2017/02/25

BOOK REVIEW:
ARE PRISONS OBSOLETE? BY ANGELA Y. DAVIS

Title: Are Prisons Obsolete?
Author: Angela Y. Davis
Published: 2003
Language: English
Pages: 128
Rating: 4/5


Summary:
This book discusses the abolishment of the prison system as it is in America today and how the time for the prison is nearing an end.


Review:
This was quite an interesting book.

Davis is a massively intelligent women and when one knows who she is and a bit about her life, it makes her thoughts on this matter all the more interesting. I especially enjoyed the parts that dealt with race and gender. The book is very well written, eloquent and powerful.

I can't help but compare this book to The New Jim Crow by Michelle Alexander, which I read a while back, as that book is basically an expanded version of this. I feel like this serves as a good introduction to the thought of abolishing the prison system in America, but for me, who has read quite a lot about this, it wasn't anything new.

New to me or not, this was well worth the read and I think it's a great book. If you're new to this topic, I would especially recommend it, but if not, it's still worth checking out.
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2017/02/22

BOOK REVIEW:
THE FISHERMEN BY CHIGOZIE OBIOMA

Title: The Fishermen
Author: Chigozie Obioma
Published: 2015
Language: English
Pages: 304
Rating: 3/5


Summary:
Set in Nigeria in the 1990's, this is about four brothers who encounter a madman whose prophecy changes their lives forever.


Review:
I bought this book a while back, when I saw it was on the shortlist for the Man Booker prize a couple of years ago. And although I definitely enjoyed this, I think perhaps my expectations were a wee bit high.

The writing in this is quite good and there are some really beautiful parts in here. The story is compelling and fascinating, as well as the culture and family structure described. The characters were especially wonderful though - reading about the four brothers was absolutely captivating.

I think the first part of the book did drag on a bit, and sometimes I felt like the writing got a bit carried away with its metaphors. I can't quite put my finger on what it is, but something about this made me slightly wary. Maybe it was because my expectations were so high.

The fact that this book is the authors debut novel is quite impressive though, and I will definitely be checking out more of his work in the future. It's definitely worth checking out.

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2017/02/21

BOOKSTAGRAM SPOTLIGHT: @THELITTLEBOOKSHELF

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2017/02/20

BOOK REVIEW:
SCARS ACROSS HUMANITY BY ELAINE STORKEY

Title: Scars Across Humanity: Understanding and Overcoming Violence Against Women
Author: Elaine Storkey
Published: 2015
Language: English
Pages: 276
Rating: 3/5


Summary:
In a mix between research and personal testimonies, this book explores different forms of violence against women across the globe.


Review:
This was definitely an interesting read.

It's a rather uncomfortable read, as it should be. I think a lot of people already know parts or all of what is offered in this book, but it's quite horrifying to see it all together and for that, it gave me something new. The book offers both facts and fascinating discussions around those facts, as well as heartbreaking testimonies from real people around the world.

It is, however, not without it's flaws, and there are two things I find could've been better. The first thing is that I felt the testimonies of the women around the world (which the author has spoken to on her travels) were not given enough room. Often there was just a small quote and a very short biography, and it left them a bit faceless. The second thing is the conclusion; I found it too short and sort of unhelpful, as the author chose to focus on her own faith as part of the answer, which as a non-Christian, I found a bit narrow and restrictive (that only came up in that chaper though and was luckily left out of the rest of the book).

It is an important book and showcases crucial facts about violence against women in many forms, and for that, it is worth the read and I would recommend it.

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