Search Results: "Alessandro Baricco"


BOOK REVIEW

WITHOUT BLOOD by Alessandro Baricco
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: June 1, 2004

"Baricco sails uneasily between the cheap and deep, albeit sometimes grippingly."
From Italy's prize-winning Baricco (City, 2002; Ocean Sea, 1999, etc.), a thinny-thin little tale that stretches credibility but takes up big imponderables. Read full book review >

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SILK by Alessandro Baricco
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Oct. 15, 1997

"Masterly."
Silk ($15.00; Oct. 15; 96 pp.; 1-86046-510-X): A fine novella, set in 19th-century France and the Orient, by a celebrated Italian musicologist and writer. Read full book review >

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OCEAN SEA by Alessandro Baricco
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Feb. 1, 1999

"Silk was remarkable for its haunting clarity; Ocean Sea is a metaphysical-symbolic miasma in which the intrigued reader can only flounder."
The sea is both cradle of life and lodestone as it draws men toward madness—in this frustratingly elusive fiction,Italian musicologist Baricco's second to appear in English (the novella Silk, 1997). Read full book review >

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AN ILIAD by Alessandro Baricco
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Aug. 4, 2006

"Both celebration and condemnation of war, this Iliad manages to speak to yet another generation that needs desperately to hear its message."
One of the greatest stories of all time is briskly retold in the award-winning Italian author's fifth novel (Without Blood, 2004, etc.). Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

CITY by Alessandro Baricco
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: June 11, 2002

"Reading City is like trying to play a newly marketed game whose rules aren't included in the package."
The fourth novel from the Italian author of Silk (1997) and Ocean Sea (1999) is a manic comedy set in the US, about the process of storytelling, as performed by its two protagonists: a precocious 13-year-old boy improbably called Gould, who recounts a rags-to-riches story of an unlikely boxing champion to two effectively captive listeners, and Gould's paid companion (and eventual surrogate mother), the even more improbably named—and characterized—Shatzy Shell. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

MR. GWYN by Alessandro Baricco
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: July 15, 2014

"Although the events he recounts remain cryptic, Baricco's style is lucid, and the appearance-versus-reality mind games he plays with his readers are fascinating."
Two novellas, thematically related by the theme of love...or the lack of love. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

THE RIVER by Alessandro Sanna
CHILDREN'S
Released: Feb. 27, 2014

"Along the lines of Blexbolex's Seasons (2010), an immersive visual experience that richly rewards patient attention. (afterword) (Picture book. 6-9, adult)"
An Italian illustrator makes his U.S. debut with an impressionistic record of an annual cycle along the Po River. Read full book review >

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YELLOW, RED, BLUE AND IF I GET ANGRY GREY by Alessandro Sanna
CHILDREN'S
Released: March 22, 2013

"A rewarding alternative for children who find the digital edition of Hervé Tullet's Press Here (2012) too relentlessly inscrutable. (iPad play app. 4-8)"
This inventive pairing of colors with musical riffs offers almost unlimited opportunities for visual and aural experimentation—plus jigsaw puzzles for more structured entertainment. Read full book review >

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THE DARK LADY by Alessandro Gatti
by Alessandro Gatti, illustrated by Iacopo Bruno, translated by Chris Turner
CHILDREN'S
Released: Feb. 1, 2014

"Enjoyable brainteaser with a period flavor. (Fiction. 8-13)"
In this charming mystery/adventure mashup set in 1870, the boy Sherlock Holmes and two equally fictional friends, Irene Adler and Arsène Lupin, solve a puzzle involving a dead burglar and a stolen necklace. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

CHLOE'S LITTLE SECRET by Marina Tito
CHILDREN'S
Released: Jan. 16, 2014

"A bland take on a premise that Mercer Mayer has practically worn out single-handedly. (iPad storybook app. 6-8)"
Unexceptional writing and low-wattage interactive effects send this tale of a girl and her closet monster to a back shelf. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

Released: Sept. 1, 2017

"The author's argument would benefit from more specific policy recommendations, but it still offers much for urban activists and disaffected Gothamites to chew on."
A searching look at how New York changed from a place of affordable (if tiny) walk-ups to a playground for the ultrawealthy. Read full book review >