This Maltese Woman Knows: Kulħadd Ħalla Isem Warajh (2014)

You know those Romantics; always bitching at each others’ throats. For instance Keats, who didn’t like Coleridge much because he believed that he valued knowledge over beauty. Keats, for one, didn’t, and he married both splendidly in what at the time passed for #coleridgesucks: a letter. On the 21st of December 1817, he wrote to his…

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Guilty as Charged: Volens (2013)

“Il-misħun imdemmi baqa’ javvanza bla waqfien. Bla hedu. Sakemm kif laħaq ix-xfar u ntebaħ li ma kellux iżjed appoġġ iżżerżaq mal-ġenb tal-banju jfittex ta’ xejn minn fejn ħa jiżgiċċa. Il-liġi tal-gravita’ iżda fis tatu palata. It-tapit kafellatte Nouveau, kontra qalbu, kanġa surtu fil-ħamrani. Foga u sħana. U titpin. U demm kemm trid.” —–O—– Way back…

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The Perks of Being a Wallflower (1999)

🙂 🙂 🙂 😦 😦 “Charlie, we accept the love we think we deserve.” Hailed by some critics as being The Catcher in the Rye for a new generation, The Perks of Being a Wallflower is an epistolary bildungsroman mixed bag of teenage perplexity and soap opera. Charlie finds it hard to fit in. He…

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A Monster Calls (2011)

🙂 🙂 🙂 🙂 🙂 A Monster Calls, Patrick Ness‘s award-winning novel for young adults, is a harsh yet endearing tale about growing up and facing difficult moments in life. Conor’s mum is seriously ill and he takes it upon himself to take care of her. Life at school offers meagre solace as he is…

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A Tale of the Other Mother: Magna Mater (2011)

L-orizzont quddiemhom kien linja fina u definita qisha maqtugħa fil-ħġieġ. It’s gratifying to think of the self as a unique entity that exists somewhere deep down inside one’s soul or mind (take your pick), and that in spite of all the strife, noise, compromises, disappointments, frustrations, missed opportunities and bad luck, this self remains there,…

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