Search Results: "Frederic Raphael"


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ALL HIS SONS by Frederic Raphael
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: May 1, 2001

"'Try not to be cruel.' 'I loved Eyes Wide Shut.'"
If this were a movie written by Raphael, the climactic dialogue might sound like this: Read full book review >

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COAST TO COAST by Frederic Raphael
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: May 1, 1999

"Have you ever read a novel that's all dialogue?" Read full book review >

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BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Jan. 15, 2012

"Raphael is imposingly erudite and at pains to demonstrate it, yet there is a remarkable clarity to the writing, many elegant turns of phrase and a measure of sly humor."
Novelist, screenwriter and biographer Raphael (Ifs and Buts, 2011, etc.) succeeds admirably in recovering the reputation of much-maligned historian Titus Flavius Josephus (37-100). Read full book review >

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WAKING RAPHAEL by Leslie Forbes
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: June 29, 2004

"As in Fish, Blood and Bone (2001), Forbes uses the conventions of the romance and the thriller, transforming and discarding them at will, to illuminate the mysterious connections between past and present and bring a pair of ardent and uncommonly appealing heroines to life."
The restoration of a famed Raphael canvas reveals matters far more scandalous than hidden brushstrokes in Forbes's magical Italian idyll. Read full book review >

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DISTANT INTIMACY by Frederic Raphael
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: May 7, 2013

"High-octane lit-chat served cold, heavy on the bitters."
Personal strangers and intellectual compadres discover they have a lot to complain about. Read full book review >

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THE RAPHAEL AFFAIR by Iain Pears
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: Oct. 1, 1992

"Politely sordid art-dealing background is the highlight of this quietly lighthearted first novel by art-historian Pears (The Discovery of Painting, 1980)."
Fledgling British art historian Jonathan Argyll, picked up for vagrancy when he's found hanging around a pokey Roman church, tells a wild story: He's come to check on his hunch that an obscure Mantini canvas hanging in the church actually conceals a lost Raphael painted beneath. Read full book review >

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RAPHAEL AND THE NOBLE TASK by Catherine Salton
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Nov. 1, 2000

"It could well take ten bedtimes to read aloud and lapse into a stately tread that has its narcotic usefulness."
A telling of the dragon Raphael that guards the Great Portal of an English Cathedral—apparently a first book drawn from the author's own childhood visits to castles and cathedrals around England. Read full book review >

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THE PARISIAN WORLDS OF FREDERIC CHOPIN by William G. Atwood
NON-FICTION
Released: Dec. 1, 1999

"For lovers of the city as well as fans of Chopin, the countless scenes of the Parisian world—with their photographic clarity and robust characterizations—offer a delightful flashback to a time long gone but well-remembered. (151 illus.)"
"An artist, a man has no home in Europe save in Paris": Nietzsche's maxim could well serve as the epigraph to this scintillating biography of Chopin and his life in the French capital, in which Atwood depicts the joys of the city in as roseate a light as his hero's talents. Read full book review >

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RUNAWAY WALTZ by Frederic Morton
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: June 1, 2005

"Genuinely sentimental and stimulating on a generation's family values."
Essays on the stages of his life—boyhood in Vienna, the deracination of flight from Nazism, the trials of assimilation in New York—from one of the renowned practitioners of the form. Read full book review >

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THE SPIRIT OF '74 by Ray Raphael
NON-FICTION
Released: Sept. 15, 2015

"The authors shine a light on a dark corner of the struggle for American independence."
A well-conceived work of popular history that fills a gap in the chronology of the American Revolution. Read full book review >