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My true loves: Wilkie Collins, Leo Tolstoy, Fyodor Dostoevsky, Anais Nin, George Eliot, James Joyce, James Baldwin, George Orwell, Oscar Wilde, bell hooks, Chinua Achebe, Langston Hughes, William Shakespeare... I'm falling for : Italo Calvino, Toni Morrison, Frantz Fanon, Wole Soyinka, Ralph Ellison, Zora Neale Hurston, Albert Camus, Margaret Atwood, Somerset Maugham, Junot Diaz, A.S. Byatt... And the lists continue to grow! I will read almost anything, as long as it's well-written. I always love to expand my reading horizons.

Currently reading

Orientalism
Edward W. Said
Infinite Jest
David Foster Wallace
Finnegans Wake (Trade Paperback)
James Joyce
The Enid Blyton Story - Bob Mullan Enid Blyton is one of my favourite childhood authors and I thought it might be interesting to learn more about her and what her inspirations were in her books. I was quite surprised to learn that she blamed her mother for her parent's divorce and did not ever see her mother again, not even to attend her funeral! Enid Blyton's works were heavily criticized by critics, not only because of the racist depictions (gollywog dolls) but also because of her simplistic language and supposedly one-dimensional characters. I was disappointed that there wasn't really much on my favourite Enid Blyton series, The Magic Faraway Tree. Overall, it was a stroll down memory lane (with great pictures!) and raised some interesting arguments about censorship and the librarian's role in deciding which books to accept for the library.