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    • WHERE is the love -- Black Eyed Peas 
    •   Mmm, I'm not sure you're right here. Writers are taught not to use superflous words - I think it can generally be assumed that when someone gives birth to a boy it's a baby, not a six year old with scabby knees. Therefore 'baby' is redundant because it's pretty obvious the annuncement isn't referring to a toddler or a hamster for that matter.   Another of my bugbears is when people say that they're going 'horseback' riding. Firstly what are they riding if not a horse? A cow? An elephant? A camel?  Someone going out on a machine will normally say 'bike ride' or 'out on the scooter'. Secondly, okay, so it might be a donkey (but that's more usually known as a donkey ride) but where are you going to ride it if not on its back? The neck? Hangng off the tail?  
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    • The Island of Sheep, John Buchan.  The fifth in the Richard Hannay series
    • Review of The End of Eddy by Edouard Louis, translated by Michael Lucey   This is a novel based on Louis' own upbringing, growing up in the 1990s in northern France (a small village in the Picardy region). To this life, Eddy is born as his father's first and mother's third child (her first husband died from cirrhosis of the liver). His father also seems to be going to go that way, with an alcohol problem mixed with a fighting problem. His father's alcohol fuelled rages often descending into tirades against homosexuality.   Eddy as a boy is effeminate and this causes difficulty as where he is growing up, an importance is placed on the gender roles of masculinity and femininity (indeed this showed when eddy's father was annoyed when he found out in the home care job that his mum was doing, she was earning €1,000 so had forced her to give it up), role that as a boy Eddy doesn't fit. His father found it humiliating when he had to try to find reasons why young Eddy didn't want to play football. Eddy was also better friends with girls than with boys (later on when refering to boys he hung around with, he would use mates  italicised to indicate that he didn't really feel that way.   Despite this, the homophobia expressed by his parents, there are some tenderness in their relationship and his father despite some protestations, does love Eddy as shown   I could really identify to the problems in part 1 that Eddy experienced, trying to fit in in gender roles when you don't naturally fit in to them. Part 2 not so much but part 1 about the difficulty of trying to fit in to an ideal that you don't fit into, I can relate.   There is a brutal honesty in the narrative which I appreciated. It was a novel I really liked and a real credit to Louis' writing.   * * * * *
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