Search Results: "Jean-Christophe Valtat"


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LUMINOUS CHAOS by Jean-Christophe Valtat
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Oct. 15, 2013

"A sui generis contraption, rhapsodic and strange; a breathless adventure for bent intellectuals."
The second mind-bending installment of The Mysteries of New Venice. Read full book review >

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3 by Jean-Christophe Valtat
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: July 1, 2010

"Valtat has a nice eye for metaphor, but the book's tone is static. As the narrator considers his youth there's little evidence that he's matured; at best, he's just grown capable of articulating his condescension in philosophical terms."
A man looks back on his awkward, insecure adolescence, specifically his obsession with a special-needs girl, in this novella from French writer Valtat. Read full book review >

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THE RED COLLAR by Jean-Christophe Rufin
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: July 21, 2015

"Rufin's novel is meticulous and orderly in its depictions of basically sympathetic characters trying to understand one another and find a common ground."
A heroic veteran of World War I faces trial for a mysterious offense. Read full book review >

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THE SIEGE OF ISFAHAN by Jean-Christophe Rufin
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: March 1, 2001

"Absolute nonsense—and immensely entertaining."
This heavy-breathing sequel to Rufin's popular romantic adventure and surprise Prix Goncourt winner, The Abyssinian (not reviewed), takes stalwart apothecary Jean-Baptiste Poncet from his homeland to Russia (in the early 19th century), and a series of dangerous exploits that climax upon his return to Isfahan, then under attack by Afghanistan. Read full book review >

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BRAZIL RED by Jean-Christophe Rufin
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Sept. 1, 2004

"Sprawling and slow, of interest mainly to those with a knowledge of the arcane history of French colonization."
Rufin's third (The Siege of Isfahan, 2001, etc.) is based on the French colonization of Brazil, which inspired Montaigne's essay "On Cannibalism" and his "myth of the noble savage." Read full book review >

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THE EMPIRE OF THE WOLVES by Jean-Christophe Grangé
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: Jan. 7, 2005

"The author's healthy appetite for merrily killing off any and all of his characters is not enough, alas, to add suspense to his tale."
Fourth novel from French reporter-turned-mystery-writer Grangé (The Stone Council, 2002, etc.), packed chock-full with extreme mutilations. Read full book review >

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BAND INSTRUMENTS by Christophe Boncens
CHILDREN'S
Released: May 1, 2015

"The strongest aspect of this otherwise mediocre offering is the quality of the sound, making it and its companion good options for board-book collections lacking multisensory titles. (Board book. 2-4)"
A brief introduction to five band instruments with accompanying sound. Read full book review >

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THE STONE COUNCIL by Jean-Christophe Grangé
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: Feb. 1, 2001

"No paranoia here. Unlike Ira Levin in Rosemary's Baby or Richard Condon in The Manchurian Candidate, Grangé (Flight of the Storks, 2001, etc.) fails to create a shadowy world that can make unbelievers believe."
A flat-footed thriller about a mother's quest to uncover the dark forces that threaten her adopted son. Read full book review >

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AMIABLE WITH BIG TEETH  by Claude McKay
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Feb. 7, 2017

"Full of now-arcane references to historical moments and political movements past but still engaging and well-paced."
Newly discovered novel by the great chronicler of the Harlem Renaissance, a sweeping satire of clashing ideologies and ambitions north of 110th Street. Read full book review >