Search Results: "Jean-Philippe Toussaint"


BOOK REVIEW

MONSIEUR by Jean-Philippe Toussaint
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: July 1, 1991

"A splendidly realized portrait of a non-hero, whose boring life is anything but."
Another deceptively slender novel from French writer Toussaint, more austere than The Bathroom (1990) but just as accomplished. Read full book review >

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TELEVISION by Jean-Philippe Toussaint
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Nov. 16, 2004

"Ever so slightly redundant and attenuated, but most readers will be charmed nonetheless. Very entertaining indeed."
In a wry 1997 novel, his fourth in English translation, clever Belgian author Toussaint (Making Love, 2004, etc.) tackles the omnipresence of television in contemporary culture. Read full book review >

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MAKING LOVE by Jean-Philippe Toussaint
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Feb. 1, 2004

"Edgy prose that elegantly distills a disturbing take on love."
From the author of Monsieur (1991), etc., a moody, often claustrophobic, and viscerally intense evocation of the end of an affair that's begun in France and ends in Japan. Read full book review >

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TOUSSAINT L'OUVERTURE by Walter Dean Myers
BIOGRAPHY
Released: Oct. 1, 1996

"Myers makes the story accessible, underplaying the text in light of the expressive paintings. (Picture book/nonfiction. 4-8)"
Myers (Glorious Angels, 1995, etc.), inspired by a series of 1930s paintings by Lawrence, pens a straightforward narrative, subtitled "The Fight for Haiti's Freedom," about the freedom fighter Toussaint L'Ouverture. Read full book review >

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PIERRE TOUSSAINT by Arthur Jones
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Sept. 16, 2003

"An engaging picture of a life that was, in itself, a miracle."
The rags-to-respect story of a Haitian-born slave whose emigration to NYC unfolded a lifetime of good works in the name of faith that now prompt proposals to make him the first black American Catholic saint. Read full book review >

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TOUSSAINT LOUVERTURE by Philippe Girard
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Nov. 22, 2016

"A groundbreaking biography that underscores the difficulties of leading slaves to freedom and avoiding violent extremes."
A biography of the man who challenged the power of the leading empires of his day and led the only successful slave revolt in human history. Read full book review >

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TOUSSAINT LOUVERTURE by Madison Smartt Bell
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Jan. 16, 2007

"An informed correction to biographies that have demonized or lionized Toussaint. Note: Bell's documentation is erratic; sometimes he identifies his sources, sometimes he doesn't."
A sympathetic and sometimes necessarily speculative biography of the Haitian leader whose military and political acumen made possible the independence of his country—although he died in a French prison before the official declaration on Jan. 1, 1804. Read full book review >

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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 >

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PHILIPPE THE BLACK SHEEP by Jean Dupont
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 12, 2016

"A feast of food, heart's desire, and rising to the occasion with brio and dash. (Picture book. 4-8)"
A salt marsh lamb living in the shadow of Mont Saint-Michel rebels against his destiny. Read full book review >

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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 >

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NON-FICTION
Released: Oct. 1, 1997

"It seems that she wrote the book for no other reason than that the subject fascinated her—and what better reason could a reader ask for in an author?"
A tantalizing glimpse of a lost world. Read full book review >

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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 >