Search Results: "Eliseo Alberto"


BOOK REVIEW

CARACOL BEACH by Eliseo Alberto
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: May 16, 2000

"Whether or not these characters grip us, we certainly understand their phlegmatic fatalism, encapsulated in the recurring sentence 'God must know why the hell he does what he does.' Presumably, Alberto does too, but you'd never know it from Caracol Beach."
Arbitrary whimsy and narrative fireworks are the order of two tense days in June in a hitherto sleepy Florida resort (the title town)—in this heavy-breathing 1998 novel by Cuban journalist and poet Alberto. Read full book review >

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NON-FICTION
Released: Jan. 1, 2008

"Perhaps too dense for casual readers, but lotus to lovers of Homer."
Brief but rich history of a mysterious bard and two wondrous works that serve as foundation stones for Western culture. Read full book review >

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ESSAYS & ANTHOLOGIES
Released: Aug. 1, 2000

"A fine book about books that will appeal to readers of Manguel's previous work."
Graceful essays on books, reading, and the subversive possibilities of ideas. Read full book review >

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DIARY OF A RELUCTANT DREAMER by Alberto  Ledesma
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Sept. 22, 2017

"Affecting, highly charged, and deserving of broad attention."
Mexican-American scholar/writer/artist Ledesma (Graduate Diversity Director/Univ. of California) recounts his own experience of "the immigrant experience," with its tiers of risk and layers of aspiration. Read full book review >

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CURIOSITY by Alberto Manguel
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: March 17, 2015

"For casual readers, the brief personal passages may provide welcome pauses in what is a highly literate and demanding text perhaps best appreciated by followers of Manguel's previous works."
An erudite analysis and exploration of curiosity through the author's own works and those of countless others. Read full book review >

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ALL MEN ARE LIARS by Alberto Manguel
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: June 5, 2012

"This novel succeeds both as a story and an illumination of storytelling."
A beguiling exercise in metafiction, one that tells an engrossing story from various perspectives while undermining the possibility of truth in storytelling. Read full book review >

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STEVENSON UNDER THE PALM TREES by Alberto Manguel
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: Oct. 1, 2004

"A small but rich little instant classic, as though Joseph Conrad had sent up a perfect new tale from the silence beyond the grave."
Manguel (News from a Foreign Country Came, 1990; the nonfiction A History of Reading, 1995; etc.) offers a tiny but deft and quietly moving story of Robert Louis Stevenson at his premature death. Read full book review >

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EROS by Alberto Bevilacqua
Released: Nov. 20, 1996

"There's light here, but, surprisingly, not much heat."
An odd mixture of touchy-feely meditation and clinical speculation on eros and its many expressions. Read full book review >

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BAD VIBES by Alberto Fuguet
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: April 9, 1997

"Here is what the new economic prosperity engenders culturally, he implies, and thank goodness we have such a clever novelist to guide us."
An exceptionally engaging US debut, and first novel, from the Chilean Fuguet (who's published another novel and a story collection in his native land) just might signal a new stage in Latin fiction: a post-boom natural realism that finds North American precedent not in Faulkner (the hero of Garc°a M†rquez et al.) but in Salinger. Read full book review >

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Released: Oct. 1, 2004

"A reminder that daily ruminations of even a highly literate and engaging writer are not invariably erudite."
Globetrotting polyglot Manguel (Reading Pictures, 2001, etc.) rereads favorite books, one per month, as the Iraq War simmers, then boils. Read full book review >

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TRAGEDY OF CHILDHOOD by Alberto Savinio
Released: Dec. 1, 1991

"For connoisseurs only."
Savinio (1891-1952), Giorgio de Chirico's brother, holds a place in the D'Annunzian strain of hypersensitive Italian art prose; his traffic with the great Paris surrealists of the early century (he was a painter too) adds color and a willingness to bend realistic conventions at will. Read full book review >

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NON-FICTION
Released: Nov. 1, 1998

"With a few fine exceptions, then, here's the nature essay at its most quaint and rhapsodic, from empurpled pens."
paper 0-306-45992-2 Manguel's (A History of Reading, 1996, etc.) collection of natural history essays is overburdened with selections from Victorian Englishmen, with a smattering of odd gems to sustain the reader's interest. Read full book review >