Search Results: "Christophe Merlin"


BOOK REVIEW

JEAN-CHRISTOPHE by Romain Rolland
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: June 1, 1996

"But persistence and concentration do pay off: Rolland's artist-hero is explored with an empathetic thoroughness that is rare in fiction, and readers who truly apply themselves to this frustrating masterwork may well feel that they have, in so doing, experienced something very like an education."
Romain Rolland (18661944), who won the 1915 Nobel Prize for Literature, was a versatile and indefatigable man of letters, best remembered today for this massive roman-fleuve (published in three volumes, between 1902 and 1912), which may best be described as the history of a great musician's sensibility, the growth of his art, and the realization of his goal—roughly, the expression of man's moral nature through the creation of art. Read full book review >

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NON-FICTION
Released: Sept. 1, 2008

"Too academic, but still a significant book for die-hard Merlin fans and skeptical scholars."
This important addition to Arthurian scholarship traces the origins of Merlin, unearthing consequential new material. Read full book review >

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THE MERLIN CONSPIRACY by Diana Wynne Jones
FANTASY
Released: April 1, 2003

"Overstuffed and over the top, but a delicious romp. (Fantasy. YA)"
In a stand-alone companion to Deep Secret (1999), Jones takes the kitchen-sink approach to plotting a gloriously twisty adventure. Read full book review >

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THE MERLIN EFFECT by T.A. Barron
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 15, 1994

"EWSLUGTA Barron (The Ancient One, 1992, etc.) may not be in T.H. White's league, but he'll do. (Fiction. 10-14)"
The Merlin effect is a kind of immortality bestowed by Serilliant, a shell-shaped horn fashioned by the craftsman Emrys as a gift for his mermaid bride, Wintonwy. Read full book review >

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THE WISDOM OF MERLIN by T.A. Barron
Released: March 24, 2015

"Words to live by, trite and larded with sentiment though they be in this particular iteration. (Inspiration. 17 & up)"
A small volume of homilies, spun from a 2013 speech and perfect for a graduate's gift (should pots of money not be an option). Read full book review >

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MERLIN STONE REMEMBERED by David B. Axelrod
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Dec. 8, 2014

"Scholarship or scrapbook? This memoir with a mission suffers from an identity crisis."
A fascinating though fragmented look at the extraordinary life of visionary feminist Merlin Stone (1931-2011). Read full book review >

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THE RETURN OF MERLIN by Deepak Chopra
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: July 1, 1995

"Crawling about on the web of time makes for light and lively storytelling."
Guru Chopra's (Ageless Body/Timeless Mind, 1993, etc.) first novel comes up with a mind/body version of the Arthurian legend that lends great charm to familiar lore. Read full book review >

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THE SEVEN SONGS OF MERLIN by T.A. Barron
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 22, 1997

"A rich and resonant read. (Fiction. 9-12)"
This second installment of the sequence that began with The Lost Years of Merlin (1996) is as full of action and excitement as its predecessor, but is kinder and gentler in tone; while its origins are epic, it is foremost a tale of the heart. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

THE LOST YEARS OF MERLIN by T.A. Barron
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 10, 1996

"While Barron is careful to show that Merlin is still physically a boy, readers are left with a vision of a more confident, compassionate hero, prepared to confront the joys and sorrows that await him in future volumes. (Fiction. 8-14)"
Barron (The Merlin Effect, 1994, etc.) transforms the early years of the mythical wizard's life into a vivid, action-filled fantasy, replete with deep forests, ruined castles, and evil spells: a promising first installment of a projected trilogy. Read full book review >

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MR. MERLIN AND THE TURTLE by Seymour Chwast
ANIMALS
Released: Aug. 1, 1996

"The humor is never pushy and always on target. (Picture book. 4+)"
Mr. and Mrs. Merlin are bored with their pet turtle, so Mr. Merlin turns it into a bird. Read full book review >