not Say We Have Nothing, which shall be closely followed by David Szalay’s All That Man Is. As it … Continue reading

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The Stone Diaries — Carol Shields

The Stone Diaries is (are?) an account in diary-like format of the life of the fictional Daisy Goodwill Flett, from her birth up until her death. She is born in 1905 and lives into her 90s, and the book therefore … Continue reading

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The Handmaid’s Tale — Margaret Atwood

It has been a good decade since I was first recommended The Handmaid’s Tale by both my mother and my English teacher. Since then, at university and later, I have been told I should read it by multiple people. But … Continue reading

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A Fine Balance — Rohinton Mistry

My word, 1996 was a good year! Having already read the books considered the main contenders for the prize (Swift’s Last Orders, Atwood’s Alias Grace, and Deane’s Reading in the Dark), I was prepared for a series of pretty ordinary … Continue reading

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