Search Results: "Emile Habiby"


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EMILE by Tomi Ungerer
Kirkus Star
illustrated by Tomi Ungerer
ADVENTURE
Released: March 30, 1960

"Tomi Ungerer's green hero is at once comical and deeply evocative of the life beneath the sea."
Emile is an octopus with a civic conscience and a great facility for doing good, thanks to his ample supply of appendages. Read full book review >

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THE SECRET LIFE OF SAEED by Emile Habiby
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Jan. 1, 2001

"An entertaining and thought-provoking minor classic."
A comic antihero's unexpected transformation from wily survivor into principled man of his people is observed with ebullient wit and understated empathy in this famous 1974 novel by Habiby, a Palestinian Arab (1919-98) who lived in Israel and was elected to the Knesset. Read full book review >

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THE RISING OF THE MOON by Emile Capouya
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Feb. 1, 2003

"With its noirish sensibility and restless anecdotes, Capouya's tale sets a compelling tone, resembling a landscape awash in moonlight, as striking for its shadows as for its substance."
Reminiscent at its darkest of B. Traven, and echoing overall the hard-boiled fiction of an earlier era, this short, sharp novel from prizewinning Capouya (In the Sparrow Hills, 1994, etc.) charts the bleak course of a young merchant seaman toughing it out in the Mediterranean after WWII. Read full book review >

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IN THE SPARROW HILLS by Emile Capouya
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: April 1, 1993

"Odd—and also affected."
Conscience, violence, the nature of memory, good and bad faith—these are some of the themes fluffed and styled by longtime literaryman Capouya (former literary editor of The Nation; now publisher of New Amsterdam Books) in what he terms ``stories,'' although they read more like feckless, somewhat unctuous memoirs. Read full book review >

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FOR A NIGHT OF LOVE by Emile Zola
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Feb. 15, 2003

"For those who find Zola insufferably turgid, this racy little volume is the perfect antidote."
Religion, money, and sex are the general subjects of these three arresting (previously untranslated) short stories by the French master of documentary realism and bloodcurdling melodrama. Read full book review >

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MR. OKRA SELLS FRESH FRUITS AND VEGETABLES by Lashon Daley
CHILDREN'S
Released: Feb. 1, 2016

"A taste of the Big Easy that may whet appetites for a real visit—not to mention a healthy snack. (author's note) (Informational picture book. 6-8)"
A luscious tribute to a New Orleans institution and to the city he supplies. Read full book review >

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FOUR KINDS OF RAIN by Robert Ward
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: Oct. 9, 2006

"A mixed bag from veteran novelist (Grace, 1998, etc.) and TV writer (Hill Street Blues, etc.) Ward. There are several funny setups and quirky characters, but the prose often strains for humor and edge."
A down-and-out psychiatrist puts together a ragtag gang to rob one of his clients in this comic caper. Read full book review >

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THE STRANGER NEXT DOOR by Amélie Nothomb
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Jan. 1, 1998

"This isn't the first time that the veneer of civilization has been stripped away to show monstrous urges beneath, but the tables turn here in a particularly eerie, chilling manner, in a combination of psychological astuteness and considerable craftsmanship."
Country life and neighborliness are fat targets in this savage little story, the US debut for young Brussels-based Nothomb, whose previous five novels have won acclaim in France. êmile Hazel, retired high-school classics teacher, relocates to the south of France with his wife Juliette, to what is for them a dream house, isolated and picturesque, and thus in every way the antithesis of their former city lives. Read full book review >