Posts by Claudia Marinaro

“Uncle Tom’s Cabin” – Harriet Beecher Stowe

——————————————————————————————— In English ——————————————————————————————— Harriet Beecher Stowe’s novel is one of those books that most people know about, but few have actually read. I was one of them, until I decided to learn more about slavery – and surely I learnt a lot from reading this novel. Despite the title, Uncle Tom’s Cabin does not focus only on Uncle Tom but follows the destinies of several slaves in 19th hundred

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“Their Eyes Were Watching God” − Zore Neale Hurston

——————————————————————————————— In English ——————————————————————————————— Florida, late 1920s or ‘30s. A few years after leaving with her third-husband-to-be, Afro-American Janie Crawford returns, dishevelled and broken-hearted, to Eatonville. As the whole town starts gossiping, she sees her fried Pheoby and, in a flashback almost as long as the whole book, she starts narrating her life. We follow Janie from her teenage, when she was persuaded by her grandmother to marry a white

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“How Late It Was, How Late” – James Kelman

——————————————————————————————— In English ——————————————————————————————— James Kelman’s How Late It Was, How Late has been around for almost twenty years, but it has not gained as much international recognition as it deserves. The novel, narrated through a stream of consciousness comparable with Virginia Woolf’s Mrs. Dalloway, follows a couple of days in the life of Glaswegian Sammy Samuels. A 38 year-old unemployed, Sammy wakes up in a lane, still drunk after

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