Search Results: "Jean-Claude Mourlevat"


BOOK REVIEW

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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THE SECRET LANGUAGE OF FILM by Jean-Claude Carrière
NON-FICTION
Released: Sept. 19, 1994

"Deserves a place on a small shelf alongside such oddities as Bresson's Notes on Cinematography and Tarkovsky's Sculpting in Time, studies in the philosophy of film written by great practitioners of the art."
One of Europe's most distinguished screenwriters offers a philosophical rumination on his chosen medium, but those led by the title to expect a glimpse into the hidden world of filmmaking will be disappointed. Read full book review >

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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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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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JOSEPHINE by Jean-Claude Baker
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Jan. 1, 1994

"No whitewash but sympathetic and gripping indeed. (Photos—32 pp.—not seen)"
Latest and perhaps best of several recent bios of Josephine Baker (e.g., Phyllis Rose's Jazz Cleopatra, 1989)—this one by the performer's semiadopted/fully discarded son (owner of a Manhattan restaurant named Chez Josephine) and Chase (The Great American Waistline, 1981, etc.). Read full book review >

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PLEASE, MR. EINSTEIN by Jean-Claude Carrière
SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY
Released: Nov. 1, 2006

"A playful yet carefully engineered pop-physics excursion, with a host considerably livelier than most narrators on the Discovery Channel."
Einstein made (relatively) simple. 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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STOLEN WORDS by Amy Goldman Koss
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 1, 2001

"Even though the subject is sad, the overriding message of the book—despite crushing loss life does continue—is a hopeful one and Koss leavens the mood with her protagonist's amusing and astute observations. (Fiction. 10-12)"
Five months after a tragic car accident kills an 11-year-old girl's favorite aunt, she and her family travel to Austria to get away from their grief. Read full book review >

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NON-FICTION
Released: Nov. 28, 2005

"Reading or attempting to read this ponderous and pretentious treatise will not help the ambivalent woman come to a decision about cosmetic surgery, but it may well induce some beauty sleep."
From a French cosmetic surgeon comes word that true beauty is found not in facial perfection but in a certain je ne sais quoi that he labels seductiveness. Read full book review >