When Otto and Xavier Shin declare their love, an aunt gifts them a trip on a sleeper train to mark their new commitment--and to get them out of her house. Setting off ...more
PEACES is framed as a whimsical train journey where bizarre and inexplicable things happen, so I though ...more
Is it because she loves k-dramas, chinese poets, certain TYPES OF BRITISH things, fairy tales and teapots (amongst other things).
Her last 3 books have been my favorites: Gingerbread, What is Not Yours is Not Yours, and now Peaces.
My logical mind has little idea what is going on in Peaces. But its a limitation of the reader, and not the work. I read it too fast b/c I was enjoying the ride and now I need to read it over and over agai. With each subsequent rea ...more
This book just really made me think of an absurdist work, like something by Thomas Pynchon. There is so little to really grasp onto to keep the reader curious about the plot, and going from chapter to chapter feels co ...more
I stuck with it and eventually all the pieces started coming together, the characters started to really click for me, and the ...more
Hey book lovers! I can't believe it's been a month since my last post. I've been reading, but haven't been in the mood to write for some reason. I imagine it's because we didn't have a March break at school until this week, and so March was a very long month both as an educator and a parent. We have this week off, and our province is on lockdown, so I am looking forward to catching up on some book reviews. Today, I'm here with a book review for Peaces by Helen Oyeyemi. After giving Gingerbread 3...more
the synopsis of this reads like a wes anderson film and in pretty much any other au ...more
I was so nervous after really bouncing out of Oyeyemi's prior book and having some difficult conversations about BOY SNOW BIRD that this wouldn't go well. Isn't that always the way, when you hope that the experience of a favorite author's new work will match up to the ones that made them a favorite in the first place? Wonderfully, PEACES is Oyeyemi in fine form -- with all the wonder and frustration that entails.
One thing that strikes me is how many of her novels rely (yes, fai ...more
This is definitely a book where you need to sit back and just let it take you where it wants to take you. It's both whimsical and unnerving, and goes in a lot of unexpected directions at a pace that seems almost aimless (until the last act). This meandering quality, this feeling that nothing is really happening (particularly in the beginning of the book) is made enjoyable purely by Oyeyemi's skill on the sentence level. There are just so many del ...more
I am generally a big fan of Oyeyemi; her previous novel was one of my favorites of 2019. This one didn’t really work for me, though. It centers on a thirty-something gay couple who, along with their pet mongoose, are taking a mysterious trip on a mysterious train. But the whole thing is too surreal for my tastes. I love the fantastic, but surrealism is just not my thing. I did love the narrative voice (and the couple and their relationship), and the end wa ...more
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funny, enthralling and exciting - loved it. ...more