The historical novel has always been characterised by a formative tension – the demands of history versus the demands of story. The author is caught between relegating the past to a prettified background, or the characters to merely personified social forces. Michelle Aung Thin’s début novel tends more towards the former than the latter, illustrating both the dangers and the pleasure to be found in negotiating between these poles.
Elena Gomez reviews 'The Monsoon Bride' by Michelle Aung Thin
The Monsoon Bride
by Michelle Aung Thin
Text Publishing, $29.95 pb, 256 pp, 9781921758638
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Elena Gomez is an editorial assistant living in Sydney. Her writing has appeared in Eve’s Harvest, Kill Your Darlings and various nondescript corners of the internet.
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