Search Results: "Alain Robbe-Grillet"


BOOK REVIEW

LA BELLE CAPTIVE by Alain Robbe-Grillet
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: March 1, 1995

"Overall La Belle Captive is neither thought-provoking nor entertaining, a creation that feels like a lark, and a dated and halfhearted one at that."
Originally published in France in 1975, La Belle Captive (``The Beautiful Captive'') is a slim novel arranged around and inspired by 77 Magritte paintings. Read full book review >

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REPETITION by Alain Robbe-Grillet
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Feb. 20, 2003

"The self-seriousness of Robbe-Grillet's early experimental fiction has devolved into a grave playfulness. Mostly, though, the narrator is right on the money from the opening line: 'Here, then, I repeat, and I sum up.'"
Though it's been 20 years since his last novel, the clock has stopped in more ways than one on Robbe-Grillet's latest and (as its title aptly suggests) least novel nouveau roman. 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 PRINCESS AND THE PEA by Alain Vaës
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 1, 2001

"Winning. (Picture book. 7-9)"
In this witty makeover of the Andersen tale, a grasping queen almost corners the diamond market before an opal—and an Opaline—derail her scheme. 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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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 >

BOOK REVIEW

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 >