Search Results: "Gregory David Roberts"


BOOK REVIEW

SHANTARAM by Gregory David Roberts
Released: Oct. 18, 2004

"A roman-à-clef rejoinder to Suketu Mehta's Maximum City (p. 676), splendidly evoking an India few outsiders know."
"The truth is, the man I am was born in those moments, as I stood near the flood sticks with my face lifted to the chrismal rain": an elegantly written, page-turning blockbuster by Australian newcomer Roberts. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

DIRTY BERTIE by David Roberts
CHILDREN'S
Released: April 1, 2003

"Young readers may respond with a polite 'eeewww' or two, but neither the staring eyes in the cartoon illustrations, nor the rigidly judgmental approach, is likely to spark much beyond that. (Picture book. 5-8)"
In what amounts to a No, David! knockoff, another child with a pop-eyed, oversized head earns repeated, large-type choruses of "No, Bertie! Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

RAPUNZEL by Lynn Roberts
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 1, 2003

"Those under 30 may miss many of the cultural references, but even in this fractured form it's good to see the classic tale stayin' alive, stayin' alive. (illustrator's note) (Picture book/folktale. 8-10, adult)"
Having found an audience—an adult one, at least—for Cinderella: An Art Deco Love Story (2001), the Roberts sibs put a differently styled, but equally stylish twist on another folktale romance. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

LITTLE RED by Lynn Roberts
ANIMALS
Released: Sept. 1, 2005

"No, this isn't likely to replace traditional versions—but it should nonetheless draw a chuckle or two. (Picture book/folktale. 6-8)"
The Roberts' third style-conscious folktale remake transforms Little Red into a boy, places him in late 18th-century America and sends him through the woods to Grandma's with a jug of ginger ale. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

GREAT EXPLORATION HOAXES by David Roberts
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: March 9, 2001

"The bottom line: 'good fun for exploration buffs, and entertaining enough to appeal to a wider, offbeat audience.'"
Jon Krakauer selected this 1982 account of "breathtaking acts of deceit" by early explorers for his Modern Library Exploration series, partly because it goes far in explaining why its subjects (few of them cowards) would try so hard to convince others (or themselves) of their phony accomplishments. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

SWEET POISON by David Roberts
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Jan. 1, 2001

"Despite much political blather, a rather conventional debut whodunit—the first in a series—with ample misdirection but not much depth."
The Duke of Mersham's dinner party has not been going well. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

NON-FICTION
Released: Jan. 28, 2013

"Roberts creates a full portrait of Mawson and does justice to what famed mountaineer Sir Edmund Hillary would later call '[t]he greatest survival story in the history of exploration.'"
Mountaineer and prolific author Roberts (Finding Everett Ruess: The Life and Unsolved Disappearance of a Legendary Wilderness Explorer, 2011, etc.) returns with a vivid history of Australian explorer Douglas Mawson (1882-1958) and his 1912 exploration of Antarctica. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

NON-FICTION
Released: April 1, 1997

"As educational as it is exciting, written with wit and compassion, this is highly recommended reading for adventure enthusiasts of all stripes."
A collection of essays (some reprinted from Outside and other magazines) certain to provide vicarious thrills for even the most hardened adventure reader, laced with humor and cogent observations about modern-day wilderness exploration. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

THE QUALITY OF MERCY by David Roberts
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: Dec. 1, 2006

"Roberts's effortless grasp of his subject and era are matched by his pitch-perfect prose."
On the brink of WWII, journalist Verity Browne ruffles official feathers, rescues a Jewish artist from the Nazis and solves a murder. Read full book review >

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NON-FICTION
Released: July 1, 2009

"A thorough and admiring portrait."
From prolific mountaineering writer Roberts (Devil's Gate: Brigham Young and the Great Mormon Handcart Tragedy, 2008, etc.), a well-crafted biography of "the greatest mountaineer in Alaskan history." Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

NON-FICTION
Released: June 3, 2000

"Not as gripping as Into Thin Air, but fans of daring outdoor exploits (especially those with long memories) will find this a satisfying armchair adventure."
A former true believer discovers that Maurice Herzog's best-selling Annapurna (a stirring, romantic account of the first ascent of an 8,000-meter peak in the Himalayas) left out some of the adventure's nastier details and some of the team's more rancorous moments. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

NON-FICTION
Released: Oct. 1, 2004

"Certainly enticing stuff for buffs of things southwestern, but more so to readers with an eye to the ironies and paradoxes of history."
A close look at one of the most bloody, mysterious episodes in the history of what's now the Southwest. Read full book review >