Search Results: "Christophe Boncens"


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BAND INSTRUMENTS by Christophe Boncens
CHILDREN'S
Released: May 1, 2015

"The strongest aspect of this otherwise mediocre offering is the quality of the sound, making it and its companion good options for board-book collections lacking multisensory titles. (Board book. 2-4)"
A brief introduction to five band instruments with accompanying sound. Read full book review >

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MY LITTLE BOX OF ANIMAL BOOKS by Christophe Boncens
CHILDREN'S
Released: April 1, 2012

"Developmentally dull; there's nothing to cheer about here. (Board book. 2-3) "
This box proves a bust. Read full book review >

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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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THE UNIVERSE IN YOUR HAND by Christophe Galfard
NON-FICTION
Released: March 8, 2016

"A useful book for readers to visualize the complex ideas of modern physics, best read as an accompaniment to a more rigorous treatment of the subjects covered."
Galfard (co-author, with Stephen and Lucy Hawking: George's Secret Key to the Universe, 2007) takes readers on a number of imaginary trips through the universe to help them visualize the strangeness and beauty of our mysterious universe.Read full book review >

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ANNAM by Christophe Bataille
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Sept. 30, 1996

"This subtle and moving roman (here beautifully translated by Richard Howard) won France's Prix du Premier Roman in 1993, when the author was 21."
Annam ($15.95; Sept. 30, 1996; 112 pp.; 0-8112-1330-7): This skillfully understated first novel describes in muted though harrowing detail the ordeal undergone by an expedition of French clergy sent as missionaries to Vietnam during the late-18th-century reign of Louis XVI. Read full book review >

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SCHOOL’S OUT by Christophe Duffosé
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: June 1, 2007

"Way funnier than most mysteries, and more thrilling than most comic novels."
This audacious, genre-bending debut novel fuses an academic comedy of manners with an existential murder mystery. Read full book review >

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TRAVEL TALES by Christophe Blain
CHILDREN'S
Released: Dec. 1, 1998

"As in the work of Peter S°s or Maira Kalman, the story lines will be easier for children to appreciate than the art, while older readers whose interest is piqued by these experiments will yearn for biographical or bibliographical notes. (Picture book. 7-9)"
Showcasing their talents and styles, ten young European artists send characters on brief, quirky journeys, in play or dreams: Houdart, in the first story, shows how Louise and Pierre add wheels and wings to the sofa and take off; Florence Pinel's Ludo and Remi use different means of transportation to arrive at the same place; GÇraldine Goudard's Pipolito goes—from his bed—to the North Pole, then the Wild West, then mixes the two ("I built an igloo saloon"); and more. Read full book review >

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THE SIEGE OF ISFAHAN by Jean-Christophe Rufin
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: March 1, 2001

"Absolute nonsense—and immensely entertaining."
This heavy-breathing sequel to Rufin's popular romantic adventure and surprise Prix Goncourt winner, The Abyssinian (not reviewed), takes stalwart apothecary Jean-Baptiste Poncet from his homeland to Russia (in the early 19th century), and a series of dangerous exploits that climax upon his return to Isfahan, then under attack by Afghanistan. Read full book review >

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CHECKPOINT by Jean-Christophe Rufin
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: May 2, 2017

"A novel of war that asks hard questions about what decency demands of us as human beings."
Five aid workers with divergent agendas drive a truck loaded with supplies into the heart of war-torn Bosnia. Read full book review >