Search Results: "David Naguib Pellow"


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NON-FICTION
Released: Sept. 1, 2011

"A clear description of a troubling problem and an important contribution to debates on immigration policy."
Two academic activists peel back the surface of the idyllic resort town of Aspen, Colo., and find a not-so-pretty picture underneath. Read full book review >

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AKHENATEN by Naguib Mahfouz
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: March 21, 2000

"Mahfouz is a marvel: a fabulist of real genius whose expressive power and mastery of narrative economy haven't diminished an iota in more than a halfcentury of inspired literary achievement."
A first US publication of a 1985 novel, by the 1988 Nobel laureate, examines the life of the "heretic" pharaoh of Egypt's 18th dynasty (of, roughly, the 14th century b.c.), whose stubborn embrace of monotheism challenged his culture's most cherished traditions and may have precipitated his early death. Read full book review >

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THE HARAFISH by Naguib Mahfouz
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: April 5, 1994

"Mahfouz's consummate storytelling abilities, marked by operatic events, vibrant characters, and resonant writing, result in another triumphant epic."
This saga by the Egyptian Nobel laureate and author of the acclaimed Cairo Trilogy tells the story of the tumultuous rise and fall of the al-Nagi family, whose members struggle throughout the generations to recover its honor and live up to its glorious past. Read full book review >

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ADRIFT ON THE NILE by Naguib Mahfouz
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Feb. 10, 1993

"Quietly, disturbingly incisive about modern Cairo's uneasy truce between old ways and new, though less powerfully compressed than either The Cairo Trilogy or last year's magical The Journey of Ibn Fattouma."
Ten young professionals spend their evenings drifting in a houseboat on the Nile until a senseless tragedy splits them apart—in a brief 1966 novel, the most clearly modernist work yet translated into English by the Nobel-winning author of The Cairo Trilogy. Read full book review >

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CHILDREN OF THE ALLEY by Naguib Mahfouz
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Jan. 9, 1996

The unending conflict between Faith and Reason is given intriguing fictional form in this uneven yet fascinating symbolic allegory by Egypt's 1988 Nobel Prize winner. Read full book review >

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PALACE OF DESIRE by Naguib Mahfouz
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Jan. 1, 1990

"A splendid achievement."
The second volume of Nobel laureate Mahfouz's marvelous Cairo trilogy, first published in Arabic in 1956, picks up the family saga of al-Sayyid Ahmad Abd al-Jawad five years after the killing of his son Fahmy by British troops in Palace Walk. Read full book review >

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PALACE WALK by Naguib Mahfouz
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Jan. 1, 1989

"The remaining volumes of the trilogy are due for publication on New Year's 1991 and 1992—reason enough for celebration."
Hard on the first English trade publication of any of the 1988 Nobel prize-winner's fiction (The Thief and the Dogs, Wedding Song, and The Beginning and the End—not reviewed) comes this first volume of his celebrated Cairo Trilogy, written in 1952 and originally published in Arabic in 1956. Read full book review >

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POST-APOCALYPTIC FICTION. TOO SOON?
by Karen Schechner

The collective love for post-apocalyptic fiction might have dipped a bit since The Handmaid’s Tale started to hew too closely to reality. But it’s an irresistible subgenre. For those looking for more depictions of a frightening, all-too-plausible future run by religious zealots hungry for control, The Seekers series, by David Litwack, may suit.  

In the series’ debut, The Children ...


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HE MAKES HIS STAND IN THE AUDITORIUM
by Sarah Pitre

 

BOOK REPORT for Hold Me Closer: The Tiny Cooper Story by David Levithan

Cover Story: Fabulous
BFF Charm: Extra Sparkly Platinum
Swoonworthy Scale: 3
Talky Talk: The Script
Bonus Factors: LGBTQ, Musical
Relationship Status: Season Ticket Holder

 

Cover Story: Fabulous

Since this book is written as a script, the cover is extremely fitting. But the most appropriate aspect ...


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BOOK REVIEW

Released: Jan. 1, 1997

"For those more patient, the novelist offers a haunting commonplace book of tranquil wisdom."
Americans accustomed to the histrionic self-display of celebrity memoirs and the self-involved, studied impressionism of writers' self-portraits are likely to find Nobel laureate Mahfouz's fragmentary approach to autobiography charmingly novel. Read full book review >

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ARABIAN NIGHTS AND DAYS by Naguib Mahfouz
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Jan. 1, 1995

"The obvious comparison in English is John Barth's Chimera — but Mahfouz's greater faith in old-fashioned narrative allows him to weave modernist psychology and legendary rhetoric, making his Arabian Nights both disturbing and spellbinding."
An austerely modern reworking of The Thousand and One Nights — the most magical work yet set into English by Egyptian Nobel laureate Mahfouz (The Harafish, 1994, etc.). Read full book review >