Search Results: "Iain Sinclair"


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Released: Nov. 1, 2002

"Sinclair's eccentric style works best when taken in small doses—and with the supplement of a map. (8 pages color illustrations, not seen)"
Walking tour of the neighborhoods and communities that border London's M25 highway: amusing and evocative, but bewildering to those not familiar with the territory. Read full book review >

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BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: July 24, 2012

"Loquacious, raving and madly provocative."
The nimble London-based author offers a loose-limbed set of disgruntled observations on the massively disruptive development that became the 2012 Olympic Village. Read full book review >

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AMERICAN SMOKE by Iain  Sinclair
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: April 15, 2014

"Melding reportage and memoir, this gossipy, idiosyncratic cultural history offers a fresh, unvarnished look at an eccentric, brash and dynamic cast of literary rebels."
An intrepid British writer takes to the road in search of the Beats. Read full book review >

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Released: May 1, 1993

"Lavishly phrased to a point of self-indulgence, restless, and wild: less a novel than a frenetic tour of a city and culture that, unfortunately, leaves one coolly appreciative at best."
Winner of the 1992 Encore Award in Britain, Welsh-born poet and antiquarian-bookseller Sinclair's second novel (but first US publication): a tumultuous, frenzied, and mercilessly critical story of London past and present. Read full book review >

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RODINSKY'S ROOM by Rachel Lichtenstein
NON-FICTION
Released: May 1, 2000

"Flawed in structure but beautifully written and completely captivating. (photos)"
Fascinating tale of Jewish mystic-hermit David Rodinsky, whose London room is opened up after nearly 20 years, by artist Lichtenstein and with contributions by author Sinclair (Downriver, 1993). Read full book review >

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THE RETURN OF LANNY BUDD by Upton Sinclair
Released: April 20, 1953

"But somehow, the plot seems synthetic, the development contrived, and the injection of modern socialism and a new approach to the peace movement arbitrary."
Let's put the cards on the table and confess that it was with something of relief that I accepted O Shepherd, Speak! as the end of Lanny Budd, and that his "return" was unwelcome news. Read full book review >

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CO-OP by Upton Sinclair
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Oct. 2, 1936

"Political views color the story and emotional phases are inevitable, though the emphasis is on reasoning rather than on party and the line is sharply drawn between socialism and communism."
This story does not follow exactly the thread indicated by the title. Read full book review >

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PIRATE PLUNDER'S TREASURE HUNT by Iain Smyth
ADVENTURE
Released: Sept. 1, 1996

"A miniature galleon and tiny pockets of minutiae will be appreciated and played with long after the ruse of doing detective work has faded. (Pop-up. 6-11)"
Pirate's Plunder Treasure Hunt ($16.99; Sept. 1996; 16 pp.; 0-525-45693-7): Yo-ho-ho! Read full book review >

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BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Jan. 1, 2001

"A crude but vivid account of life beyond the bounds of decency."
In 1965 Sinclair killed a store clerk during a bungled robbery. He was subsequently imprisoned in what he describes as "America's worst prison system"—and this autobiographical account supports that description. Read full book review >

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The Tortoise & the Hare by Katelyn Sinclair
Released: May 2, 2016

"A well-crafted, charming read-aloud version of a famous tale about the importance of perseverance."
A retelling of Aesop's animal fable that features unusual rhythms. Read full book review >

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DRAGON HARVEST by Upton Sinclair
Released: June 8, 1945

"My humph on the enormous success of this series (this is, I think, the sixth) is that Sinclair tells a fast paced story which has a background of known facts and of backstairs gossip of the rich and famous."
Predictable — with the big following the Lanny Budd saga has secured, for this again is dependable contemporary adventure, a thriller written against the headlines, with plausible (sometimes) footnotes to history in the contribution such a character as Lanny Budd might be making. Read full book review >