Understand that desire is to consume your suffering.
“He has a compulsion to make a mark on this world. It‘s been bred into him. He allows himself a sour chuckle at that last quip. ‘It‘s late we should go to bed.‘ He tells me I‘m easy to talk to. That we‘re honest with each other. He says he loves that about me. ‘Ok‘ he says. He‘s going to tell me something. Something honest. Something he‘s never told anyone.”
This book is about the British colonialist structure and what it is like living in it as a modern black woman. The daily injustices, minor and major. While this is an important book, I wish the author would have given it a more personal and surgical cut. It left me wanting. 2/5 ⭐️
Holy heck this was good. Beautifully written stream-of-consciousness of a brilliant and very self aware Black British woman. Some bits left me with more of a feeling than proper understanding of the words, but as a whole this book is an important and relevant read (which I‘ll return to in the future, to better absorb all the subtleties). If you‘re looking for short and thought provoking, this one is a 🤘🏽
I know you shouldn‘t judge a book by it‘s cover but this one got me. In my defense I only had a few moments to choose something with an impatient family waiting for me and I really wanted to support one of my favorite Dorset indies. So I went for something that caught my eye 🤷🏻♀️
There‘s a lot to admire about this slim volume, but it‘s another case where I feel unqualified to speak about the subject matter. I‘ll be thinking about it for a while.
Impressive. So much intensity in this slim book that contains fragments of thoughts of a young Black British woman over a course of a day (or so). Loads of insights into Black British identity, class, and gender. Also makes you think about the lasting effects of colonialism for people of colour in Britain..(apparently the history of British Empire is not effectively taught in school curriculum today??) The writing style..⬇️
Drizzly day, so I made carrot cake while listening to the tagged book. #audiobaking
I was inspired by @Lindy and picked up a copy of Baking With Dorie. This is the carrot muffins recipe with a few modifications. Couldn't find my muffin pan, so here we are.
February 2022 Wrap Up
Assembly: Natasha Brown 📖
Moonstone: The Boy Who Never Was : Sjon 📖
A Girl is a Body of Water: Jennifer Nansubuga Makumbi 📖
Fruit of the Drunken Tree: Ingrid Rajas Contreras 📖
The Performance: Claire Thomas 📖
Goodnight, Nobody: Michael Knight 📖
The Sea, The Sea : Iris Murdoch 📖
The Lincoln Highway: Amor Towles 🎧
The Book of Form and Emptiness: Ruth Ozeki 🎧
Wow. For such a short book, there was a lot packed inside. The writing was crisp, insightful, and packed a punch. Brown now a must-buy based on this one. Look forward to seeing more of her work in the future.
I guess Natasha Brown is an author to read then.
A powerful, deeply uncomfortable look at Britain through the experiences of a ‘successful‘ (exhausted) young Black woman. For such a slight book, it contains a lot. Very strong pick.
Thanks for the recommendations @TrishB @squirrelbrain
I‘m not sure how the author manages to fit in a whole critique of race in todays Britain in 100 pages and for the reader to immediately be drawn into her story. I definitely wanted more, but what there is packs a sad punch.
Oof, this was a tough one that will stay with me for a while. It certainly packs a punch for such a small book.
We hear the internal dialogue of an unnamed black woman who has had to battle for everything that she has achieved, and is now facing her biggest battle.
I do think the narrative could have been expanded in places, to give even greater impact, but this is such a good debut.
(2021) Oof, this one is tough: internal dialog of a black woman who has risen to success in the banking industry ... and still has to justify her existence every day to every one. Then, facing a health crisis, has to justify it to herself. Lean, direct, and powerful.
Not a single ounce of happiness in this one 😖
Super short but no less impactful.
Black and British, our narrator is part of the 1% because of her hard work but cannot escape the pervasive racism I. Her life which she recounts while preparing to attend her boyfriend‘s family‘s garden party.
What struck me most is spoiler territory so it‘s hidden in the comments.
A small gem. Says so much in so few words, perfectly pitched, complex characters and so many themes explored, organically and in beautiful prose, all within 100 pages. Packs a punch. We discuss this on our latest episode of ‘Books on The Go‘ podcast up now. Annie‘s favourite book of 2021 so far! 🎧
Because I woke up early and watched BookTube.
Only on page one and I‘m already mad, upset, angry and disgusted by circumstances.
This already feels necessary.
A deep internal dialogue through race, class, expectations, belonging, health, and hurt. This was wonderful. A short novella of 100 pages. I loved the flickering internal dialogue between health, work, and a country house weekend. Questions of what to do, the exhaustion of trying to hide from the brutality of never being allowed to belong. Stabbing ignorance and thoughtless righteousness. This novella packs a punch. 5/5
In his playful moods, my boyfriend tells me I‘ve got lots of money. Much more than him. He says I‘m the one per cent.
Well, money is one thing. He has wealth. Tied up in assets in trusts and holding companies with complicated ownership arrangements. Things he pretends to refuse to understand. Compounded over generations.
What‘s the difference? he asks. I tell him. One of us goes to work at six a.m. each morning. The other sits browsing the papers
Race, micro-aggressions and British colonisation are the main themes in this short novel, which is written in a very spare, precise prose and detached, fragmented style, but with heavy punch and a lot of thoughts to think about it. Humiliate, assimilate, eradicate …
Now THAT'S how to write a novella. An incisive distillation of how racism seeps into every aspect of the unnamed narrator's life and thoughts despite her apparent success, leaving her, as she sees it, with nothing but stark choices. Sparse, spare prose, every word hitting its mark #bookspin @TheAromaofBooks