Search Results: "André Alexis"


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THE HIDDEN KEYS by André Alexis
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Oct. 11, 2016

"A wry and reflective literary puzzle about family, love, honor, and adventure."
A smooth criminal is persuaded to investigate a complex riddle left as a strange inheritance to a junkie in Toronto. Read full book review >

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DESPAIR by André Alexis
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Jan. 12, 2000

"But convincing evidence of the stylistic assurance and thematic range of an eccentrically gifted writer."
Echoes of Dinesen, Borges, and Djuna Barnes sound throughout this debut collection of eight curiously linked stories, first published to great acclaim in 1994 by the Trinidadian-born Canadian author of the equally highly praised first novel Childhood (1998). Read full book review >

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FIFTEEN DOGS by André Alexis
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: April 14, 2015

"A clever exploration of our essence, communication, and how our societies are organized."
When is a dog not a dog? Two Greek gods bet on what would happen to 15 unsuspecting canines if they were granted human intelligence. Read full book review >

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CHILDHOOD by André Alexis
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Sept. 1, 1998

"A genuinely elegant work."
A splendid debut by Canadian writer Alexis (Trinidadian-born): a wistful remembrance of growing up, posing as a love letter to the narrator's paramour. Read full book review >

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STATES OF EMERGENCY by André Brink
Released: May 17, 1989

Philip Malan is a South African professor who finds himself in over his head with a young graduate assistant, Melissa. Read full book review >

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AN ACT OF TERROR by André Brink
Released: Jan. 1, 1992

"Disappointing."
A pretentious megabook with mega themes from South African novelist Brink, already somewhat overtaken by events in South Africa and elsewhere. Read full book review >

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NEVER CATCH A COLD by André François
CHILDREN'S
Released: Dec. 15, 2012

"A bit of Gallic foolery, just in time for cold season. (Picture book. 5-7)"
A small, witty portrait gallery of colds, originally composed in French for a pharmaceutical company's ad campaign. Read full book review >

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SLOW LORIS by Alexis Deacon
ANIMALS
Released: March 1, 2002

"Pair this with Lynn Munsinger's Score One for the Sloths (2001) and learn to take it easy. (Picture book. 4-8)"
"Slow Loris wasn't his real name but that was what everyone called him. A slow loris is just a type of animal. Read full book review >

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WHILE YOU ARE SLEEPING by Alexis Deacon
BEDTIME BOOK
Released: Sept. 8, 2006

"No child will miss the answer as the girl cuddles her toys in the morning light. (Picture book. 3-7)"
Deacon's illustrations for this variation on the theme of toys that wake while a child sleeps are heartwarming and very nearly profound. Read full book review >

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A MATTER OF LIFE AND DEATH by Alexis Deacon
GRAPHIC NOVELS & COMIC BOOKS
Released: July 26, 2016

"Readers will give themselves over to the dreamlike, immersive narrative, trusting that Volume 2, A Game Without Rules will be along soon. (Graphic fantasy. 12 & up)"
Fifty souls of diverse race and gender gather to witness the passing of great chief Matarka, and one of them will be her successor—if that person can win the cruelly arbitrary contest governed by the sorceress Niope. Read full book review >

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CAPE OF STORMS by André Brink
Released: June 1, 1993

"Brink has wittily created a splendid new myth in which primal emotions expand in a magical landscape—one rich in local allusions and profound foreshadowing and, in keeping with the genre, suitably bawdy."
Novella-length fable from South African writer Brink (An Act of Terror, 1989, etc.) that playfully suggests a mythic origin for his country's entangled cultures. Read full book review >

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NON-FICTION
Released: March 14, 2002

"An even-handed survey for anyone bewildered by recent events in a once-remote pocket of Europe."
A useful historical overview of "a centuries-long theater of the macabre." Read full book review >