Articles by Madeleine LaRue

August 4, 2017

A Pattern of Freedom: On Can Xue’s ‘Frontier’ 0

While readers approaching Frontier as a cipher to be decoded are likely to grow frustrated, those who allow themselves to be immersed in it as in music or painting will begin to perceive the novel’s complex harmonies.

March 19, 2015

Choosing Not to Flee: On Helen Macdonald’s ‘H is for Hawk’ 0

The echoes of myth in Macdonald’s writing, however subtle and unobtrusive, lend her book an emotional weight usually reserved only for literature, and a grace only for poetry.