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 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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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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CHECKPOINT by Jean-Christophe Rufin
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: May 2, 2017

"A novel of war that asks hard questions about what decency demands of us as human beings."
Five aid workers with divergent agendas drive a truck loaded with supplies into the heart of war-torn Bosnia. 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 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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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 >