Search Results: "Alfred MacAdam"


BOOK REVIEW

THE ORANGE TREE by Carlos Fuentes
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: April 1, 1994

"Exuberantly imaginative and unabashedly sensual, Fuentes, even when the conceits seem strained, never fails to entertain, instruct — and, yes, provoke."
Fuentes continues to interpret the clash between the Old and New Worlds with dazzling imaginative insight in five novellas that span a spectrum of eras and individuals. Read full book review >

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NON-FICTION
Released: Aug. 18, 2008

"A sobering reminder of just how deep-seated is the instinct to destroy other people's truths."
Venezuelan historian Báez spent what must have been 12 depressing years assembling this horrific chronicle of the centuries-long assault on human memory. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

THE HERETIC by Miguel Delibes
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: April 1, 2006

"More history lesson than stylish fiction."
Spanish novelist Delibes (The Wars of Our Ancestors, 1992, etc.) fashions a poignant, although pale and rather bloated encomium to the early Reformation history of his hometown, Valladolid. Read full book review >

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THE YEARS WITH LAURA DÍAZ by Carlos Fuentes
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Oct. 1, 2000

"A replete and readable portrayal of a fascinating character, and an all-around terrific novel."
A century's worth of Mexican culture and politics is observed through the prism of the life of the eponymous protagonist of this big novel, the most lucid and satisfying fiction of Fuentes's 40-year career (The Crystal Frontier, 1997, etc.).Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

ALBINA AND THE DOG-MEN by Alejandro Jodorowsky
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: May 10, 2016

"A violent, raunchy story in which the sacred and profane manifest with supremely absurd humor."
From avant-garde filmmaker and novelist Jodorowsky (Where the Bird Sings Best, 2015, etc.), a picaresque tale driven by metamorphosis and travels between space-time dimensions. Read full book review >

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THE CRYSTAL FRONTIER by Carlos Fuentes
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Oct. 1, 1997

A sardonic tale about relations between the US and Mexico, by the latter country's acclaimed author of such cosmopolitan fictions as Terra Nostra (1976) and The Campaign (1991), among others. Read full book review >

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DIANA by Carlos Fuentes
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Oct. 1, 1995

"And unless it's simply a makeweight being used to fulfill a contractual obligation, it's hard to understand why Fuentes allowed it to be published."
A roman Ö clef distinguished, so to speak, by feet of the samenot to mention other bodily parts lubriciously (if not lovingly) described. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

ALFRED KROPP by Rick Yancey
ADVENTURE
Released: May 1, 2007

"Fans of the first episode, The Extraordinary Adventures of Alfred Kropp (2005), will not be disappointed. (Fiction. 10-14)"
Modern technology meets ancient legend as readers climb aboard Alfred Kropp's thrill ride to save the world. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

ALFRED STIEGLITZ by Richard Whelan
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Aug. 21, 1995

"Apart from being a first-rate biography, Whelan's study provides a lively cultural history of Stieglitz's day. (b&w photos, not seen)"
A solid, straightforward biography of one of the pioneering forces of early 20th century American art and photography. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

ALFRED HITCHCOCK by Peter Ackroyd
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Oct. 25, 2016

"Ackroyd writes of his enigmatic subject, 'he did not want anyone to come too close.' Alas, readers of this book will not get as close to that subject as they might like."
A celebrated biographer adds to the tall pile of biographies about cinema's master of suspense. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

ALFRED NOBEL by Kathy-jo Wargin
BIOGRAPHY
Released: Feb. 1, 2009

A picture-book biography of the inventor of dynamite and creator of the Nobel Prizes fills a niche but oversimplifies somewhat in so doing. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

NON-FICTION
Released: Oct. 1, 2003

"Master-ful. (32 pages b&w photos, not seen)"
The Master of Suspense finally gets an authoritative life. Read full book review >