Search Results: "Edward Rutherfurd"


BOOK REVIEW

PARIS by Edward Rutherfurd
Released: April 23, 2013

"For all its merits, Rutherfurd's latest is too big and too professorial for comfort—Edmund White could have written his own À la recherche du temps perdu in the same space."
Overstuffed yarn of the ville lumière from city-hopping epic-smith Rutherfurd (New York, 2009, etc.). Read full book review >

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THE PRINCES OF IRELAND by Edward Rutherfurd
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: March 2, 2004

"As always with Rutherfurd, the narrative sweep is subordinated to the history place—agreeably so. If you've a taste for Ireland, this will be your cup of tea—but Celtophobes may ask to be excused before they even get to the second course."
Rutherfurd (The Forest, 2000, etc.) takes on Ireland in his latest historical doorstopper, covering (in this first of two volumes) roughly a thousand years—from the tribal period antedating Christianity to the Tudor conquest under Henry VIII. Read full book review >

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THE FOREST by Edward Rutherfurd
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: April 1, 2000

"Popular fiction at its best. ($300,000 ad/promo)"
England's James Michener will undoubtedly have another huge commercial success with this history-drenched blockbuster, which essentially resembles it predecessors: Sarum (1987), Russka (1991), and London (1997).The subject is England's southern "New Forest" area, originally founded as a game preserve by William the Conqueror, and prized as "a source of inspiration, of study and recreation" throughout the centuries thereafter. Read full book review >

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LONDON by Edward Rutherfurd
Released: June 1, 1997

"Still, this is a vigorous, colorful narrative, a pleasant if unsurprising entertainment."
Rutherfurd, having celebrated at some length the growth of an English cathedral town (Sarum, 1987) and the turbulent history of Russia (Russka, 1991), offers a massive survey in fictional form of London's long history. Read full book review >

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NEW YORK by Edward Rutherfurd
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Nov. 10, 2009

"A mixed bag, with effective plotting hampered by clunky writing."
Sprawling but undercooked saga of Manhattan and environs. Read full book review >

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RUSSKA by Edward Rutherfurd
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Sept. 1, 1991

A well-written, episodic, dense, at times infuriatingly complex historical saga of Russia by the author of the similarly massive Sarum, which tries—often quite successfully—to re-create the evolution of a mysterious and backward nation riddled with war, political confusion, and religious upheaval. Read full book review >

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HEAP HOUSE by Edward Carey
CHILDREN'S
Released: Oct. 2, 2014

"Magnificently creepy. (Horror. 10-16)"
The first in a deliciously macabre trilogy for middle graders and young teens channels Dickens crossed with Lemony Snicket.
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VERY HAIRY HARRY by Edward Koren
CHILDREN'S
Released: Aug. 1, 2003

"Next to fellow cartoonist William Steig's Pete's a Pizza, or, more on topic, Kathleen Krull's Clip, Clip, Clip: Three Stories About Hair, illustrated by Paul Brewer, this comes off as a hesitant, under-plotted effort. (Picture book. 5-7)"
New Yorker cartoonist Koren transfers his trademark hirsute, Bigfoot-like figures to a new format, but then doesn't do much with them. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

ONE by Edward Mapplethorpe
NON-FICTION
Released: May 1, 2016

"A wonderful portfolio of little monsters—or little angels, as you prefer."
A noted photographer turns from his previous interest in abstract portraiture to immediate, evocative studies of infants in their splendid innocence. Read full book review >

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MARY ASTOR'S PURPLE DIARY by Edward Sorel
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Oct. 4, 2016

"What was then labeled 'the worst case of dynamite in Hollywood history' seems pretty tame today, but Sorel's command of tone and pen sustains readers' interest."
A charming slice of retro Hollywood tabloid scandal. Read full book review >

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TWIST OF THE BLADE by Edward Willett
YOUNG ADULT
Released: Sept. 1, 2014

"Engrossing and more nuanced than its predecessor. (Fantasy. 12-16)
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The sequel to The Song of the Sword (2014) improves on its foundation.Read full book review >

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CAMERON AND THE GIRLS by Edward Averett
YOUNG ADULT
Released: April 16, 2013

"Complex questions are carefully presented but answered too simply in this nevertheless intriguing exploration. (Fiction. 12-16)"
In an engaging if predictable cautionary tale, 14-year-old Cameron stops taking medications for his schizophreniform disorder and finds that his choice brings unwanted consequences. Read full book review >