The complex friendship between Titch and Wash is one of the most compelling aspects of the novel, and their bond makes for a poignant story that Edugyan delivers with well-written and thought out prose.
“Everything Under,” Daisy Johnson’s 2018 Man Booker prize-shortlisted novel that relocates Sophocles’s “Oedipus Rex” to modern-day England and reinterprets the story through what some may call a feminist lens, has been praised for its daring alone. Well, here’s that pat on the back.
Everywhere I have lived in my life, people have told me their state’s weather is uniquely unpredictable. As a result, I have come to think that weather is weird in general, and this principle doesn’t vary too much from state to state.
It came up in conversation a short while ago that Verity and I were reading the same book — “Paradise Rot,” the debut novel of the Norwegian musician Jenny Hval. I asked Verity if she was interested in co-writing about Hval’s work, which is equally split between her writing and her musical projects, and would thus match our respective backgrounds in literature and music.
While initially the novel is disproportionately saturated with men and (at times, the often accurately ludicrous) male perspective, Kim thankfully escapes this trough by the final half of his novel. He offers several female characters, most centrally Mina, who is, with Reseng, one of the most fantastically formed characters.