Search Results: "Helen Lane"


BOOK REVIEW

IN PRAISE OF THE STEPMOTHER by Helen Lane
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Oct. 1, 1990

"But readers will find themselves more intrigued by the silkiness of Vargas Llosa's control (in this respect, he has become Calvino's heir), by the suavity of his allegorical turn of mind."
A particularly mandarin performance by Vargas Llosa this time out, art- and sex-imbued, with color reproductions of paintings that set the tonal ranges of the chapters. Read full book review >

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THE GOLD OF DREAMS by José María Merino
FICTION
Released: Feb. 3, 1992

"A gratuitous bit of melodrama when—the party happens on a tribe headed by none other than Miguel's long-lost father—but it hardly detracts from the fine quality of the whole. (Fiction. 12+)"
The son of a Spanish conquistador and an Indian woman, 15- year-old Miguel VillacÇ Y¢totl, leaves his home in conquered Mexico to join an expedition in search of the golden realm of the high priestess Yupaha. Read full book review >

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AUNT JULIA AND THE SCRIPTWRITER by Helen Lane
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: July 1, 1982

"All done with the fondest savoring of the virtues of truly popular culture, innocence, imagination: a graceful, untaxing, sweetly subtle book."
Of all the major South American novelists, Vargas Llosa may be the sunniest: he never tries too hard to hold back a sophisticated yet honest amusement at how oddly life usually moves around; his stories of 1950s Lima and Peru have a vernal lilt as well as an expected complexity. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

THE PERPETUAL ORGY by Helen Lane
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Dec. 1, 1986

"A lively study of the writer's craft."
A vivacious and wonderfully immoderate study of the great novel and its creator by the Peruvian novelist. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

THE STORYTELLER by Helen Lane
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Nov. 1, 1989

"Unsatisfying and cobbled-up."
Vargas Llosa is so skilled and intelligent that when a merely good idea gets caught in his head, it has a tendency to be played out (Updike's another writer like this). Read full book review >

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BOOK REVIEW

ABE LINCOLN'S DREAM by Lane Smith
CHILDREN'S
Released: Oct. 16, 2012

"An adroit blend of humor, compassion and quiet optimism reflects the statesman's character and make this a first choice for February or anytime. (Picture book. 5-8)"
Smith transcends clichés to present a fresh and intimate glimpse of the 16th president. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

IT'S A BOOK by Lane Smith
by Lane Smith, illustrated by Lane Smith
ANIMALS
Released: Aug. 3, 2010

"Despite Smith's sly title-page introduction of 'jackass' as a legitimate animal label for donkey, this closing gibe refocuses and cheapens the humor into a gratuitous insult that yields no benefit beyond a feeling of superiority. (Picture book. 4-11)"
Saucy hilarity and clever visual characterization make this wide-audience treat delectable until the potentially off-putting final page. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

THE HAPPY HOCKY FAMILY by Lane Smith
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 1, 1993

"Fun for all. (Easy reader. 3-8)"
Seventeen extremely short stories to delight the pre-primer crowd and their younger sibs. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

GLASSES--WHO NEEDS 'EM? by Lane Smith
FICTION
Released: Sept. 1, 1991

"The real clincher is not the list but the glasses themselves: on the last spread, everything finally comes clear. The idea may be limited, but the accompanying illustrations are comical and composed with remarkable skill. Offbeat but fascinating. (Picture book. 3+)*justify no*"
In this visually sophisticated look at a boy who assertively debates with a doctor who points out that he needs glasses, the mildly witty text is secondary to a wonderful series of out-of- focus illustrations of various visages equipped with specs: not just Mom, Sis, inventors, and `' `monster-movie' stuntpeople,'' but pink elephants, planets, and potatoes. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

JOHN, PAUL, GEORGE & BEN by Lane Smith
CHILDREN'S
Released: April 1, 2006

"Still, this may serve as an entry point for kids who think that history is dry as dust, and 'Ye Olde True or False Section' really is pretty funny. (Picture book. 5-9)"
Despite the Beatles-reminiscent title, this offering concerns itself with not four, but five of the Founding Dads: John (Hancock), Paul (Revere), George (Washington), Ben (Franklin) and Tom (Jefferson). Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

PINOCCHIO, THE BOY by Lane Smith
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 1, 2002

Poor Pinocchio: suddenly everyone, even his friends, is treating him very oddly. Read full book review >