Search Results: "David Boyle"


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BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Nov. 4, 2005

"Pleasant, light reading. Whether fact or fiction, the tale of Blondel never fails to tug at the heartstrings."
British journalist Boyle (The Sum of Our Discontent, 2004) examines a favorite medieval legend. Read full book review >

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BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: June 1, 2008

"Easily satisfies Boyle's premise that telling the customary three stories as one sheds valuable light on the Age of Exploration and its portent."
A new view of the connections and intrigues that bound together the New World's principal discoverers. Read full book review >

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Released: May 1, 1991

"This clear, methodical, dispassionate representation of Goethe is especially timely given the tumultuous social and intellectual changes in contemporary Germany, its reunification and cultural reassessment reminiscent of Goethe's lifetime."
Massive (800 pp.) and excellent first volume of a projected two-volume biography by Boyle (German/Cambridge) of the protean genius Goethe. Read full book review >

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POTSHOT by Gerry Boyle
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: March 31, 1997

"A sporadically entertaining tale if you don't expect too much."
Fourth in the Jack McMorrow series (Lifeline, 1996, etc.), featuring a freelance reporter-cum-gumshoe who's left the New York Times for more mellow pastures in Prosperity, Maine. Read full book review >

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THE ROAD TO WELLVILLE by T.C. Boyle
Released: May 1, 1993

"Big, smart, exciting, and often wildly funny. (First printing of 100,000; first serial to Rolling Stone; film rights to Alan Parker)"
In his fifth novel (East is East, 1990, etc.), one of America's most exuberant satirists takes on the national obsession with health and nutritional fads. Read full book review >

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SAN MIGUEL by T.C. Boyle
Released: Sept. 18, 2012

"What may seem to some like paradise offers no happy endings in this fine novel."
The prolific author's latest is historical, not only in period and subject matter, but in tone and ponderous theme. Read full book review >

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THE CON by Alistair Boyle
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: April 1, 1996

"Shaggy folderol with enough twists, forgeries, double- crosses, and switcheroos to make your head rotate."
Gil Yates, unlicensed veteran of exactly one investigation (The Missing Link, 1995, not reviewed) with a winningly malapropic way with clichÇs, is hired by Los Angeles director Franklin d'Lacy to recover a $16 million Monet purchased from London dealer Jacques Moran but exchanged in transit for an amateurish forgery. Read full book review >

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AFTER THE PLAGUE by T.C. Boyle
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Sept. 10, 2001

"A bit darker and harsher, perhaps, than earlier collections, but on the whole pretty much the same kind of thing this writer has been cranking out since the late '70s. If you like Boyle, you won't be able to resist."
Aging, estrangement, generational conflict, sexual rivalry, irrational violence—oh, and the destruction of the world as we know it: these are the recurring themes explored with mordant comic finesse in 16 exuberantly in-your-face stories. Read full book review >

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THEY FALL HARD by Alistair Boyle
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: Aug. 1, 2004

"Beneath the unvaried series of dialogue scenes is some rudimentary mystery-mongering and an anticlimactic solution. Even Gil's trademark malapropisms seem tired."
Gil Yates, the low-key private eye who never met a cliché he couldn't mangle (Ship Shapely, 1999, etc.), revisits the case of a dead Sonny Liston look-alike on behalf of the boxer's unacknowledged son. Read full book review >

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A FRIEND OF THE EARTH by T.C. Boyle
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Sept. 11, 2000

"The comedy and color are muted, though still unmistakably present, in a daring story that blends the contrasting extremes of Boyle's energetic sensibility in a way that bodes well for his always interesting and highly readable fiction."
Boyle's eighth novel reenters the risky territory of social concern and criticism that has proved a trap for his least characteristic, and weakest, fiction (East is East, 1990; The Tortilla Curtain, 1995). Read full book review >

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WHEN THE KILLING'S DONE by T.C. Boyle
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: Feb. 22, 2011

"Narrative propulsion is laced with delicious irony in this winning novel."
A provocative premise delivers considerable literary dividends. Read full book review >