Search Results: "James Lasdun"


BOOK REVIEW

THREE EVENINGS by James Lasdun
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: June 1, 1992

"So, though Lasdun's ideal model might be Henry James's ghost stories, the actual execution here more suggests an overupholstered Roald Dahl."
Lasdun's short-story surrealism made an impression in his 1986 debut, Delirium Eclipse, but the lavish stylization and overdetermination of this young British writer's method comes up shorter this time. Read full book review >

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IT’S BEGINNING TO HURT by James Lasdun
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Aug. 3, 2009

"Merits comparison with the understated artistry of William Trevor or Graham Swift."
Stellar collection combines a sharp eye for detail, subtle character development and virtuosic command of narrative voice. Read full book review >

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THE FALL GUY by James Lasdun
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Oct. 18, 2016

"A nasty piece of work, well done."
Buried resentments and obsessive attractions drive three vacationers way over the edge. Read full book review >

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GIVE ME EVERYTHING YOU HAVE by James Lasdun
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Feb. 12, 2013

"A horrifying cautionary tale that reveals the vast dimensions of our vulnerability in the cyber age."
The story of a 30-something college student who employed an array of digital weapons to attack her writing professor, who loved her writing but rejected her amorous advances. Read full book review >

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SEVEN LIES by James Lasdun
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Oct. 1, 2005

"Good reading, but bad news for anyone who has ever fudged the truth."
The poisonous compromises and complicities of the old German Democratic Republic follow a child of the system from East Berlin to the America of his dreams. Read full book review >

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THE HORNED MAN by James Lasdun
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: April 1, 2001

"Somewhat slow in setting his scenes, Lasdun nonetheless creates a vivid and terrifying account that gains intensity from momentum—and ultimately proves quite surprising in its denouement."
An intricate thriller about a college professor pursued by an unknown enemy, in a well-crafted debut novel from poet and short-story writer Lasdun (Three Evenings, 1992, etc.). Read full book review >

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JAMES GANDOLFINI by Dan Bischoff
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: April 8, 2014

"Not the last word but an earnest, endearing homage to an outstanding actor."
A bittersweet biography of an intensely private artist. Read full book review >

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JENNIEMAE & JAMES by Brooke Newman
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: March 30, 2010

"A low-key, sweet portrait of an unusual friendship. Jenniemae is a scene-stealer, though, and the strongest parts of the memoir focus on her and her community."
A grown daughter remembers her troubled, genius father's endearing friendship with their charismatic maid. Read full book review >

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JAMES MONROE by Gary Hart
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Oct. 5, 2005

"A well-written, useful précis of Monroe's life and career."
A nearly forgotten president comes in for soft-spoken tribute, courtesy of one-time U.S. Senator Hart (The Fourth Power, 2004, etc.). Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

CHILDREN'S
Released: May 1, 1997

"In an afterword, Jacobs describes his contact with one of Printer's books, an encounter that only makes this novel more vital. (Fiction. 10-14)"
Jacobs (Sleepers, Wake, 1991) makes clear the tragedy of an artist inhibited by the circumstances of his birth in this unusual historical novel, set during a brutal English-Indian war in 17th-century Massachusetts. Read full book review >