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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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

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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HOW TO THINK MORE ABOUT SEX  by Alain de Botton
NON-FICTION
Released: Jan. 1, 2013

"A well-rounded examination of the ways we can marry intelligent thought and physical pleasure."
It's not the quantity of thought about sex, but rather the quality of thought about sex. Read full book review >

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BROKEN GLASS by Alain Mabanckou
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: June 1, 2010

"Important, entertaining and subtly moving."
The award-winning African author (African Psycho, 2007) returns with a novel about Africa and the West. Read full book review >