Search Results: "Georges Minois"


BOOK REVIEW

NON-FICTION
Released: Jan. 5, 1999

"It may be too thorough for the casual reader, but gory anecdotes and effective reference to overarching intellectual trends make the book edifying and morbidly enjoyable."
Minois's book follows the religious, philosophical, literary, and judicial debate for and against self-murder from antiquity to the end of the Enlightenment, demonstrating the close connection between political power, religious authority, social status, and the freedom to die. Read full book review >

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GEORGES BRAQUE by Alex Danchev
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Dec. 1, 2005

"Scholars are unlikely to agree that Braque's reputation will come to rest as high as Danchev insists."
An enthusiastic appraisal of the French painter's work, but a less compelling account of his life. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

NON-FICTION
Released: Nov. 1, 2011

"An endearing twist on the super-chef cookbook, geared toward creative home cooks who want to explore new tastes."
Rediscover the joy in home cooking along with star chef Vongerichten (Asian Flavors of Jean-Georges, 2007, etc.). Read full book review >

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THE GEORGES AND THE JEWELS by Jane Smiley
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 8, 2009

"It's the minute details of work with the horses that make this book sing, and horse-mad readers will snap it up. (Historical fiction. 10-14)"
Abby's father names all the male horses that come through their farm George and all the female horses Jewel, and Abby knows it's to keep the family from becoming too attached to them. Read full book review >

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THE TWO GEORGES by Richard Dreyfuss
SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY
Released: March 1, 1996

"Despite the rather ponderous approach, Dreyfuss and Turtledove's might-have-been world—something like an indefinitely extended Victorian idyll—charms as it intrigues, and the above- average characters help compensate for the movie-ish sleuthing."
Alternate-world yarn from Oscar winner Dreyfuss and Hugo winner Turtledove (Worldwar: Upsetting the Balance, 1995). Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

ACROSS THE STREET by Georges Simenon
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Oct. 1, 1992

"A somber story marked by the author's acute perceptions of human nature and his lean, elegant writing style."
One of Simenon's penetrating psychological studies (Donadieu's Will, etc.), first published in 1945 in France. Read full book review >

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DONADIEU'S WILL by Georges Simenon
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: April 1, 1991

"Moderately engrossing but less than top Simenon."
A dark-toned chronicle of the heyday and downfall of the rich, concervative, shipowning Donadieu family of La Rochelle, headed in the 30's by father Oscar who has suffered a fatal if questionable, accident as the story opens. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

A VOID by Georges Perec
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Jan. 19, 1995

"A mind-blowing feat of writing and translation."
The late French linguistic virtuoso Perec (193682; Things and A Man Asleep, 1990, etc.), wrote this brilliant book that contains not one letter E (we kid you not) in 1969, and, until now, no one was up to this extreme translating challenge. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

MAIGRET AT THE GAI-MOULIN by Georges Simenon
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Sept. 1, 1991

"Not one of Maigret's more brilliant triumphs but interesting for its penetrating character studies—especially of those teenagers in deep trouble."
In this brief novel, first published in 1940, Inspector Maigret goes undercover to solve a murder in the Belgian city of Liäge, where the body of Greek playboy Ephraim Graphopoulos has been found, stuffed in a wicker basket, at the town zoo. Read full book review >

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THE SUSPECT by Georges Simenon
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Sept. 1, 1991

"Dull and repetitive in its endless descriptions of seedy, waterfront bars, even seedier rooming houses, and shabby, truculent characters; only Chave's sweet, stubborn persona makes this story, first published in 1938, mildly palatable."
An overextended look at the terrorist underworld of Paris in the Thirties, seen through the eyes of sentimental Pierre Chave—an armchair anarchist, AWOL from the French Army, who's now living a quiet life in Brussels with his wife, young son, and subsistence job. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

THE CATTLE CAR by Georges Hyvernaud
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: June 1, 1997

"But the book isn't at all hermetic: It is further enlivened by vividly drawn characters and a commonsensical appreciation of the mundane satisfactions of simply making do and getting by."
The Cattle Car ($49.95; paper $15.95; June 1997; 154 pp.; 0-8101-6030-7; paper 0-8101-6031-5): Another view of WW II and its aftermath, in the first English translation of a novel (originally published in 1953 in France) by a critic and teacher who therein turned his own experiences and his reflections on them into a seductive metafiction. Read full book review >