Reviews Archives - The Millions

July 17, 2017

Returning to Walden 1

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The novel achieves the alchemy of good fiction through which philosophy takes on all the flaws and ennoblements of real, embodied life.

July 12, 2017

The World-Spanning Humanism of Mohsin Hamid 3

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The basic fact of movement, if a cause and consequence of profound violence, also signals, in the novel, the more hopeful potentialities of planetary interconnection.

July 7, 2017

Redactions to Reveal: Poetry in an Age of Censorship 10

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The 70 poems selected for Out of Context speak to the toll erasure takes on any given artist.

July 5, 2017

Do Sex Dolls Dream of Electric Sheep? On Alissa Nutting’s ‘Made for Love’ 3

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Let’s just put it out there: go read this book.

June 30, 2017

The Miseducation of Henry Adams 7

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The running joke of the book is that Adams continually fails at everything he turns his hand to: he speaks repeatedly of not being able to understand, of being left out of the conversation, of being excluded, of failing, of not being equal to the task at hand.

June 22, 2017

The Harrowing Translations of Valeria Luiselli 2

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The number of refugees is staggering and the circumstances harrowing: If you are a girl crossing the border from Mexico, there is an 80 percent chance that you will be raped.

June 20, 2017

The King of Shopping Mall Surrealism 1

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McClanahan is not afraid to hold the royal and holy up alongside the mundane and banal. He cups them all together and the result is a book that is as tender as it is fierce.

June 13, 2017

Teju Cole’s Incantations 5

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In Blind Spot, Cole creates a space in which to notice himself noticing—he’s the third echo in the series, and invites us to stand in as the next—and the result is something richer and more ambiguous than we might have anticipated.

June 2, 2017

Resistance Blooms in Nigeria 0

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Abubakar Adam Ibrahim’s novel goes beyond a tragic love story and proves not just a biting critique of Nigeria’s political structures but also of its cultural, religious, and gendered norms, challenging what a woman can and can’t do within a conservative society.

May 23, 2017

Lineage of Restless Women: On Kristen Radtke’s ‘Imagine Wanting Only This’ 0

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Family is how many people understand the world, and that’s okay, but for many women, art is the key to unlocking the mysteries of life.