Search Results: "Ferdinand Mount"


BOOK REVIEW

THE MAN WHO RODE AMPERSAND by Ferdinand Mount
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: July 1, 2002

"Too bad, because on the evidence of Fairness, at least, Mount's Chronicle had been getting better as it went along."
A bona fide English eccentric takes center stage in the initial volume of TLS editor Mount's novel cycle A Chronicle of Modern Twilight (Fairness, 2001, etc.). Read full book review >

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FAIRNESS by Ferdinand Mount
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Aug. 1, 2001

"Fairness rambles, but hits most of its targets dead-on. One wishes the entire Chronicle were available here, and suspects this appealingly shaggy tale may look even better when read in its rightful context."
An eloquent comic picture of Stately Old England in precipitous economic and moral decline—a picture that emerges gradually from the episodic momentum of this ambitious novel by the British author (and former TLS editor) best known here for his colorful historical pastiche Jem (and Sam) (1999). Read full book review >

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NON-FICTION
Released: Dec. 14, 1992

"Coinciding with an election year that's focused on these myths, Mount's argument acquires a particularly ironic twist- -for one way demagogues control the family, he shows, is to claim they are in favor of it."
From TLS editor Mount (The Selkirk Strip, 1988, etc.): a controversial history of love and marriage in Europe that reveals how threatening private relationships have been to both church and state—and how those institutions have unsuccessfully attempted to suppress private relationships by perpetuating myths about how modern or unstable or unnatural such relationships are. Read full book review >

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ARCHDUKE FRANZ FERDINAND LIVES! by Richard Ned Lebow
NON-FICTION
Released: Jan. 7, 2014

"Astute, challenging exercises in consequence and contingency."
An alternate history of how the world would have emerged if World War I had not occurred. Read full book review >

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MOUNT APPETITE by Bill Gaston
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: April 30, 2005

"Intriguing short fiction, told in a distinctive, poetic prose."
A dozen taut and mysterious tales by Canadian poet and novelist Gaston (The Good Body, 2001) explore powerful addictions, cravings and desires. Read full book review >

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MOUNT MISERY by Samuel Shem
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: March 1, 1997

"Shem begins as an angry satirist and ends in a kind of blissed-out parody of Kahlil Gibran."
Sequel to Shem's widely read House of God (1981, not reviewed), about the horrors of med school. Read full book review >

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THE MOUNT by Carol Emshwiller
SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY
Released: Aug. 1, 2002

"A deceptively simple, clear-eyed story that should find its sympathetic Gullivers."
The revolt of the Houyhnhnms against the Yahoos forms the essential allegorical plot behind fantasist Emshwiller's astutely crafted, occasionally maudlin latest, on the tail of her fourth story collection (Report to the Men's Club, p. 901). Read full book review >

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MOUNT DRAGON by Douglas Preston
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Feb. 1, 1996

"Didactic at times, but, still, the thrillfest runs full-force to (almost) the very last page. (Author tour)"
Following fast on the heels of 1995's Relic—the scariest thriller ever set in the American Museum of Natural History— dynamic duo Douglas and Child once again demonstrate their mastery of the genre, this time hopping the killer-virus bandwagon to evoke plenty of healthy bioparanoia. Read full book review >

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FERDINAND FOX'S FIRST SUMMER by Mary Holland
CHILDREN'S
Released: Feb. 10, 2013

"Young animal lovers will be sure to check this out, even if they don't return to it for repeat readings. (Nonfiction. 4-7)"
Adorable photos of baby foxes that fill the double-page spreads make this one hard to resist, even though it is a little light. Read full book review >

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Released: Sept. 11, 1936

"The most original and amusing thing Leaf has done."
This has an irresistible appeal to the sense of the ridiculous. Read full book review >

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MOUNT TERMINUS by David Grand
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: March 4, 2014

"A dense, difficult and demanding read—not for every taste."
A novel that works on many levels—allegorical, historic and mythic. Read full book review >