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.

DC Exhibition: Dawn Of Super Heroes

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A new exhibition called DC Exhibition: Dawn Of Super Heroes at the O2 in London, England provides an in-depth look into the how all of the characters were fashioned. The exhibition is also displaying some costumes from superhero movies, as well as early comic book covers, plenty of pages from comic books and preliminary works of art which includes superheroes like Batman and Superman.

The costumes on display are from films, like Batman Forever (1995), Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice (2016) and Justice League (2017) and is inclusive of costumes of both superheroes, like Batman and Wonder Woman, plus of villains, like The Joker and Two-Face. In my outlook, the most striking costume on display at the exhibition is that of Catwoman – it is a ripped black costume which equate well with the feline-natured superhero’s provocative avatar.

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.


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Capsule Review

Charlie Puth’s second album provides a different take on contemporary pop sounds. But was it really necessary for Charlie to reinvent (with pop)? Featuring collaborations with a range of music artists (like, Kehlani), the album also has Charlie aboard as the producer for the first time. The 26-year-old, very shockingly, actually manages to impress with Voicenotes: Puth’s version of pop might be quite gritty but it is still remarkably catchy. It very much proves that something as brilliant as pop can be diversified in form and the result of that can be so good too. Standout tracks include: Attention and How Long.

Rating: 8/10