Search Results: "Howard Goldblatt"


BOOK REVIEW

Released: July 1, 1995

"Still, on balance, there's too much dross among the gold."
The title is the second-best thing about this extremely uneven anthology of 20 stories written between 1985 and 1993. Read full book review >

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HOWARD HAWKS by Todd McCarthy
NON-FICTION
Released: June 1, 1997

"It portrays in wide-screen format a life until now presented only in sketches. (16 pages photos, not seen)"
A pleasingly thorough, if not critically groundbreaking, retrospective of the works and life of Hollywood's most versatile (and, to some cineasts, best) director. Read full book review >

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HOWARD ZINN by Martin Duberman
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Oct. 2, 2012

"Recommended for readers already smitten with Zinn."
A star-struck biography of the prominent historian and activist. Read full book review >

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HOWARD HUGHES by Charles Higham
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: July 1, 1993

"Undeniably a hypnotic portrait of a great American monster."
An outing of the billionaire closet bisexual by Higham, whose bios include lives of Cary Grant, Brando, Orson Welles, the Duchess of Windsor, and L.B. Mayer, among others. Read full book review >

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BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Nov. 14, 2011

"The definitive word on a loved, loathed, maddeningly complex broadcasting legend."
You could make a case that Howard Cosell (1918-1995) was the single most important sports broadcaster ever. You would be right. Read full book review >

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WOLF TOTEM by Jiang Rong
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: March 31, 2008

"Any admirer of Jack London—or of Dersu, or Farley Mowat, or other chronicles and chroniclers of wolf-human interaction—will find this a treasure."
The Call of the Wild meets Dersu Uzala in the wilds of Inner Mongolia in this sweeping debut novel by retired Chinese academician Jiang. In China, it has emerged as a zeitgeist novel, outselling any other in Chinese history short of Mao's little red book. Read full book review >

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SHIFU, YOU’LL DO ANYTHING FOR A LAUGH by Mo Yan
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Aug. 1, 2001

"Uneven work. But when Mo Yan's imagination cuts loose, and the gloves come off, he can be a provocative and powerfully original writer."
A mixed-bag collection of frequently abrasive, imaginative stories written in the 1980s and '90s by the highly visible Chinese author (Red Sorghum, 1993; The Republic of Wine, 2000). Read full book review >

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MY LIFE AS EMPEROR by Su Tong
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Feb. 16, 2005

"Not Su Tong's best, but he's always well worth reading."
The rise and fall of a callow adolescent monarch, in a strange, strained tale from the gifted Chinese author (Raise the Red Lantern, 1993; Rice, 1995). Read full book review >

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BIG BREASTS AND WIDE HIPS by Mo Yan
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Nov. 1, 2004

"Ambitious, if at times prolix."
In a sprawling saga that spans a century, the noted Chinese author chronicles the lives of the Shangguan family, graphically illustrating his country's violent past and corrupt present. Read full book review >

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THE BOAT TO REDEMPTION by Su Tong
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Sept. 1, 2011

"This meandering, oddly shaped novel is likely to be of greater impact to readers familiar with its context."
In a loosely paced, prize-winning political satire, possible descendants of a Chinese revolutionary martyr are linked to an orphan girl with a bourgeois attitude. Read full book review >

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PLEASE DON’T CALL ME HUMAN by Wang Shuo
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: July 1, 2000

"It's over the top, all right, but it's also a hoot."
The maverick Chinese author of Playing for Thrills (1997) has made even more enemies in his homeland with this abrasive and furiously imaginative satire on China's haughty traditionalism, reverence for elders, and obsession with "saving face," among other national traits. Read full book review >

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THE REPUBLIC OF WINE by Mo Yan
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: April 1, 2000

"Mo Yan has heretofore looked like China's Maxim Gorky; it now seems he may also be his country's Evelyn Waugh or Groucho Marx."
You may think you're watching Twin Peaks on Chinese television halfway through this rumbustious melodramatic satire by the internationally acclaimed author (1993's Red Sorghum, the source of a prize-winning film; The Garlic Ballads, 1995). Read full book review >