Search Results: "Ishmael Reed"


BOOK REVIEW

ISHMAEL by Daniel Quinn
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Jan. 15, 1992

"A washout as a story, with zero emotional punch; but of substantial intellectual appeal as the extensive Q&A passages (despite their wild generalities and smug self-assurance) invariably challenge and provoke: both Socrates and King Kong might be pleased."
Here's the novel that, out of 2500 submissions, won the ecological-minded Turner Tomorrow Award—and caused a mutiny among the judges when it was awarded the $500,000 first prize. Read full book review >

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JAPANESE BY SPRING by Ishmael Reed
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Feb. 1, 1993

"There's not much novel here beyond the screed-element, but in his own inimitable way Reed is able to activate Zeitgeist-y opinions the way hardly anyone else does, or even tries to do."
Don't let the bucolic-sounding title mislead: this is Reed (The Terrible Threes, 1989, etc.) at his general level of pugnaciousness, exaggeration, cartoon, and troublemaking. Read full book review >

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BLUES CITY by Ishmael Reed
NON-FICTION
Released: Sept. 2, 2003

"Oakland awaits a better tribute."
Lackluster potpourri of urban history, walking tour, and cultural events from novelist and polemicist Reed (Another Day at the Front, 2003, etc.). Read full book review >

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ESSAYS & ANTHOLOGIES
Released: July 15, 2008

"Worthwhile reading from an important voice."
Reed (Blues City, 2003, etc.) thinks the media's portrayal of black people is racist—and he's probably right. Read full book review >

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THE TERRIBLE THREES by Ishmael Reed
Released: March 2, 1989

Back in 1982, Reed cast a baleful eye on the near-future follies of the military-industrial-commercial Christmas complex in a novel called The Terrible Twos; this is its sequel. Read full book review >

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NON-FICTION
Released: Jan. 1, 2003

"A mixed bag, unified less by sustained argument than by the author's spleen."
Ishmael Reed is mad. So what else is new? Read full book review >

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NON-FICTION
Released: March 1, 1997

"It's generally contentious, sometimes confusing- -including some nonsense and noise—but there's real vitality in the chaos."
Who's afraid of hyphenated Americans? Read full book review >

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LOU REED by Anthony DeCurtis
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Oct. 10, 2017

"Essential reading for Reed fans and strongly recommended for anyone interested in rock as art."
A full-length portrait of legendary musician Lou Reed (1942-2013). Read full book review >

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PIPER REED by Kimberly Willis Holt
CHILDREN'S
Released: Aug. 1, 2007

"Launching a new series, Piper's foray sets sail with verve, fun and spunk. (Fiction. 7-10)"
Fourth-grader Piper Reed's life is a moving experience, but not the way you might think. Read full book review >

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MY ISHMAEL by Daniel Quinn
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Nov. 10, 1997

"This is the weakest of Quinn's novels, but his ideas are as thought-provoking as ever, even so. (Author tour)"
Another irresistible rant from Quinn, a sequel to his Turner Tomorrow Fellowship winner, Ishmael (1992), concerning a great, telepathic ape who dispenses ecological wisdom about the possible doom of humankind. Read full book review >

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CAROL REED by Nicholas Wapshott
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Aug. 23, 1994

"Proficiently written and well researched, this book begs a simple question: If Reed's work is for the most part undistinguished, why bother?"
A meticulous but dry biography of the British director, himself a meticulous but dry filmmaker. Read full book review >