Search Results: "Anthony Weller"


BOOK REVIEW

NON-FICTION
Released: April 28, 2009

"Adds scope, analysis and emotional immediacy to a critical body of history."
An adventurous correspondent's World War II dispatches reanimate the great cataclysm of the 20th century. Read full book review >

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THE POLISH LOVER by Anthony Weller
Released: Feb. 1, 1998

"In all, an ambitious novel about profound matters that never quite strikes the right note, despite some clever and often adroitly scored passages."
Sexual obsession, alienation, and ambition are coolly limned in Weller's elegant if emotionally reserved second novel (after The Garden of the Peacocks, 1996). Read full book review >

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NON-FICTION
Released: Jan. 1, 2007

"A stark confrontation, but also rich in evocative anecdotal material that recalls the war in the Pacific with amazing immediacy."
Some 60 years after their suppression by military censorship, a Pulitzer Prize correspondent's lost Nagasaki files remain potentially explosive. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

Released: Oct. 8, 1996

"An obviously intelligent debut novel that's better, though, at describing places and ideas than people—who often seem less alive than the sculpture."
An intellectually ambitious first novel about a young woman whose happiness is threatened by a family legacy mingling tragedy and genius. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

Released: Oct. 1, 1997

"The last stage, up the forbidding Khyber Pass, in which dwell smugglers of all description, and through which he was required to hire an armed bodyguard, is perhaps the most exotic locale yet in an account brimming with beauty and strangeness."
While the title is somewhat of a misnomer—since much of this ancient road cutting across India and Pakistan is too infested by bandits to travel after dark—make no mistake about the courage and intelligence behind this wryly observant travelogue. ``From what I'd witnessed, the future for most Indians looked like hell,'' writes novelist and travel writer Weller (The Garden of the Peacocks, 1996), and while this bleak prediction resonates throughout his account, one is equally impressed that India's explosive mixture of cultures and religions has not blown the lid off the world's largest democracy. Read full book review >

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ANTHONY BURGESS by Roger Lewis
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: March 19, 2004

"Trenchant and dogged, expunging the biographer of a 20-year anxiety of influence."
Loquacious portraitist Lewis (The Real Life of Laurence Olivier, 1997, etc.) leaves no stone unturned in his obsessive and hardly sympathetic life of the tortured author of A Clockwork Orange. Read full book review >

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BIOGRAPHY
Released: June 5, 1988

"Bibliography of sources; index; selections from the Fugitive Slave Act."
Part history, part fictionalized narrative: the story of a runaway slave who was returned from Boston to his master in Virginia under the Fugitive Slave Act of 1850. Read full book review >

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ANTHONY BEST by Davene Fahy
CHILDREN'S
Released: Jan. 1, 2013

"A worthy topic but no more than a discussion starter, as it's too bland to make much of an impression on its own. (afterword, with URLs) (Picture book. 6-8)"
An earnestly lifeless infodump featuring a child with a spectrum disorder who occasionally misbehaves but, mirabile dictu, can play piano like a pro. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

LOVE ANTHONY by Lisa Genova
Released: Sept. 25, 2012

"There's a point in the narrative where one of the characters becomes so engrossed in reading a book that she loses track of time. Readers of Genova's latest excellent offering might very well find the same happening to them."
A story about unconditional love, loss and renewal by bestselling author Genova (Left Neglected, 2011, etc.). Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: May 1, 1994

"With Hopkins almost as hot as his demons, there will be attention paid."
Writing his biography without the cooperation of Hopkins (now Sir Anthony), Callan (Julie Christie, 1985, etc.) leans heavily on the existing journalistic corpus for his chronicle of the bedeviled, Welsh actor, nominated this year for his second Academy Award. Read full book review >

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ANTHONY BLUNT by Miranda Carter
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Jan. 1, 2001

"Many books recount Blunt's espionage; this one is a complete biography that does him justice. (16 illustrations)"
British journalist Carter limns the complex life and fascinating times of the eminent art historian best known for being exposed in 1979 as a former Soviet spy. Read full book review >