Search Results: "Alan Hollinghurst"


BOOK REVIEW

THE SPELL by Alan Hollinghurst
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: April 26, 1999

"A near miss: Hollinghurst can do better. (Book-of-the-Month selection)"
Like The Swimming Pool Library (1988) and The Folding Star (1994), Hollinghurst's third attempts an ambitious exploration of gay male experiences and relationships. Read full book review >

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THE STRANGER'S CHILD by Alan Hollinghurst
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Oct. 14, 2011

"But yes, it matters, and such is the stuff of biography. How do we know the truth about anyone's life? Hollinghurst's carefully written, philosophically charged novel invites us to consider that question."
Lives tangle and untangle in a literate, literary mystery at the heart of World War I by Man Booker Prize winner Hollinghurst (The Line of Beauty, 2004, etc.). Read full book review >

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THE LINE OF BEAUTY by Alan Hollinghurst
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Oct. 1, 2004

"A beautifully realized portrait of a decade and a social class, but without a well-developed emotional core."
Britisher Hollinghurst (The Spell, 1998, etc.) isn't shy: At 400-plus pages sprinkled with references to Henry James, his fourth outing aspires to the status of an epic about sex, politics, money, and high society. Read full book review >

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THE FOLDING STAR by Alan Hollinghurst
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Oct. 17, 1994

"As in his debut, Hollinghurst seeks thematic richness by counterpointing lives from different eras, but here his weakness as a storyteller is even more marked. (Author tour)"
Sensibility overwhelms narrative in this story of homoerotic obsession, a second novel from the British Hollinghurst (The Swimming-Pool Library, 1988). Read full book review >

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Released: Oct. 1, 1994

"His own story, however, turns out to be mundane. (8 pages b&w photos)"
Alexander sets a standard of thoroughness for future works on Paton, but the treasures unearthed by his impressive research are few and far between in this tell-too-much biography. Read full book review >

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LUCKY ALAN by Jonathan Lethem
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Feb. 24, 2015

"Lethem's humor ranges from rueful to sly to 'big silly,' and his careful, mostly unshowy writing has a gift for charming a reader into almost anything."
These nine stories by a leading American writer almost all bend away from realism, and one goes well into fantasy, while offering choice prose and insights. Read full book review >

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ALAN LOMAX by John Szwed
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Jan. 3, 2011

"Despite its wealth of detail, this is a portrait left half-painted."
Overdue, hagiographic biography of the folk-song collector. Read full book review >

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CHESTER ALAN ARTHUR by Zachary Karabell
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: June 21, 2004

"A dry life of a dry man, with a few intriguing glimpses into the Gilded Age."
An unmemorable president earns a fitting biography. Read full book review >

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ALAN JAY LERNER by Edward Jablonski
NON-FICTION
Released: Feb. 9, 1996

"However, he relies on the standard literature in retelling Lerner's life, barely moving beyond a handful of well-known sources for further insights. (32 b&w photos, not seen)"
Serviceable biography of a noted Broadway and film lyricist/librettist. Read full book review >

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ALAN J. PAKULA by Jared Brown
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Sept. 1, 2005

"Like Pakula's films, Brown's biography is specific, carefully assembled and straightforward, but also sometimes tepid and flatly written."
A workmanlike study of a workmanlike filmmaker. Read full book review >

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'LEAVE THAT CRICKET BE, ALAN LEE' by Barbara Ann Porte
ANIMALS
Released: Aug. 1, 1993

Like Barbara Dugan's (above), a book that asks the question: ``Can an insect find happiness in a jar?'' (and from the same publisher, yet). Read full book review >

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NON-FICTION
Released: Nov. 1, 2002

"Amusing, readable, occasionally moving account of life during wartime by a frustrated would-be hero."
Whimsical, at times poignant memoir of the WWII. Read full book review >