Search Results: "Alessandra Sorrentino"


BOOK REVIEW

MY MONSTER BURRUFU by Alberto Corral
Released: April 4, 2011

"Could use a final polishing, but the tale shines with lively prose and engaging illustrations."
In Corral's gentle debut novel, 7-year-old Olivia moves to a rambling old house with her writer dad and discovers to her delight that a secret attic room is inhabited by a shy, lonely, cookie-loving monster with a secret: He's a writer, too. Read full book review >

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TRANCE by Christopher Sorrentino
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: July 6, 2005

"Undisciplined if consistently entertaining account of a media sensation. But Sorrentino has burrowed deep into this violent counterculture without quite achieving the insights of, say, Joan Didion."
A bold, multifaceted reconstruction of the aftermath of the 1974 kidnapping of heiress Patty Hearst by the Symbionese Liberation Army. Read full book review >

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LITTLE CASINO by Gilbert Sorrentino
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: May 1, 2001

"Difficult, then, for those who are in search of plot, but an engaging riddle for those who aren't."
With more than a dozen novels and a good many volumes of poetry to his credit, Sorrentino (Pack of Lies, 1997, etc.) shows no lack of energy or invention in his latest as he brings his linguistic wizardry to bear on a trio of obsessions: lust, lost loves, and lingerie. Read full book review >

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UNDER THE SHADOW by Gilbert Sorrentino
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Nov. 15, 1991

"Yet another prose experiment from Sorrentino—pellucid miniatures page by page but, in its entirety, an impressionistic collage that is by turns lyrical, funny, and self-indulgent."
From prolific Sorrentino (Misterioso, 1989, etc.), an anthology of 59 sketches (``Fire,'' ``House,'' ``Casino,'' ``Balloon,'' etc.) that are occasionally interlinked and often intriguing as a sort of post-Donald Barthelme dreamlike rendition: tantalizing, enigmatic, but finally promising more than they can deliver. Read full book review >

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EVERYBODY'S RIGHT by Paolo Sorrentino
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Oct. 1, 2011

"A furious, ironic, idiosyncratic, unexpurgated torrent, capturing Italian modernity through the lens of a monstrous character. Not for the faint-hearted."
Wine, women, song and drugs color the sprawling opinions of a world-famous Neapolitan crooner as narrated by an award-winning Italian film director. Read full book review >

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THE FUGITIVES by Christopher Sorrentino
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Feb. 9, 2016

"Thoughtful but full of action—and a pleasing entertainment, too."
Things are never as they seem: not among the well-heeled of Manhattan and certainly not among the leave-me-alone downtrodden of rural Michigan. Read full book review >

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A STRANGE COMMONPLACE by Gilbert Sorrentino
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: May 1, 2006

"Not for those who prefer a story told straight."
From veteran postmodernist Sorrentino (Trance, 2005, etc), a savage, baffling and beguiling novel about the wreckage that infidelity leaves behind. Read full book review >

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SOUND ON SOUND by Christopher Sorrentino
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: May 15, 1995

"A bloodless narrative that reads like a notebook for a novel, an exercise in style, or an academic deconstruction of rock culture—none of which has enough to do with the pulse of the music itself."
Sorrentino's first novel erects a complex structure for what is ultimately a simple premise: that rock-and-roll in the 1980's reflected the decade's greed and ambition. Read full book review >

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THE BOXER by Jurek Becker
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: July 1, 2002

"Early experimentation by a gifted German voice."
Recent translation of a 1976 semi-fantastic novel by the late Becker (Jakob the Liar, 1996, etc.), a Polish-born Holocaust survivor who opted to stay in Germany after WWII. Read full book review >

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STEPHEN CRANE by Paul Sorrentino
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: June 1, 2014

"Sorrentino's authoritative and sympathetic portrait revives a 'bohemian rebel' and prolific, groundbreaking writer."
Thoroughly researched biography of Stephen Crane (1871-1900), who shocked his contemporaries with raw, gritty fiction. Read full book review >

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LUNCHEONETTE by Steven Sorrentino
NON-FICTION
Released: Feb. 1, 2005

"Describes with a natural ease the vigilance necessary to keep the faith, value life, and live in the present."
Just when debut memoirist Sorrentino was thrilled with his new life in New York City, his father became paralyzed from the chest down, and the author returned to his conservative little hometown. Read full book review >

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RED THE FIEND by Gilbert Sorrentino
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Jan. 9, 1995

"Sorrentino's fiend and his family are mere caricatures, not flesh and blood."
The author of Under the Shadow (1991) leaves no pathology or dysfunction unaddressed in his lurid tale of the making of an adolescent hood. Read full book review >