Search Results: "Caryl Phillips"


BOOK REVIEW

Released: June 1, 2011

"Although linked by the author's sense of history and his awareness of being an outsider, these pieces seem uncomfortable together, as though forced to migrate from earlier settings to this new home."
A collection of essays on the themes of race, the African diaspora, otherness and identity, from a Caribbean-born, British-raised, and United States-based writer with a sharp eye for the tensions of modern society. Read full book review >

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IN THE FALLING SNOW  by Caryl Phillips
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Sept. 4, 2009

"A stylistic tour de force, suffering from a little too much thematic connecting of the dots."
The head of a London office on Race Equality ends his affair with a woman he supervises, launching a schematic set of repercussions in this new novel by Phillips (Foreigners, 2007, etc.). Read full book review >

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THE ATLANTIC SOUND by Caryl Phillips
NON-FICTION
Released: Oct. 16, 2000

"A splendidly honest and vividly detailed venture into some of history's darkest corners—by a novelist who is also a superb reporter."
Novelist Phillips (The Nature of Blood, 1997, etc.) visits the three points of the trading triangle that linked America with Europe and Africa—and reports back in a tale that is a seamless mix of clear-eyed reportage and commentary. Read full book review >

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A DISTANT SHORE by Caryl Phillips
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Oct. 19, 2003

"Harsh and sad, but worth the trip."
An unlikely couple seek shelter from the brutal chill of northern English attitudes. Read full book review >

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THE NATURE OF BLOOD by Caryl Phillips
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: May 16, 1997

"Not one of this talented author's better books."
The West Indianborn author of Crossing the River (1994), among other fiction, here offers an earnest novel composed of parallel narratives, each exploring the consequences of racial or ethnic prejudice and hatred. Read full book review >

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THE LOST CHILD by Caryl Phillips
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: March 10, 2015

"Gorgeously crafted and emotionally shattering."
Award-winning novelist, essayist and playwright Phillips (Color Me English, 2011, etc.) responds to Wuthering Heights.Read full book review >

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FOREIGNERS by Caryl Phillips
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Oct. 26, 2007

"On balance, Phillips's fictional touches do not help illuminate the issues of race and identity, which he has dealt with better elsewhere."
Phillips (Dancing in the Dark, 2005, etc.) mixes fact and fiction to examine the sad fates of three very different men of color in England. Read full book review >

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DANCING IN THE DARK by Caryl Phillips
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Sept. 18, 2005

"The author's depiction of the culture's racial dynamic will surely cause a stir."
A provocative, illuminating novel that imagines the inner life and explores the cultural legacy of Bert Williams, the first popular black stage performer of America's early 20th century. Read full book review >

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A NEW WORLD ORDER by Caryl Phillips
ESSAYS & ANTHOLOGIES
Released: May 21, 2002

"Overall: perceptive and heartfelt."
A strong gathering of personal and literary essays on identity and authorship, from accomplished novelist Phillips (The Nature of Blood, 1997, etc.). Read full book review >

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CROSSING THE RIVER by Caryl Phillips
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Jan. 25, 1994

"A master work."
Short-listed for the 1993 Booker Prize (see Roddy Doyle above), Phillips's latest novel (Cambridge, 1992; Final Passage, 1990, etc.), like a work of sacred music, combines a ``many-tongued chorus'' limning the pervasive legacy of slavery with an eloquent celebration of survival—of arrival ``on the far bank of the river.'' An African father confesses that it was ``a desperate foolishness...the crops failed...I sold my children and soon after, the chorus of common memory began to haunt me...for two hundred and fifty years I have listened to the many-tongued chorus and occasionally among the restless voices I have discovered those of my own children. Read full book review >

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CAMBRIDGE by Caryl Phillips
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Feb. 5, 1992

"Fiction that manipulates rather than illuminates—which is pity because when he mutes the message, Phillips can write."
A further exploration of slavery and the African diaspora by West Indian-born and British-reared Phillips (The Final Passage, 1990, etc.), which, for all its ambition, reads more like a term paper than a novel. Read full book review >

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MR PHILLIPS by John Lanchester
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: April 10, 2000

"Lanchester's capable, knowledgeable, revelatory homage to Mrs. Woolf and Mr. Joyce (and even to Mr. Eliot's 'unreal city') is one of them."
Following up on his successful cookbook-cum-mystery (The Debt to Pleasure, 1996), Lanchester offers an end-of-the-century version of Mrs. Dalloway—with results as brilliantly captivating as Michael Cunningham's were in The Hours. Read full book review >