Search Results: "Jean-Claude Izzo"


BOOK REVIEW

A SUN FOR THE DYING by Jean-Claude Izzo
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Aug. 1, 2008

"Difficult but rewarding reading that offers an unflinching look at a social problem, related through the journey of one sad man."
A drifter escapes to Marseilles in this dark work from Izzo (The Lost Sailors, 2007, etc.). Read full book review >

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SOLEA by Jean-Claude Izzo
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: June 15, 2007

"A story like this can't possibly end well. But poetry-spouting Fabio goes out in a blaze of glory that makes the trilogy's capstone its least nihilistic entry."
The final installment of Izzo's Marseilles trilogy plunges ex-cop Fabio Montale into an even deeper well of corruption than the first two (Total Chaos, 2005; Chourmo, 2006). Read full book review >

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THE LOST SAILORS by Jean-Claude Izzo
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Sept. 1, 2007

"Slow-building drama with a tragic denouement as inevitable and deadly as any storm at sea."
Sailors can be more lost on land than they ever were at sea, suggests this moody drama from French novelist Izzo (Solea, 2007, etc.). Read full book review >

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TOTAL CHAOS by Jean-Claude Izzo
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Nov. 1, 2005

"For better or worse, the title of this melancholy, high-energy bloodbath is just perfect. One can only wonder what new atrocities are left for the second and third installments, both due next year."
Ten years after its success in France, the first installment of Izzo's ultra-noir Marseilles trilogy finally arrives in English translation. Read full book review >

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CHOURMO by Jean-Claude Izzo
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: Sept. 1, 2006

"A bitter, sad and tender salute to a place equally impossible to love or leave. Like George Pelecanos, Izzo connects to individual lives large-scale social, economic and political forces most often encountered in op-ed columns."
Like the eponymous slaves who powered Roman galleys, the neighbors who pull together hoping against hope for escape fuel the second installment of Izzo's Marseilles trilogy. Read full book review >

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ON THE GO  by Jean Claude
illustrated by Jean Claude
CHILDREN'S
Released: March 7, 2017

"Caregivers, be prepared; these topics should provoke plenty of questions: 'What's a paramedic?'; 'What's a luxury yacht?'; 'What's an SUV?' (Board book. 1-5)"
A lexicon of locomotion. Read full book review >

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HENRY HYENA, WHY WON'T YOU LAUGH? by Doug Jantzen
CHILDREN'S
Released: July 21, 2015

"Important though the lesson is, this is too didactic and unrealistic to help children facing similar situations. (Picture book. 4-7)"
A laughless hyena regains his giggle in this debut from Jantzen and Claude. Read full book review >

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BEARS MAKE THE BEST READING BUDDIES by Carmen Oliver
CHILDREN'S
Released: March 1, 2016

"Children will surely want their own large brown reading buddies after listening to this book about the joys and challenges of reading. (Picture book. 4-6)"
Dogs (and other children) are often used as reading buddies in schools and libraries, but bears may seem a bit unusual in that role. Read full book review >

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THE PULL OF THE OCEAN by Jean-Claude Mourlevat
CHILDREN'S
Released: Nov. 14, 2006

"The prose is nightmarish but occasionally lovely, and older readers will appreciate its dark magic. (Fiction. 10-14)"
This French recasting of Perrault's Tom Thumb into a surreal contemporary version is both mesmerizing and strange. Read full book review >

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WINTER’S END by Jean-Claude Mourlevat
ADVENTURE
Released: Nov. 1, 2009

"Bravo! (Fantasy. 14 & up)"
Growing up in a dystopian society reminiscent of mid-20th-century Europe, four teens move from darkness and despair to light and hope as they pursue freedom. Read full book review >

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VIOLENCE AND COMPASSION by Dalai Lama
NON-FICTION
Released: Jan. 1, 1996

"Admirers of the Dalai Lama should not feel they have to add this to their collection."
French film writer Carriäre (The Return of Martin Guerre, etc.) does most of the talking in this set of conversations with Tibet's world-acclaimed religious leader. Read full book review >