Search Results: "Caryl Strzelecki"


BOOK REVIEW

THE EMPTY SUMMER by Caryl Brooks
FICTION
Released: Aug. 1, 1993

"From its meaningless title to Maggie's clichÇ-ridden psychological catharsis, Brooks's debut is crammed with unlikely events and stagy, inane dialogue. (Fiction. 12+)"
In a flashback during group therapy, Long Island teenager Maggie Gray relives the previous summer on Martha's Vineyard, when her fascination with Kimberly Porter, freewheeling, pill- popping teenage model, became an obsession. Read full book review >

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STRANGE REBELS by Christian Caryl
NON-FICTION
Released: May 7, 2013

"An astute assessment of the efforts of a group of historic newsmakers."
In a highly focused work, Foreign Affairs deputy editor Caryl finds that the year 1979 engendered a remarkable crop of history-changing leaders. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

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 >

BOOK REVIEW

BRASS DIVA by Caryl Flinn
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Nov. 1, 2007

"A languorous biography ill-suiting the energetic star's life."
Ethel returns for another biographical bow, following Brian Kellow's Ethel Merman: A Life (2007). Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

NON-FICTION
Released: May 23, 1996

"Students of the media will want to have a good look at this deconstruction of the headlines."
A spirited reading of the daily papers, with an eye to uncovering the cultural and political forces that shape the news. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

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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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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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 >

BOOK REVIEW

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 >

BOOK REVIEW

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 >

BOOK REVIEW

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 >