Monthly Archives: July 2014

The Outsider – Albert Camus

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AC6560Exquisitely written in the first person which I think influences the reader to feel empathy with the character of Mersault more and more. The story is told with great humour. The accused (Mersault) seems to be on trial more for his lack of emotion during his mother’s funeral than for killing another man. Thus, we see a duality to the story. The relationship between a son and his mother and that of a murderer and the society in which he lives in. He is perceived by the prosecutor as a hardened man, a monster who does not regret his crime, insensitive, without a soul or access to humanity. This may be true given the fact that he shot an Arab five times during the fight. However, this character assessment is insufficient because it relies solely on the fact that Mersault does not conform to expectations of how he should exhibit…

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How Authors Can (and Should) Use Author Copies

Self-Publishing News for Self Publishing Authors

While it’s true that ebooks are popular – and necessary in order to compete in the modern bookselling marketplace – don’t think for a moment that the good old fashioned hardcopy has gone the way of the dodo. Voracious readers are not only still grabbing up hardcopy books by the millions, but authors and marketing pros need them more than ever as well.

In addition to taking advantage of those spontaneous opportunities to sell, there are several other smart ways newly published authors can use their author copies.

  1. Signing events. Signed hardcopies still hold a great deal of value for lovers of literature. Even if the face value of the book isn’t particularly high, readers value that personal touch that comes with an author’s signature. And, let’s face it, you’re probably not going to get the green light to sign their iPads and Kindles. Organize as many bookstore signing…

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Half of a Yellow Sun. Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie.

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Complex narrative. Complex characters. Complex relationships.This is an intelligently written book about war, gender inequality, colonialism, social class relations in Africa and human nature. Or rather, how war impacts upon human nature. The author gently urges us to step out of our comfort zones as we journey with her vibrant characters through the Biafran civil war.

The greatest challenge for me in reading Half of a Yellow Sun was to fully comprehend the main reason for the war. Was it post -independence nationalism and the quest to gain freedom from “Nigeria” a colonial construct? Was the war mainly caused by the divide and rule politics of the British colonial legacy? ( p166) Was it the then heightened tribal differences between the Hausa and the Igbo?

“The problem with the Igbo people is that they want to control everything in this country. Everything. Why can’t they stay in the East? They…

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I Know Why The Caged Bird Sings ( Maya Angelou )

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Maya’s storytelling style appeals to the child in each and every one of us. Her writing is vivid, clear and lucid. Her precise descriptions of sights and sounds are wonderful. It is heartbreaking that at only eight years old, she is brutally raped by her mother’s lover. And so begins the most beautiful song in the world of the journey that takes her from tragedy to triumph. From a very tender age, Maya internalises harmful racist imagery. She looks forward to the day when she will wake from her black ugly dream and her hair which would be long and blond would take the place of the kinky moss that Momma (grandmother) wouldn’t let her straighten. “My light blue eyes were going to hypnotise them”. (4) Yet in reality, white people who lived on the other side of town, were not real were not even people. (23).

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The 35 Writers Who Run the Literary Internet


The debate as to whether the Internet is good or bad for literature doesn’t seem any closer to resolution now than when it began, years ago, but the fact remains that some people in the literary world are excellent at using Twitter, Tumblr, Facebook, and even Instagram or Pinterest to communicate with readers and get people interested in what they’re writing. These aren’t the writers who have hundreds of thousands of Twitter followers but only tweet when they have a book come out, or the ones who write a guest blog post every year to get their names back into the conversation.

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