Monthly Archives: October 2012

Is it okay to be left handed?

Just found this: another pretty awesome Australian video encouraging an awareness of bullying issues. The video was created for Beyond Blue, an Australian organisation which aims to prevent and support instances of depression. In the video, a boy is being bullied and tormented because he is left-handed – this is linked to LGBT issues and raises the question: why would you torment someone for being who they are?

A very interesting video!

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Book Review: Anna Karenina by Leo Tolstoy

I have just finished an epic reading of Leo Tolstoy’s Anna Karenina (epic, because of the sheer size of the novel at 806 pages, and also because I read it over two and a half months), and largely I have found that I enjoyed it, that I liked it. But I did not love it.

Rating: 3.5 out of 5

Anna Karenina is an incredibly well written book, and Tolstoy engages with the key issues of humanity in a magnificent way. The novel is filled with dialogue on moral, philosophical and social issues, as well as the everyday demands of the character’s lives. And this is where I find issue with the novel. I am a simple reader – I like my stories to consist of well-structured characters who find themselves in situations (whether they be realistic or fantastic) that force them to reassess their own views and actions, to change and adapt in order to survive and to thrive. Anna Karenina is not that kind of book.

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It’s been awhile… July Short Reviews

Apologies for being AWOL over the last three months or so, real life caught up with me! But hopefully that’s over with… Here are my July short reviews, I should follow up shortly with a review of Anna Karenina (I’ve been reading it since July 24!).

July Short Reviews

Mentioned this month:

  • Moment of Truth and Hour of Need by Michael Pryor
  • The Free Fellows League by Rebecca Hagan Lee

 

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