Ayiti fictionally looks into the lives of Haitian emigrants. Stories included in the book, such as that of a woman sleeping with a soldier (and her boarder) from another country, plus a husband and a wife looking for a way into America by boat, does an excellent job in vividly portraying what Haitians can be like.

The book also provides a way to contemplate about just what could propel Haitians to leave Haiti (a poor nation) for America. One tale in the book, for example, paints this unpleasant picture of American tourists as people who are very interested in Haiti for the streetwalkers the country offers – this really makes you think about what kind of country these visitors must come from and in my outlook, it does not paint a very charming picture of America.

Similarly, another tale caricatures a young Haitian girl in America who is perceived by her contemporaries in an educational setup to be the odd one out. Stories like these beg the question of if there is actually any beauty left in the migrant fantasy of life in America; it seems dubious, I think, that the country’s prosperity can promise Haitian emigrants better lives than the ones they left back home in Haiti.


The Mitford Murders

The Mitford Murders provides an interesting portrayal of a posh household in Oxfordshire and also a thrilling examination of a murder, but in a fictional form. The previously mentioned household is that of the Mitfords and a poor woman called Louisa Canon lands a post there as a domestic worker plus an escort. Before that, Louisa was leading, in my outlook, an extremely hard life: Canon is the eighteen-year-old daughter of a washerwoman whose husband has died; she is the type of woman who genuinely needed to be saved from her penniless circumstances in London, and also a manhandling uncle.

Another tale which unravels in the book that connects itself to the previous one is that of Florence Nightingale Shore: in 1920, Shore was murdered aboard a train which was traveling in the middle of Victoria and St. Leonards; Nancy and Louisa remarkably get involved in finding Florence’s murderer. Shore used to be a nurse who had served during war and in this case the chief suspected person is somebody who was dressed in a brown suit, plus aboard the same train as Florence.


A Little History of the World

A Little History of the World is a children’s book which was published in 1935 by Erenst H. Gombrich and was translated into English only in 2005. The book provides an uncomplicated introduction to history – one which can be read through and understood by children with only a basic idea of the subject because of its compact nature. The book can also act as fast and brief resource point for lovers of history; books like that are necessary when time is limited for a reader but eagerness to devour history still rages on which can only be satisfied with knowledge of the subject. The book has very good breadth: it does not only focus on feats of mankind but also on areas in history such as the Stone Age, World War II and the Treaty of Versailles and people like Julius Caesar and Adolf Hitler; it also covers art and science as well within the context of history.

Born Trump: Inside America’s First Family

A new book on Donald Trump places the spotlight on Trump’s children: Ivanka, Donald Jr., Eric, Barron and Tiffany. From the tales that the book provides, in my outlook, the children, surprisingly, do not collectively come across as fake. Instead, they appear as ordinary children with characters which can be criticized because of how they have led their lives. The tales, which includes stories like there are possibilities that Ivanka might have suffered more than once owing to medical mismanagement and also that Tiffany would peculiarly inspect the bill when out with her college-friends, are nonetheless quite interesting. Also, the tales from their lives are what makes you not want to entirely disregard the children of America’s current first family as a group of uninteresting and spoiled children with the spotlight placed upon them because their father is the current President of the United States.

24 Stories: of Hope for Survivors of the Grenfell Tower Fire

Last year, on the 14th of June a fire started in a building called Grenfell Tower, which spread and ended up charring the building and killing more than seventy people. The building is situated in London and a new book places the spotlight on the tragedy, with a compilation of stories from writers such as Mike Gayle, Irvine Welsh, Christopher Brrokmyre, Meera Syal, Nina Stibbe and Murray Lachlan Young.

People who collided with the event were left homeless and with bad memories but they were supplied aid – in fact, heaps of food and clothes stockpiled spaces like town halls for the calamity. The stories in the book mostly are cheery not tragic and that makes the book a very strange tribute to the incident in London. Nevertheless, what the book does really well is underline this idea that the calamity can also affect the victims in a mental capacity and also makes the survivors of it have faith upon society.

The surviving victims are stuck in an almost uncaring world. So, when a book comes in and makes it difficult for the Grenfell Tower incident to be forgotten, it also appears that when others experience hardship society isn’t entirely thoughtless.

My Life, Our Times

Capsule Review

Gordon Brown is known as a politician, who dislikes appearing publicly these days, and it’s probably a very good idea: Brown is not eloquent in communicating – this has always made him a British figure, who’s hard to connect with as a human being, but Brown insists that permitting his work as a politician to speak is all that’s necessary to make a difference on a global scale. That kind of character-blend instantly makes a failed politician, as the elections of 2010 proved, and yet Brown still maintains that during this age of social media networks, that’s what’s right. In many ways, Brown still comes across as the same person he was when he was the Prime Minister, which is something else that’s good because the expectation from his autobiography was that he provides an in-depth look into his world (of work): Brown doesn’t lack in many more drawbacks, as is often the general notion – as the country’s longest-serving Chancellor, Brown was (gratefully) trying his very best to control Tony Blair, the Prime Minister at the time, and he was also (memorably) a dependable British leader, when the banking crash happened on such a mammoth scale; for those things alone, if nothing else, Brown’s reflections of a lifetime in politics is a curious piece of work – one that is genuinely interested in the goodwill of the British people and national values.

Elizabeth: The Forgotten Years

Queen Elizabeth I is one of the most fascinating emperors to have ever ruled the United Kingdom. She is a vision in portraiture, literature and history for centuries now but much of her term in power is shrouded in some of the most catastrophic decisions ever made by an English ruler: from being an avid Protestant to granting lifetime imprisonment to the Queen of Scots, Mary. A new book by John Guy speaks in a similar tone of disagreement over Queen Elizabeth’s rule in England, although for quite a different set of reasons.

A captivating new look inside the life of one of the greatest English monarchs of all time
A captivating new look inside the life of one of the greatest English monarchs of all time

The book talks about the Spanish Armada episode and how the Queen successfully defended her kingdom from it. Moments such as these demonstrate what a great Queen she was despite Elizabeth’s many faults. It’s tough to imagine every ruler so wicked and steely, that the country manages to protect itself from a Spanish invasion for as long as Elizabeth I ruled the United Kingdom. John uncovers new historical documents which showcase negotiations the Queen was always ever busy in, with the Spanish to keep her kingdom very safe and secure. A subject of many foiled attempts to take Elizabeth’s life, the Queen always exudes a sense of calm and poised-strength that is hard to gather from other monarchs.

But Elizabeth I’s faults far outshadow her commitment to coming off as a great Queen. She must have given her secretary Sir Francis Drake numerous headaches despite his entrenched loyalty to his duty, Elizabeth was filled with lies and also liked to divide and rule her kingdom, which was unfair to say the least. And to top all that off she also had an affair with the Earl of Leicester, who she never married because her throne depended on it. The book is a good counterargument against picturing Elizabeth I as a stuffy (and powerful) woman-in-control, and for that alone it is a remarkable historical narrative about a Queen and her glorious rule in the United Kingdom as a monarch, which should really always be taken at face value.