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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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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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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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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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 >

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KISS AND TELL by Alain de Botton
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: June 10, 1996

"Having stuck with this one-joke plot that is, like its narrator, amusing and tedious by turns, readers will understand her fond impatience all too well."
A young, self-centered British swain vows to get to know the next woman he meets better than she knows herself, in de Botton's self-consciously coy follow-up to On Love (1993) and The Romantic Movement (1995). ``It took me a long time to . . . understand how someone could have been so un-self-aware and at the same time so self-obsessed,'' reads the narrator's most recent Dear John letter. ``You said you loved me, but a narcissist can't love anyone but himself.'' Miffed by the accusation, de Botton's intellectual hero determines not just to pay more attention to the next woman he meets but to immerse himself in her life as assiduously as a biographer studies his subject. Read full book review >

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STATUS ANXIETY by Alain de Botton
NON-FICTION
Released: June 1, 2004

"An intelligent breath of fresh air, sans the usual ax-grinding."
A novelist (Kiss and Tell, 1996, etc.) with a flair for gleaning self-help from across the ages (The Consolations of Philosophy, 2000) cleverly deconstructs and demystifies that sinking feeling of material inferiority. Read full book review >