Search Results: "Christopher Benfey"


BOOK REVIEW

CHRISTOPHER by Tomie dePaola
BIOGRAPHY
Released: March 15, 1994

"The carefully composed scenes are spare and powerful; though the telling is unremarkable, the art speaks for itself. (Picture book. 4-8)"
The story of Reprobus, the huge man who came to be known as Christopher, patron saint of travelers. Read full book review >

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CHRISTOPHER by Allison Burnett
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: April 8, 2003

"At times both acid-tinged and unbelievably sweet, a hopeless love's lament."
A lethargic Lothario does what he can to bring his cute, depressed neighbor around to a love affair. Read full book review >

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NON-FICTION
Released: Nov. 12, 1997

"Ambitious, perhaps, but Benfey's wide net nevertheless allows his primary subject to slip away, lost in a fog of lit-crit theory and psychobabble. (illustrations, not seen)"
This lifeless account of Edgar Degas's 1872 visit to New Orleans unsuccessfully tries to link his artistic breakthrough with the city's Reconstruction-era social turmoil. Read full book review >

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BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: March 19, 2012

"Lively, intelligent and interesting—a look inside not just a single family, but also an entire artistic tradition now largely forgotten."
From Benfey (English/Mount Holyoke Coll.; A Summer of Hummingbirds: Love, Art, and Scandal in the Intersecting Worlds of Emily Dickinson, Mark Twain, Harriet Beecher Stowe, and Martin Johnson Heade, 2008, etc.), a lyrical but unsentimental family memoir, taking in art, memory and time. Read full book review >

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NON-FICTION
Released: April 21, 2008

"A handsomely illustrated volume that reflects Benfey's depth of reading and passionate interests, though the connections he makes are occasionally strained."
Ambitious, eccentric synthesis of late 19th-century artistic currents shows a static America progressing after the Civil War into a period of movement and romance. Read full book review >

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NON-FICTION
Released: May 13, 2003

"A sweeping cacophony of about a half-dozen condensed books."
The author of Degas in New Orleans (1997) attempts to define the nexus that arose between the US and Japan in the late 19th century by examining its effect on key cultural and social arbiters of the day. Read full book review >

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Released: Sept. 1, 1992

"A more coherent story may not be possible. (Twenty-six illustrations—not seen.)"
Crane's ``double life,'' says Benfey (Emily Dickinson, 1986), was comprised of the one he projected in his fiction and the actual life that was influenced by it. Read full book review >

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CHRISTOPHER COLUMBUS by Charlotte Yue
BIOGRAPHY
Released: April 1, 1992

"Bibliography; children's books for further reading; index. (Nonfiction. 9+)"
An incisive look at the tools, knowledge, and personal qualities that made Columbus's first voyage possible. Read full book review >

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CHRISTOPHER COUNTING by Valeri Gorbachev
ADVENTURE
Released: April 1, 2008

"Gorbachev's terrifically detailed illustrations, in watercolor and pen-and-ink, greatly enhance the simple, straightforward story. (Picture book. 3-6)"
Learning about numbers opens a world of discovery for a curious rabbit. Read full book review >

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ANIMALS
Released: May 1, 2004

"The tepidness of the tale begs comparison to more vigorous mice of yore, and rather than purchasing this offering, libraries will find themselves better served by replacement copies of A Cricket in Times Square. (Fiction. 8-12)"
Christopher is a white mouse, born either for the pet shop or the laboratory, so when he's sold to a pet shop, and then to the ideal boy, he feels fortunate. Read full book review >

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CHRISTOPHER REEVE by Megan Howard
Released: May 11, 1999

"Utilitarian and coherent. (index) (Biography. 11-13)"
Distilled from published or televised sources, this biography of Reeve from troubled childhood to triumphant re-emergence into public life focuses more on what he's done than who he is. Read full book review >

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CHRISTOPHER UNBORN by Carlos Fuentes
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Aug. 1, 1989

"Fuentes, sometimes too erudite for his own good, gets it together here—developing an inventive literary conceit into a multilayered meditation on the plight of contemporary Mexico."
A postmodern extravaganza narrated by a fetus: his conception on Twelfth Night begins the book and his birth on Columbus Day ends it, and in between those two events is a feast of language concerning a despoiled Mexico. Read full book review >