Search Results: "E.T.A. Hoffman"


BOOK REVIEW

NUTCRACKER by E.T.A. Hoffmann
NON-FICTION
Released: Oct. 28, 1996

"A beautiful version of this classic tale, which will captivate adults and children alike. (Nutcracker; $35.00; Oct. 28, 1996; 136 pp.; 0-15-100227-4)"
This is not the Nutcracker sweet, as passed on by Tchaikovsky and Marius Petipa. Read full book review >

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THE NUTCRACKER AND THE MOUSE KING by E.T.A. Hoffman
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 1, 2009

"Though the pictures are lovely to look at, this version is really too long for most children and thus will be appropriate only for large collections needing an illustrated edition of the original story. (foreword) (Picture book. 6-9)"
Hoffman's original 1816 story serves as the text for this version, and readers familiar with the tale through the ballet will find some aspects of the plot are different. Read full book review >

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THE NUTCRACKER by E.T.A. Hoffmann
CHILDREN'S
Released: Nov. 1, 2001

"Unfortunately, there is no credit given for either the introduction or the retelling itself. (Picture book/folktale. 7-10)"
According to the introduction, the beloved Yuletide ballet that we see was based on a gentler version of the tale by Alexandre Dumas père. Read full book review >

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MY FIRST NUTCRACKER by E.T.A. Hoffman
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 13, 2007

"The spreads illustrating the Land of Sweets shift into brighter shades, with swirling accents that effectively indicate the dancers in motion. (Picture book. 3-6)"
In an introductory note to adult readers, Peters describes the evolution of the story and later ballet that have developed into an annual holiday tradition for most American ballet companies. Read full book review >

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THE NUTCRACKER by E.T.A. Hoffman
by E.T.A. Hoffman, adapted by John Cech, illustrated by Eric Puybaret
CHILDREN'S
Released: Oct. 1, 2009

"Shorter and more cheerful versions of the story are more appropriate for the season and for today's young readers. (Picture book. 6-9)"
Cech's adaptation of the holiday classic is based on Hoffman's original rather than on the later ballet. Read full book review >

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CHILDREN'S
Released: Oct. 1, 2009

"A sweet if ephemeral treat. (Picture book. 3-7)"
Two favorite Christmas stories are joined together in an unusually thick volume with sturdy, coated paper and a reinforced binding. Read full book review >

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STRAVAGANZA by Mary Hoffman
FANTASY
Released: May 1, 2005

"Bonus: Fans should flock to the history section to investigate the fascinating setting. (Fantasy. 11+)"
A crackerjack conclusion to a superior historical fantasy trilogy. Read full book review >

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LIES by William Hoffman
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Sept. 1, 2005

"Hoffman conveys the stink of poverty and the shame it can cause, but not much else."
Scenes from a dirt-poor childhood in Depression-era Virginia. Read full book review >

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WILD THORN by William Hoffman
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: Dec. 1, 2002

"A bit heavy on the backwoods caricatures, but a good read all the same: fast, and as fresh and unvarnished as a newly whittled stick."
Hoffman's latest excursion into the backwoods of Appalachia (Blood and Guile, 2000, etc.) continues the adventures of Charley LeBlanc, black sheep of a First Family of Virginia. Read full book review >

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THE RIVER KING by Alice Hoffman
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: July 17, 2000

"A host of complex, well-drawn characters and a strong story make up for a slight tendency to overdo the magic realism in a novel sure to please Hoffman's many fans."
Hoffman, a gifted writer who's been treading water lately (Local Girls, 1997, etc.), is in much better form with this compelling portrait of class tensions and personal longings in the small-town Massachusetts. Read full book review >

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Released: Sept. 20, 2000

"Steadily perceptive and brimming with informed passion, Hoffman's account opens the shades on one of the most remarkable cities on earth."
A gracefully wrought, impressionistic portrait of life in a singular Jerusalem neighborhood. Read full book review >

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HALF THE HOUSE by Richard Hoffman
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Sept. 1, 1995

"But the timing and self-serving nature of the confrontation with his father seems merely cruel and has all the logic and cathartic profundity of a 10-minute segment with Oprah or Geraldo."
This memoir is most effective when it recounts the horrors of a childhood of fear, sexual abuse, and the illness and death of siblings. Read full book review >