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

GREEN MOUNTAIN, WHITE CLOUD by Francois Cheng
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: April 1, 2004

"Moments here of fairytale charm, but the air at such high spiritual altitudes may be too rarefied for many Western readers."
Romantic and spiritual love in ancient China occupy this latest (The River Below, 2000, etc.) from the distinguished Chinese author long resident in France. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

Released: Jan. 13, 2014

"A study that may become the new sausage makers' bible, outstanding in its range, depth and clarity."
A culinary cri de coeur by author Vecchio and photographer Silva that explores the history, process and prospective future of sausage making. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

THE RIVER BELOW by Francois Cheng
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Oct. 1, 2000

"The River Below has its moments—quite a few, actually—as an account of its protagonist's education and as a symbolic orchestration of its several controlling themes, but it isn't much of a novel."
An ambitious and eloquent, though unfortunately sluggish, novel of ideas—the first from a distinguished art and literary critic—arrives here bearing France's 1998 Prix Femina, among other effusive accolades. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

TEN LITTLE CHRISTMAS PRESENTS by Jean Marzollo
ANIMALS
Released: Oct. 1, 2008

"Teachers and librarians will find this a good fit for story hours about counting or Christmas presents, although its trim size limits its use to smaller audiences. (Picture book. 1-5)"
Marzollo, the author of the clever rhymes in the I Spy series, offers a reverse counting book for toddlers and preschoolers. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

DANIEL IN THE LION’S DEN by Jean Marzollo
BIOGRAPHY
Released: Feb. 1, 2004

"2004). (Nonfiction. 3-8)"
Marzollo, author of the I Spy series, here turns her hand to illustration as well in the first of a new series of Bible story retellings for young children. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

YONDERFEL’S CASTLE by Jean Gralley
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 1, 2009

"The result is a dry twist on a universal truth: Truly, no good deed goes unpunished. (Picture book. 5-9)"
King Yonderfel was once revered for his generous spirit; he beckoned all travelers to visit until his castle overflowed with guests. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

THIS IS NOT A BOOK by Jean Jullien
CHILDREN'S
Released: March 28, 2016

"A decidedly mixed bag of ideas that does not quite come together. (Board book. 3-5)"
This unusual board book is a visual ode to both the rectangular and things that open and close. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

BEFORE & AFTER by Jean Jullien
CHILDREN'S
Released: March 13, 2017

"Older preschoolers maturing from concrete thinking to more abstract thought will find this a hoot. (Board book. 3-5)"
Whimsical illustrations challenge young readers to go beyond the obvious. Read full book review >