Search Results: "Alain Baraton"


BOOK REVIEW

THE GARDENER OF VERSAILLES by Alain Baraton
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: March 4, 2014

"The descriptions of the various sites on the grounds could only come from a man fortunate enough to have lived on and loved the site for almost 40 years."
Versailles head gardener and TV host Baraton reflects on his three decades tending some of the most beautiful gardens in the world. Read full book review >

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ALL SHOOK UP! by Alain Crozon
CHILDREN'S
Released: Aug. 1, 2015

"Don't bother to lift these flaps. (Novelty board book. 2-4)"
Whimsical, big-eyed animals move to an Elvis beat with the lift or swing of a flap. Read full book review >

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THE IMMOBILE EMPIRE by Alain Peyrefitte
NON-FICTION
Released: Nov. 1, 1992

"But while Peyrefitte's nearly day-by-day account will fascinate Sinologists and students of East-West affairs, it may prove too detailed for the average reader. (Sixteen pages of full-color illustrations and six maps—not seen.)"
A painstakingly researched, gracefully written, but far too leisurely account of the misadventures of an 18th-century British royal delegation to the Celestial Court of the Chinese Emperor Qianlong. Read full book review >

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THE DISCOVERY OF THE PAST by Alain Schnapp
NON-FICTION
Released: April 1, 1997

"A fascinating, highly intelligent look at man's obsession with finding evidence of his past. (370 illustrations) (Natural Science Book Club main selection)"
From Schnapp (Art and Archaeology/Univ. of Paris), a meticulously researched, beautifully crafted, and consistently absorbing history of the practice of archaeology from ancient times. Read full book review >

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A RUSSIAN MOTHER by Alain Bosquet
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Feb. 1, 1996

"What provoked this self-absorbed recital may lie still buried in its author's psyche; it isn't on the page."
First English translation of the well-known poet's fiction: an openly autobiographical novel originally published in 1978, when it won France's Grand Prix du Roman. Read full book review >

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RIMBAUD IN ABYSSINIA by Alain Borer
Released: Nov. 22, 1991

By age 20, when he mysteriously renounced his poetic career without publishing a single volume, Rimbaud had created a body of poetry that many still consider perfect; at age 27, after a brief life of wandering in Europe, he went to North Africa, where he amassed a small fortune in trading guns and coffee. Read full book review >

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DURAS by Alain Vircondelet
NON-FICTION
Released: Dec. 2, 1994

"His epigonic biography too often reads like pretentious ghostwriting. (37 photos, not seen)"
This biography, a welcome complement to Marguerite Duras's prolific literary career, is compromised by Vircondelet's stylistic copying of his subject's oblique technique. Read full book review >

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Night Cream by Diana Pollin
Released: March 21, 2016

"Vampirism is simply another obstacle for greedy and often indifferent characters in this irreverent story."
In this supernatural tale, a woman uses her new relationship with a vampire for a business opportunity—selling his blood as a face cream. Read full book review >

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NOTRE-DAME DE PARIS by Alain Erlande-Brandenburg
NON-FICTION
Released: June 1, 1998

"He also devotes considerable space to a discussion of the nature of the magnificent sculptures of saints, sinners, and demons added to the exterior of the cathedral, and its stained-glass windows. (262 illustrations, including 138 in color)"
While art historian Erlande-Brandenburg's careful, vigorous study of the construction of one of the greatest medieval cathedrals and of the symbolic intentions of its architecture, sculpture, and stained glass, does not break new ground, it does offer a clear, useful review of Notre Dame's long history and importance. Read full book review >

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PUSS IN BOOTS by Lincoln Kirstein
adapted by Lincoln Kirstein, illustrated by Alain Vaës
ANIMALS
Released: March 1, 1992

"Overblown, perhaps, but there's much to admire in the skillfully crafted art with its multitude of 17th-century references. (Folklore/Picture book. 4-9)"
A cinematic expansion of Perrault's (uncredited) story in large, elaborately illustrated format. Read full book review >