Review: We Need New Stories

Posted 9 June, 2020 by Lianne in Books / 0 Comments

We Need New Stories: Challenging the Toxic Myths Behind Our Age of Discontent
By: Nesrine Malik
Format/Source: Paperback; my purchase

It is becoming clear that the old frames of reference are not working, that the narratives used for decades to stave off progressive causes are being exposed as falsehoods. Six myths have taken hold, ones which are at odds with our lived experience and in urgent need of revision.

Has freedom of speech become a cover for promoting prejudice? Has the concept of political correctness been weaponised to avoid ceding space to those excluded from power? Does white identity politics pose an urgent danger? These are some of the questions at the centre of Nesrine Malik’s radical and compelling analysis that challenges us to find new narrators whose stories can fill the void and unite us behind a shared vision.

I first heard about this book from the Guardian books podcast. It sounded really interesting so I decided to check it out last year.

The book was promising, tackling major issues today related to free speech, identity, politics, gender politics; it’s why I decided to check it out. But having read it now, I’m not sure if my mind was just not with it or the time in which I read the book affected my reading but I thought the explanations and suggestions the writer posed didn’t resonate as much as I thought it would. The book is certainly timely, with the current public discourse, however the book doesn’t convery anything new or groundbreaking other tha a more balanced and re-examination of certain ideas. It didn’t spark a sense of new ideas or thoughts for me.

This book may require a re-read later on on my part but overall I’m rather disappointed, I guess I expected more out of this book.

Rating: ★★★☆☆

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