Search Results: "Carmen Martín Gaite"


BOOK REVIEW

VARIABLE CLOUD by Carmen Martín Gaite
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: July 18, 1996

"This ambitious 1992 novel from one of Spain's leading writers (now translated into English for the first time) was a major success in Gaite's homeland, but may find a relatively lukewarm response in a culture where feisty criticisms of lamebrained machismo are not a novelty."
Variable Cloud ($24.00; Jul. 18, 1996; 374 pp.; 1-86046-061-5): A chronicle of female friendship, expressed largely through an exhaustive exchange of letters between two women who resume their long-dormant intimacy when each must grapple with the demons of middle age and unravelling relationships. Read full book review >

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LIVING’S THE STRANGE THING by Carmen Martín Gaite
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Aug. 1, 2004

"Beautiful, extremely moving in its outline and sentiments, but a much different matter on the page: overlong, rambling, monotonous."
Ponderous account of a woman coming to terms with the death (and life) of her mother, as related by Spanish novelist Gaite (The Farewell Angel, 1999, etc.) in a deeply obsessive, introspective voice. Read full book review >

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THE FAREWELL ANGEL by Carmen Martín Gaite
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: June 16, 1999

"A Proustian journey into the interior, a dazzling psychodrama—and, arguably, one of the best novels out of Spain in recent decades."
This remarkably intricate 1994 novel by the veteran Spanish author (of, most recently, Variable Cloud, 1996) won her country's National Prize for Literature. Read full book review >

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CARMEN by Walter Dean Myers
FICTION
Released: April 26, 2011

"A perfect match with Jen Bryant's The Fortune of Carmen Navarro (2010), a prose refresh of the same classic tale, and a great choice for high-school theater productions. (Drama. 13 & up)"
As he did with Swan Lake in Amiri & Odette (2009), Myers takes a classic story and gives it a new twist and fresh voice. Read full book review >

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SCHOOLING CARMEN by Kathleen Cross
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Sept. 1, 2004

"Energetic story that makes a lot of obvious points, from the author of Skin Deep (not reviewed)."
Can I get some damn mercy down here?Read full book review >

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CARMEN LEARNS ENGLISH by Judy Cox
CHILDREN'S
Released: Aug. 1, 2010

"Muy bueno. (glossary) (Picture book. 4-8)"
An inventive teacher and a generous helping of internal strength takes Spanish-speaking Carmen over the language barrier when she starts school. Read full book review >

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MARTÍN DE PORRES by Gary Schmidt
CHILDREN'S
Released: June 19, 2012

"A visual—and, it must be said, spiritual—delight. (Picture book/biography. 5-9)"
With images of surpassing beauty and power and a text both simple and lyrical, Diaz and Schmidt tell the life of the first black saint of the Americas. Read full book review >

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THE FORTUNE OF CARMEN NAVARRO by Jen Bryant
FICTION
Released: Nov. 9, 2010

"Perfectly paced and pulsing with Ryan's increasingly desperate obsession, the tale follows the inevitable trajectory of violence and tragedy, and readers will consume the tale in one hungry gulp. (author's note, bibliography) (Fiction. 12 & up)"
A beautiful green-eyed Gypsy girl with raven-black hair smiles at Ryan Sweeney and gives him a rose as she makes change for his sandwiches at the Quikmart, and it's all downhill for Ryan after that. Read full book review >

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MR. MARTIN AND THE BIRDS / EL SEÑOR MARTÍN Y LOS PÁJAROS by Maroe Susti
CHILDREN'S
Released: June 28, 2011

"The app itself is an odd bird that could use some updating, especially for the English version. (iPad storybook app. 5-8)"
An avian effort featuring concurrent English and Spanish versions of a story about a man and his feathered friends fails to take flight, despite some nice design touches. Read full book review >

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King Peso by Carmen Amato
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Sept. 1, 2016

"A satisfying read with plenty of bad guys and a solid, well-defined heroine."
Emilia Cruz Encinos is back for her fourth outing as Acapulco's only female detective, once again confronting institutionalized corruption while trying to solve a string of murders. Read full book review >

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BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Aug. 14, 2012

"Not necessarily uplifting, but often oddly entertaining—certainly more so than Giorgio's Memoirs of an Italian Terrorist (2003), which Aguirre's reminiscences complement."
A sentimental education among anarchists, Trotskyists and Tupamaros. Read full book review >

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ADVENTURE
Released: Oct. 1, 2003

This liberally illustrated survival tale makes reading as compelling as any of the recent accounts of Ernest Shackleton's contemporaneous ventures. Read full book review >