Search Results: "Alberto Granado"


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NON-FICTION
Released: Oct. 1, 2004

"Not to be dismissed as a firsthand document. But for a more entertaining take on the journey, see Patrick Symmes's Chasing Che (2000), an altogether better read."
Of motorcycles, maté, and Marx. Read full book review >

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NON-FICTION
Released: Jan. 1, 2008

"Perhaps too dense for casual readers, but lotus to lovers of Homer."
Brief but rich history of a mysterious bard and two wondrous works that serve as foundation stones for Western culture. Read full book review >

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ESSAYS & ANTHOLOGIES
Released: Aug. 1, 2000

"A fine book about books that will appeal to readers of Manguel's previous work."
Graceful essays on books, reading, and the subversive possibilities of ideas. Read full book review >

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ALL MEN ARE LIARS by Alberto Manguel
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: June 5, 2012

"This novel succeeds both as a story and an illumination of storytelling."
A beguiling exercise in metafiction, one that tells an engrossing story from various perspectives while undermining the possibility of truth in storytelling. Read full book review >

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STEVENSON UNDER THE PALM TREES by Alberto Manguel
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: Oct. 1, 2004

"A small but rich little instant classic, as though Joseph Conrad had sent up a perfect new tale from the silence beyond the grave."
Manguel (News from a Foreign Country Came, 1990; the nonfiction A History of Reading, 1995; etc.) offers a tiny but deft and quietly moving story of Robert Louis Stevenson at his premature death. Read full book review >

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EROS by Alberto Bevilacqua
Released: Nov. 20, 1996

"There's light here, but, surprisingly, not much heat."
An odd mixture of touchy-feely meditation and clinical speculation on eros and its many expressions. Read full book review >

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Released: Oct. 1, 2004

"A reminder that daily ruminations of even a highly literate and engaging writer are not invariably erudite."
Globetrotting polyglot Manguel (Reading Pictures, 2001, etc.) rereads favorite books, one per month, as the Iraq War simmers, then boils. Read full book review >

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BAD VIBES by Alberto Fuguet
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: April 9, 1997

"Here is what the new economic prosperity engenders culturally, he implies, and thank goodness we have such a clever novelist to guide us."
An exceptionally engaging US debut, and first novel, from the Chilean Fuguet (who's published another novel and a story collection in his native land) just might signal a new stage in Latin fiction: a post-boom natural realism that finds North American precedent not in Faulkner (the hero of Garc°a M†rquez et al.) but in Salinger. Read full book review >

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ANGEL'S KITE/LA ESTRELLA DE ANGEL by Alberto Blanco
CHILDREN'S
Released: May 15, 1994

"Dan Bellm provided the English version of the Mexican poet's text. (Picture book. 4- 10)"
Illustrated with vibrant, intricate collages by a Mexican artist of international reputation, a mystical story about how one man's determined artistic endeavor results in the return of his town's missing bell. Read full book review >

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NON-FICTION
Released: June 1, 1992

"An absorbing if far-fetched story of spiritual adventure, likely to interest the same Castaneda-oriented readership as Taisha Abelar's The Sorcerers' Crossing (reviewed above)."
Psychologist Villoldo and playwright Jendresen (The Four Winds, 1990) reteam to describe Villoldo's latest shamanistic adventure in Peru. Read full book review >

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FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: July 1, 1994

"The result is expansive and refreshing."
This collection embraces such a wide range of writing as to nearly undermine the presumed premise—that there exists something that can be intelligently called ``gay fiction.'' Indeed, in his introduction, Manguel (News From a Foreign Country Came, 1991, etc.) writes that ``the notion of `gay literature' is guilty on two counts: first, because it implies a narrow literary category based on the sexuality of either its authors or its characters; second, because it implies a narrow sexual category that has somehow found its definition in a literary form.'' So, in addition to James Baldwin, Edmund White, Christopher Isherwood, and other frequent denizens of gay-themed anthologies, the editors (Stephenson also edited Between Worlds, not reviewed) admit Sherwood Anderson, Isaac Bashevis Singer, Hemingway, and other writers not habitually invited into such collections but who have written about homosexuality. Read full book review >

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PORTS OF CALL by Amin Maalouf
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Nov. 30, 1999

"But, overall, both his pacifism and his passivity seem unfortunately generic, and his plight never fully engages our emotions."
Ports Of Call ($24.00; Nov. 30; 197 pp.; 1-86046-446-7): The native Lebanese (now French) author of such exotic fiction as The Rock of Tanios (1994) and The Gardens of Light (p. 177) offers here the winsome (though strangely uninvolving) story of Turkish-Lebanese nobleman Ossyane Ketabdar's renunciation of both his father's revolutionary ardor and Clara, the Jewish woman whom their respective cultures, a world war, and the later (1948) Arab-Israeli War keep apart for many years, before a final bittersweet meeting seals their fates. Read full book review >