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Lote by Shola von Reinhold


Shola von Reinhold

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Imprint: Jacaranda Books Art Music Ltd
Publisher: Jacaranda Books Art Music Ltd
Publication date: 26 Mar 2020
ISBN: 9781913090111

A literary novel which follows present-day narrator Mathilda's fixation with the forgotten black Scottish modernist poet, Hermia Drumm, LOTE is an exploration of aesthetics, Beauty, and the ephemeral realm in which they exist.

3 stars out of 5
Houman Barekat
10 Jun 2020

"...as a celebration of eccentric esprit, LOTE practises what it preaches by being stubbornly its own thing."

Waging this struggle through the medium of fetishistic nostalgia seems a little incongruous: Mathilda’s throwback persona manifests itself in Von Reinhold’s prose style, which is heavy on submodifiers such as “rather” and “entirely”; “veritable” crops up repeatedly. The novel’s twee-adjacent idiosyncrasies may grate on some readers, but they are thematically apt: as a celebration of eccentric esprit, LOTE practises what it preaches by being stubbornly its own thing.