Search Results: "Elias Savada"


BOOK REVIEW

NON-FICTION
Released: Oct. 1, 1995

"Still, this is as thorough a recounting as we can probably hope for of this extraordinary but neglected talent. (50 b&w photos, not seen)"
Knowledgeable and meticulous, this is the first full-scale biography of America's first horror-film auteur. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

Released: Dec. 8, 1995

"Others will eagerly await more revelations of Elias's intriguingly divided nature."
First translation into English of a lyrical, mysterious coming-of-age story: the initial volume (originally published in 1936) of a celebrated Flemish writer's autobiographical trilogy. Read full book review >

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NOTES FROM HAMPSTEAD by Elias Canetti
ESSAYS & ANTHOLOGIES
Released: Feb. 1, 1998

"But the few will be grateful for Canetti's book and for Hargraves's exacting translation of it."
A Nobel Prize winner illuminates topics ranging from death and great writers to religion and myth, ethnicity and creativity, and much more. Read full book review >

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SPRING BREAK by Gerald Elias
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Aug. 1, 2017

"Elias' sixth entry grafts an old-school curmudgeon detective onto a contemporary faculty farce. Despite his musical prowess, the musician isn't likable enough to draw much in the way of applause."
A blind violinist becomes a key player in a music school's faculty dysfunction. Read full book review >

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BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: April 8, 2013

"Though slow to get going, the second half of this memoir is strong stuff, with some truly amazing stories well-told."
A junkie's-eye view of three decades of addiction in Detroit and on the Lower East Side of Manhattan. Read full book review >

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DEATH AND THE MAIDEN by Gerald Elias
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: Aug. 16, 2011

"Blind Jacobus, a curmudgeon to the nth degree, redeems himself when he steps in to take the lead in 'Death and the Maiden' and performs with such emotional commitment that you'll want to race right out and buy the CD."
Discordance threatens a chamber music quartet. Read full book review >

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THE KINGDOM OF STRANGERS by Elias Khoury
Released: July 1, 1996

The Kingdom Of Strangers ($24.00; paper $16.00; Jul. 1996; 112 pp.; 1-55728-433-4; paper 1-55728-434-2): This mosaic portrayal of its author's native Lebanon besieged by civil war in fact expands into a generalized examination of the chaos and despair suffered by families everywhere during wartime (e.g., in one of its segments that describes the unlikely friendship formed by an Arab and a Jew who meet in a neutral country and are thus uninfluenced by their rival cultures). Read full book review >

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PLAYING WITH FIRE by Gerald Elias
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Sept. 1, 2016

"Readers who aren't unduly put off by the hero, whose fictional ancestors include both Sherlock Holmes and Ebenezer Scrooge, will enjoy a most unseasonal fable of the little insurance fraud that grew and grew. Merry Christmas."
Christmas 1992 brings blind violinist Daniel Jacobus (Death and Transfiguration, 2012, etc.) a mystery that creeps ever nearer his Berkshires retreat. Read full book review >

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DEVIL’S TRILL by Gerald Elias
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: Aug. 18, 2009

"Fans of ratiocination will be pleased with Utah concertmaster Elias' witty and acerbic debut, which is critical of the classical-music industry and so passionate about the music that you'll run out to buy a recording of Beethoven's Ninth, or even take up the violin."
Dueling violin aficionados disrupt Carnegie Hall. Read full book review >

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NON-FICTION
Released: April 1, 2008

"Aboujaoude is obviously proud of his work—and he should be—but his skills as a writer are seriously lacking."
Sketchy profiles of obsessive-compulsive patients, from the director of Stanford's Impulse Control Disorders Clinic. Read full book review >

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DEATH AND TRANSFIGURATION by Gerald Elias
Released: June 19, 2012

"Who could resist an insider's view of Tanglewood, an analysis of Turner's art and a dog who knows when his slobber is not appreciated? Elias (Death and the Maiden, 2011, etc.) has a nose for creative detail and a refreshing impatience with pomposity. Indulge yourself in his artfulness."
Is artistic temperament a justification for murder? Read full book review >