Search Results: "Brink Lindsey"


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NON-FICTION
Released: May 1, 2007

"A thoughtful attempt to explain—and claim—the broad center in the middle of our political squabbling."
Americans have become libertarian and don't even know it, declares the research head of the (libertarian) Cato Institute. 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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SAVE YOUR OWN by Elisabeth Brink
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: June 6, 2006

"This inventive debut doesn't imitate the traditional British academic comedy but, rather, forges an identity all its own."
A 26-year-old virgin with a high IQ and low self-esteem learns that most of life's lessons are taught outside academe's ivied walls. Read full book review >

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PHILIDA by André Brink
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Feb. 5, 2013

"Extraordinary."
Longlisted for the Man Booker Prize, this tale of slavery, identity and the wages of sin is based in part on Brink's (A Fork in the Road, 2009, etc.) family history. 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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IMAGININGS OF SAND by André Brink
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Nov. 1, 1996

"The past is only schematically reworked here, but the recent present is engagingly fresh and touching as Brink records the high emotions of the historic days of April 1994."
Brink (On the Contrary, 1994, etc.) awkwardly mixes magic realism, feminist rhetoric, and political reportage as a South African family's blood-soaked past becomes a reprise of the country's own violent history. Read full book review >

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Released: April 6, 1998

"Still, one can only wonder why a respected author would spend time and effort on such a stultifying and ultimately absurd effort."
A collection of warmed-over, postmodern theorizing pieces on the centrality and self-consciousness of language in novels past and present. Read full book review >

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NON-FICTION
Released: Aug. 1, 1998

"As a record of liberal white South African thought ten years ago, this is a peerless collection, but by almost any other criteria, most of these essays—with a few notable exceptions—are fast slipping into irrelevance."
Like slightly stale bread, these essays (most from the 1980s and early 1990s) by one of South Africa's leading novelists examining the role of that country's literature have seen better days. 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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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 >