The Book of Laughter & Forgetting – Milan Kundera: Review & Recommend | ELLIE LOVES

TW: rape fantasies, scenes of sexual nature involving children, suicide (non-graphic).

Welcome back, and happy Saturday! Today I’m reviewing Milan Kundera’s The Book of Laughter and Forgetting, translated from French by Aaron Asher, and from the original Czech by Kundera himself. I had previously read a short story by Kundera before reading this, but I wasn’t quite prepared for this novel. I’m not sure it’s really a novel, rather a series of connected parts told from various perspectives. The earlier parts, I found mostly enjoyable, but the book became more surreal, more avant-garde, and deals with more taboo topics that made parts of the book unpleasant to read.

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The Vanishing Half – Brit Bennett: Review & Recommend | ELLIE LOVES

TW: colourism (pervasive throughout), racism (internalised, community-based), lynching (semi-graphic), domestic abuse (semi-graphic), sexual assault (throughout, semi-graphic, including abuse of minors), transphobia (CW).

I was really excited to read recently that The Vanishing Half has been longlisted for the 2021 Women’s Prize for Fiction! I know that there are a lot of issues around this prize, but I am glad to see this book getting the attention it deserves. I do plan to read a lot of the other long listed books (I’ve actually already read and reviewed Exciting Times) but many of the others have also caught my eye. I’m particularly excited to read Detransition, Baby by Torrey Peters, the first trans author to be nominated for the Women’s Prize. On a related note, I was excited to discover while reading that The Vanishing Half also contains trans representation. So, let’s get into why I enjoyed this book so much.

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The 7 Husbands of Evelyn Hugo: Review & Recommend | ELLIE LOVES

I have previously received PR products from Penguin, who own Simon & Schuster.

CW: underage relationship, domestic abuse, homophobia, alcoholism, cancer, suicide. No CWs are discussed in this review, only mentioned.

If you’re on book twitter or bookstagram and you’ve not heard of this book, I would be surprised. Taylor Jenkins Reid is a pretty popular author right now, and I totally understand why. This book certainly did not disappoint me! I love books that do something a little bit different with the format, so The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo was one that I thought I’d enjoy from the off.

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Kudos – Rachel Cusk: Review & Recommend | ELLIE LOVES

CW for animal death (not discussed in this review)

This is going to be a bit of a different review today, because I wanted to talk about the Outline series by Rachel Cusk as well as the final book in the trilogy, and the one I recently read, Kudos. I think it’s kinda hard to review a book in a series without considering it in the wider context of the series as a whole anyway, so hopefully it’ll make sense.

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