Search Results: "Herbert Strean"


BOOK REVIEW

NON-FICTION
Released: April 30, 1991

"A rather glib treatment of a serious problem that lingers too long on the details of murders and comes up short in its stated aim of showing how we can be more loving, constructive human beings and society can be made more thoughtful and caring."
A plea for compassion for the murderers in our midst, who in the authors' Freudian view, where good and evil do not exist, re pitiable victims, differing from the rest of us not in kind but only in degree. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

NON-FICTION
Released: April 1, 1993

"Two cheers for chat, one for content."
Novelist/essayist and professional bohemian Gold (Travels in San Francisco, 1989, etc.) surveys the past three or four decades of his wandering years. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

NON-FICTION
Released: March 1, 2003

"Repetitious and flabby (Frank can't stay in a hotel without Brian telling us the room number), with the same Dune minutiae endlessly recycled. Nonetheless, a fascinating picture of this furiously energetic, driven, determined, sometimes childlike genius."
Son Brian, who's continued dad's most famous saga (Dune: The Butlerian Jihad, 2002, etc., with Kevin J. Anderson), chronicles in endless detail the life of a writer who scaled new pinnacles in SF. Read full book review >

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INSIDE CHRISTIE'S by John Herbert
Released: Dec. 3, 1990

"All in all, however, a satisfying exploration of what for many readers is an unfamiliar world."
A revealing if occasionally stodgy account of the growing influence (and affluence) of the prestigious auction house—beginning in 1958, when the author set up the firm's press office, until his retirement in 1985. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

Released: Sept. 1, 1995

"Diverting and stimulating, this intimate record of the literary community has the feel of both working a cocktail party and browsing a bookstore."
This collectionwith more than 30 years' worth of Mitgang's writingspleasantly commingles interviews with novelists, poets, and historians with personal reflections. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

NON-FICTION
Released: April 1, 1994

"Some anecdotes and examples are repeated from earlier works, but this is must reading for Kohl fanciers and anyone looking for the humanity buried in the long debate about why Johnny can't read."
The five essays in this book are powerful reminders that currently popular ideas of school choice may be only another trendy veneer disguising the deeply rooted problems of public education. Read full book review >

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BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Nov. 1, 2011

"Leibowitz doesn't position Williams as a consistently great poet, but he saves him from the brickbats his work has recently absorbed, and gives him his due as a key figure in the creation of Modernist ideas."
A detailed biography of pioneering modernist poet William Carlos Williams (1883-1963), seen through a discriminating and skeptical eye. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

NON-FICTION
Released: Aug. 1, 2007

"Moving and perceptive—a delightful, engaging memoir on aging."
Educator Kohl (She Would Not Be Moved, 2005, etc.) returns to the classroom, this time as a student of Chinese landscape painting. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

ASH by James Herbert
Released: Dec. 11, 2012

"A yarn that has almost everything wrong with it, yet still reveals a compelling truth."
Curious blend of supernatural horror and conspiracy theory, from the veteran ghost-chaser (The Secret of Crickley Hall, 2006, etc.). Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

THE KING OF THE ANTS by Zbigniew Herbert
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Feb. 18, 1999

"Endymion' (interpreted as a love affair that challenges class boundaries) and 'Securitas' (which deftly dramatizes the Roman Empire's paranoia) are also stand-outs in an odd little book that's simultaneously flimsy and fetchingly urbane."
Eleven retellings of classical and biblical stories, selected The King Of The Ants ($22.00; Feb. 18; 96 pp.; 0-88001-618-3): Eleven retellings of classical and biblical stories, selected from volumes published previously by the great Polish poet and essayist (1924—98) whose fondness for both quaint and curious lore and hybrid literary forms links him with the late Jorge Luis Borges. Read full book review >