Search Results: "André Comte-Sponville"


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NON-FICTION
Released: Aug. 30, 2001

"An effervescent primer of the morally examined life."
An energized discussion of essential virtues for everyday living, by a young French philosopher. 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 >

BOOK REVIEW

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 >

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DROUGHTS  by Melissa Stewart
CHILDREN'S
Released: Aug. 1, 2017

"A necessary read in today's climate. (Informational picture book. 5-9)"
In this era of climate change (or not, depending upon which politician you listen to) comes an apropos look at droughts. Read full book review >

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MY JOURNEY TO THE STARS by Scott Kelly
CHILDREN'S
Released: Oct. 17, 2017

"The pictures are a patchwork, but the authorial voice is distinct and the story has its unique aspects. (Picture book/autobiography. 7-9)"
An astronaut's story, from early adventures with his twin brother (who also became an astronaut) to record-breaking feats in space. Read full book review >

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ON THE CONTRARY by André Brink
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Aug. 17, 1994

"Disappointing."
South African novelist Brink (Cape of Storms, 1992, etc.) again revisits the past to tell a picaresque tale that is also a heartfelt but clumsy mea culpa. Read full book review >

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FREE REIN by André Breton
Released: May 1, 1996

"The paradoxes implied by a once-vernal intelligence, which now come to seem rather Wizard-of-Oz-like, recommend a reconsideration of Breton's work."
A compendium of the French surrealist's major prose writings, from 1936 to 1952, which intriguingly exposes Breton's limitations and datedness along with his besetting enthusiasms. Read full book review >

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THE RIGHTS OF DESIRE by André Brink
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: April 1, 2001

"A readable but clumsy primer on desire's insistence on living fully, whatever the outcome."
Anti-apartheid author Brink (Devil's Valley, 1999, etc.) has adapted to the new dispensation with stylistically experimental novels. But his latest, except for an awkward trace of magical realism, more conventionally details the painful lessons an old man learns when he falls in love. Read full book review >

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BEFORE I FORGET by André Brink
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: April 1, 2007

"Cloying and pretentious."
A famous, progressive, aging South African writer salutes all the women he has loved in this latest from the famous, progressive, aging South African Brink (The Other Side of Silence, 2003, etc.). Read full book review >

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OTHER LIVES by André Brink
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Sept. 1, 2008

"While at times a bit facile and almost overly clever, an ultimately fascinating commentary on race and identity."
A realistic book with surrealistic twists that allows the author to explore themes of race in contemporary South Africa. Read full book review >