My Top Books of 2017: First Quart

If you don’t like something, change it. If you can’t change it, change your attitude.      -Maya Angelou

‘Titus Groan’ – Mervyn Peake:

‘Titus Groan’, by Mervyn Peake, is an enigmatic novel, structured around the birth of the young heir to the throne; following the genre of fantasy, it is a narrative of delicacy and bewitchment.

The characterisation and naming in the narrative, is similar as that of Dickens: many names of deep uniquity such as ‘Sepulchrave’ are used, in order make the characters memorable. The shrewd and meticulous nature of this description, contributes to the slowly unfolding plot of the novel.

“We are all imprisoned by the dictionary. We choose out of that vast, paper-walled prison our convicts, the little black printed words, when in truth we need fresh sounds to utter, new enfranchised noises which would produce a new effect.”

To conclude, many enigmatic pictures are painted throughout the novel, each contributing therefore to a bank of poignant imagery. Enthralling are the descriptions of which ink is shed, each drop painting a tableau of elegancy.  Titus Groan is a novel of brilliant execution…

‘The Light Between Oceans’ – R.L. Stedman:

A pure, thought provoking, emotional, novel.

‘George’ – Alex Gino:

“BE WHO YOU ARE. When people look at George, they think they see a boy. But she knows she’s not…”

George by Alex Gino is a sensitive, engaging and beautiful novel which challenges views and perception. Regardless of our look, gender or build, we may be whoever want to be: we are individuals.

George wants to audition for Charlotte in her grade’s production of ‘Charlotte’s Web’. Although she wants the part, she is unfortunately not allowed to audition, due fact she is male. But she isn’t George – she is Melissa and wants to prove people wrong.

The book George relays a vital message, in a simplistic yet interesting manner. Despite the fact it is aimed at primary (middle) school children, I recommend this tender first-novel. Alex Gino’s ‘George’ is a book for all.

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The piece may follow any format, however it must consist of less than 500 words.

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The closing date for the competition is the 10th of March.

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