Search Results: "Jean-Francois Revel"


BOOK REVIEW

NON-FICTION
Released: Sept. 13, 1993

"It need only claim the name."
The elder-statesman/philosopher of the French right ponderously warns that humanity must choose between ``democratic capitalism or extinction,'' and calls for ``liberal democracies'' to assert their ``right to intervene'' in other nations' affairs. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

NON-FICTION
Released: Sept. 1, 1991

"A conservative storm cloud of right-wing rumblings and intellectual lightning."
Though Revel's stated aim here is to examine why human beings ``neglect the genuine knowledge that is available to them and...base their conceptions and actions on false information,'' he ends up delivering mostly a tirade against the Left that becomes a vehicle for defending his earlier writings (How Democracies Perish, 1984, etc.). Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

NON-FICTION
Released: Feb. 15, 1999

"From the ever philosophical French, a rare public display of abstract ideas in lively motion. (Author tour)"
At the hands of noted French philosopher Revel (Democracy Against Itself: The Fate of the Democratic Impulse, 1993, etc.) and his son, a Tibetan monk, Ricard (Journey to Enlightenment, not reviewed), the age-old debate between reason and faith receives an intriguing twist: Western norms of thinking confront Eastern concepts of spiritual experience. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

REVEL by Maurissa Guibord
YOUNG ADULT
Released: Feb. 12, 2013

"A smooth and imaginative-enough adventure, complete with romance, monsters and mythology. (Paranormal romance. 12 & up)"
An orphan girl seeks a family and finds more than she could have expected. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

Released: Jan. 26, 1986

"All told, a welcome and important addition to the Rhys canon."
What may be the comprehensive Rhys short-story collection: a republication of the stories included in The Left Bank (1927); Tigers are Better-Looking (1969), and Sleep it Off, Lady (1976) as well as three stories that have not been previously issued in book form. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

JEAN RHYS by Carole Angier
NON-FICTION
Released: June 3, 1991

"Perhaps Angier's exhaustive but unsorted research will be of value to some future biographer who will do justice to Rhys, a fine writer."
This detailed study of the author of Quartet and Wide Sargasso Sea seems not so much a biography as a collection of annotated note cards and unedited lecture notes. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

JEAN COCTEAU by Claude Arnaud
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Sept. 27, 2016

"Arnaud's biography provides a useful corrective and will inspire renewed interest in Cocteau's work."
The first substantial life of the French surrealist writer and artist to appear in English since 1970. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

PETIT JEAN by William B. Jones
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 1, 2016

"The intense regional focus means the book will appeal mainly to visitors to the area and teachers of Arkansas history. (afterword) (Historical fiction. 7-11)"
A young Frenchwoman masquerades as a boy in order to accompany her fiance to the New World in 1732. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

JEAN LAFFITE by Susan Goldman Rubin
CHILDREN'S
Released: April 1, 2012

"Still, this will suffice as an introduction for die-hard pirate fans and add an interesting, quirky footnote to American history. (author's note, bibliography, index) (Picture book/biography. 8-11)"
Who knew that some pirates in the old days were Jewish and fought on the side of the good guys? Mateys, meet Jean Laffite, a real pirate of the Caribbean. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

JEAN-CHRISTOPHE by Romain Rolland
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: June 1, 1996

"But persistence and concentration do pay off: Rolland's artist-hero is explored with an empathetic thoroughness that is rare in fiction, and readers who truly apply themselves to this frustrating masterwork may well feel that they have, in so doing, experienced something very like an education."
Romain Rolland (18661944), who won the 1915 Nobel Prize for Literature, was a versatile and indefatigable man of letters, best remembered today for this massive roman-fleuve (published in three volumes, between 1902 and 1912), which may best be described as the history of a great musician's sensibility, the growth of his art, and the realization of his goal—roughly, the expression of man's moral nature through the creation of art. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

JEAN RENOIR by Ronald Bergan
NON-FICTION
Released: Aug. 21, 1994

"A charming work that successfully and lovingly evokes the world of one of the cinema's true giants."
Film historian Bergan (The United Artists Story, not reviewed) contributes a warm and intelligent new biography of the great French filmmaker to the celebration of the centennial of his birth this fall. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

NON-FICTION
Released: Aug. 1, 1993

When in 1923 the American writer Jean Toomer (1894-1967) published Cane, his famous lyric and experimental novel of black southern life, he received immediate recognition and acknowledgment for having produced an American literary masterpiece. Read full book review >