Guestblog: The End of Eddy

Édouard Louis – The End of Eddy by Nynke Anna van der Mark The parameters of life in a small working-class town in Northern France in the 1990’s are narrow. Social life is centred around a few landmarks: the factory in which virtually all men in town work, the schoolyard where the women gossip, the bus stop where the youths come together and drink and the streets in which the children play. The inhabitants of this town navigate between these landmarks while adhering to the normative expectations of gender roles, sexuality, working life and family life. Alcohol and violence are … Continue reading Guestblog: The End of Eddy

The Good Muslim

The Good Muslim by Mojdeh Feili I bought the novel The Good Muslim by Tahmima Anam without realizing that it was a part of the Bengal Trilogy and this was part two. Actually, I did not even realize this while I was reading it and only found out when I was already finished with the book. The story told in this beautiful book stands on its own because it hit me pretty hard without having read part one. I didn’t even have a rough start with this one, I just eased into it and some nights continued reading way past … Continue reading The Good Muslim

The Power

The Power by Mojdeh Feili Naomi Alderman’s book The Power is very popular and features Margaret Atwood’s review on the cover, which describes it as “Electrifying”. This made it very promising but I always remain skeptical when a book is appreciated by the audience at large. However, Atwood’s opinion matters to me (I wrote my MA thesis on The Handmaid’s Tale) so I was excited. The influence of Atwood is very present in her work and it actually reminded me of The Handmaid’s Tale a lot. The way Alderman has played with gender relations resembles the way Atwood has done this as well but … Continue reading The Power

Exit West

Exit West by Mojdeh Feili I don’t judge a book by its cover, but I do form a preset opinion on whether I want to read it by reading the back cover. As always, I went into the American Book Centre in Amsterdam just to have a look because I had some time to kill. However, these kinds of ‘looks’ never end with walking out of the store and NOT buying anything. I came across Exit West and thought, hmm, let’s see. I read the back cover of this edition and thought: Ugh, a love story? Thanks, but no thanks! … Continue reading Exit West

A Thousand Splendid Suns

A Thousand Splendid Suns by Yasmina El Hilali “One could not count the moons that shimmer on her roofs, Or the thousand splendid suns that hide behind her walls.” When I was a fourteen-year-old wide-eyed kid, I hadn’t yet heard of the empowering and bold Jane Eyre. Living everyday life between the confines of my home, high school and the library, I was searching for a sense of identity. It would take a while before I’d find it. On the shelves of the local library, I stumbled upon Hosseini’s A Thousand Splendid Suns. And long before I would know miss … Continue reading A Thousand Splendid Suns

Between the World and Me / The Beautiful Struggle

Between the World and Me / The Beautiful Struggle by Yasmina El Hilali “And then he was swinging away, channeling a chi ancient as Equiano. The power was passed down from mothers guarding their sons from the lash, and later from the pyre, rope, fat sheriff. My father swung with the power of an army  of slaves in revolt. He swung like he was afraid like the world was closing in on him, like was trying to save my life” In my last year of university, I was looking for a thesis topic when my professor suggested I look into … Continue reading Between the World and Me / The Beautiful Struggle

Rupi Kaur’s poetry

Rupi Kaur’s poetry by Mojdeh Feili My introduction to Rupi Kaur’s work was through her first poetry collection called milk and honey. I had heard several people mention it and had no idea what to expect. I ordered the book because it was on sale, thinking I could give it a chance. Soon, I fell in love with her poetry. First, let me tell you a little bit about Rupi Kaur herself. She was born in Punjab, India and moved to Canada with her family when she was only four years old. She published milk and honey by means of … Continue reading Rupi Kaur’s poetry