Search Results: "James Lasdun"


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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 JOYCE by Alfonso Zapico
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: May 3, 2016

"A solid account of the development of a writer not easy to encapsulate."
A graphic biography of the literary master. Read full book review >

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C.L.R. JAMES by Kent Worcester
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Jan. 1, 1996

"EWSLUGCLR James emerges from this engaging book as a man who lived his life fully and whose work is worthy of further study, and Worcester has done much to rescue his subject from oblivion."
Well-crafted biography of a man once characterized as ``the sharpest and most interesting mind that the British Caribbean has produced in three centuries of learning.'' Although the Trinidadian writer and activist Cyril Lionel Robert James (190189) was at the center of many political and literary movements in his time, he is little known today. ``By the 1960s,'' Worcester observes, ``he was an elder radical statesperson on several continents, famous for his writing and historical impact. Read full book review >

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JAMES DEAN by Val Holley
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Sept. 30, 1995

"A biography by the numbers that never quite adds up. (16 pages b&w photos, not seen)"
The author of this quotidian, excessively anecdotal life of James Dean has done a lot of research, but too rarely does he conjoin it with any real understanding. Read full book review >

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DEAR JAMES by Jon Hassler
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: May 1, 1993

"Hassler satirizes both Minnesotan and European types, but his affection for his people is evident in the great good humor that's pervasive."
Hassler's seventh (North of Hope, 1990, etc.) again delivers the goods: this time, Agatha McGee (who first appeared in A Green Journey, 1985) travels to Italy to visit her old friend and pen-pal James, a Catholic priest. 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 >