The Vegetarian – Han Kang: Review & Recommend | ELLIE LOVES

The Vegetarian was the last book I read in April, and wow, what a way to finish the month! Han Kang’s novel is told across three parts, each with a focus on a different character. Each different character bears some relationship to the central character, the vegetarian herself, Yeong-Hye. I had heard before I started reading this book that it’s ‘weird’, and to some extent, I agree. This is not a book for the faint-hearted, as it is gory and repulsive in places. Despite the subject matter, Kang’s talent for writing and Deborah Smith’s amazing translation transforms this story into something that is, somehow, beautiful.

Warning: this book contains sensitive topics, including rape, suicide attempts/self-harm, eating disorders, and mental illness, and this review will discuss some of those topics.Read More »

Review & Recommend: The Topeka School - Ben Lerner

The Topeka School – Ben Lerner: Review & Recommend | LATEST RELEASES

I saw Ben Lerner speak in Foyles in London back in November for the launch of his third novel, the final in a pseudo-trilogy, The Topeka School. Lerner has been making a name for himself in the world of academia for a few years now, with his autofiction works, and his poetry collections and essays. The Topeka School is one of these works of autofiction. This book follows the protagonist of his first, though in some way, the protagonist of his second novel is also the same man. In The Topeka School, Lerner uses his fiction to explore his family background for the first time. His earlier novels, Leaving the Atocha Station and 10:04 both focus on early adulthood, with little consideration of the childhood lives of their respective, fictionalised versions of Lerner.Read More »