Eleanor Oliphant is Completely Fine – #LooksAtBooks Review

A new #LooksAtBooks post? How long has it been? This segment suffered over summer, when I was mostly reading trash that I didn’t want to admit to, but we’re back with a review of Eleanor Oliphant is Completely Fine.

This recent release proved popular online, with many readers praising its heart-warming portrayal of personal growth and sharp insights into modern loneliness and isolation.

My phone doesn’t ring often—it makes me jump when it does—and it’s usually people asking if I’ve been mis-sold Payment Protection Insurance. I whisper ‘I know where you live to them,’ and hang up the phone very, very gently.

There are moments of inspired phrasing and a refreshing matter-of-factness to prop this story up, but generally speaking, I wasn’t sold on it. Perhaps I was expecting something different, but I wasn’t entirely convinced by many of the characters, and found the protagonist more irritating than charmingly quirky… more thoughts below.


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#UniMentalHealthDay

Today is University Mental Health Day; an important point in the calendar to remember that illnesses are not always visible, and that individual struggles are not always audible. A helping hand, a sympathetic chat, and taking time out of your day to make sure that the people around you feel appreciated and cared for won’t fix every problem, but it is so important to make sure that no one feels alone. Continue reading “#UniMentalHealthDay”

Reviews for the Revolution: Language, Coercion and Ritual in Arthur Koestler’s ‘Darkness at Noon’

Today we’re talking Doublespeak, guilty-until-proven-innocent and mass political rituals in the Reviews for the Revolution look at Arthur Koestler’s Darkness at Noon- ends and means politics, prisoner of the mind narrative, and the idea of coercion and guilt as ideological motivation.

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New Directions

Welcome to two brand new series of blog posts- ‘Bare Facts’ and ‘Reviews for the Revolution.’

‘Bare Facts’ are a stripped back look at what is going on in politics and current affairs, with the intention of providing facts and objective truths. Hopefully it will be a useful basis for editorial blog posts in the future, but I hope that they will also be useful for you in your own day-to-day debates and defence. It’s always good to know exactly what you’re talking about.

‘Reviews for the Revolution’ are book reviews and analyses of political or politicised texts which I believe to be helpful or insightful to current political situations.
In times like these I find myself increasingly looking for new guiding lights and old words of comfort and inspiration.

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