Search Results: "Irving Burgie"


BOOK REVIEW

CARIBBEAN CARNIVAL by Irving Burgie
MUSIC AND THE ARTS
Released: Sept. 18, 1992

"Lessac's brilliantly decorative primitive paintings, sprinkled with jewel-like details like a Caribbean version of the Unicorn Tapestries, sing with gloriously intense island colors: the perfect complement to these wonderfully singable songs. (Nonfiction. 3+)"
Catchy calypso songs, many of the 13 familiar (``Day-O''; ``Michael Row the Boat''; ``Yellow Bird''; ``Kingston Market''), four actually written by Burgie (who worked with Harry Belafonte as ``Lord Burgess''), the rest traditional songs that he's arranged. Read full book review >

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THE MESSIAH STONES by Irving Benig
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Oct. 1, 1995

"First-time author Benig may not be the second coming of James Redfield, but this lightweight adventure can be a fun jaunt nonetheless. (First printing of 150,000; $100,000 ad/promo; author tour)"
A crowd-pleasing if not-especially-enlightening ``spiritual journey,'' Ö la The Celestine Prophecy, is taken by a surprisingly engaging cast of characters. Read full book review >

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THE FOURTH HAND by John Irving
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: July 10, 2001

"Recently Irving has been alternating his usual doorstoppers with slighter books like the miscellany Trying to Save Piggy Sneed (1996) and the memoir My Movie Business (1999). Don't be fooled by The Fourth Hand. He's still between novels."
A handsome TV newsman has his left hand chomped off by a hungry lion, and a former lacrosse star stays in game shape by hurling dog turds into the Charles River . . . hmmm, probably not the new Eudora Welty novel, you say? Read full book review >

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GEORGE SANTAYANA by Irving Singer
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Oct. 1, 2000

"Singer is a graceful writer, but one who seems most comfortable addressing an academic readership. Nonetheless, committed lay readers will also find this to be a sound introduction to Santayana's broad sphere of philosophic influence."
An ornately conceived, sometimes elliptical, but comprehensive and insightful examination of the work of philosopher George Santayana. Read full book review >

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THE SPRING by Clifford Irving
Released: Aug. 1, 1996

"In this case, the horizon, like Shangri-la itself, should have stayed lost."
A lumpy legal fantasy from an author more at home when he sticks to the courtroom (Final Argument, 1993, etc.). Read full book review >

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GÖRING by David Irving
Released: March 23, 1989

British historian Irving (The Destruction of Dresden, The Trail of the Fox, Hitler's War, etc.) now undertakes a surprisingly rare—and baldly melodramatic—documentation of Hitler's number-two man, Reichsmarschal Hermann Goring. Read full book review >

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MY MOVIE BUSINESS by John Irving
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Nov. 1, 1999

"If Irving had treated this subject as fiction, it would have been a much more grippingly incredible story."
From the master of the absurdist novel, an ordinary tale of moviemaking. Read full book review >

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IN ONE PERSON by John Irving
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: May 8, 2012

"Woody Allen's bon mot about bisexuality is that it doubled one's chances for a date, but in this novel Irving explores in his usual discursive style some of the more serious and exhaustive consequences of Allen's one-liner."
Billy Dean (aka Billy Abbott) has a difficult time holding it together in one person, for his bisexuality pulls him in (obviously) two different directions. Read full book review >

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GOEBBELS by David Irving
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: May 23, 1996

"These twisted interpretations of the leader of the Third Reich and his crimes do not deserve to be called history. (Military History Book Club main selection)"
A ponderous, tedious, and scurrilously misleading biography of a major Nazi leader—by a fellow traveler, if not a card-carrying member, of the movement of Holocaust denial. Read full book review >