Search Results: "Jens Ahlbom"


BOOK REVIEW

CHRISTMAS EVE AT SANTA'S by Alf Proysen
CHILDREN'S
Released: Oct. 23, 1992

"With lively, affectionately satirical illustrations, this merry Swedish import makes a novel and amusing addition to the Christmas shelf. (Picture book. 4-8)"
Carpenter Anderson has just put on his Santa suit to deliver gifts to his children when he slips on the ice and bumps into another man with a beard, a red cap, and a sled full of toys. Read full book review >

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FARMER ENNO AND HIS COW by Jens Rassmus
ANIMALS
Released: March 1, 1998

"The plot is not as fluid, but underlying it is poetry enough to keep the entire story afloat. (Picture book. 5-9)"
Every time Farmer Enno falls asleep, he dreams of sailing, and upon awakening, discovers a boat memento of his dream left behind. Read full book review >

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Murillo's Million by Jens Holm
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Nov. 23, 2015

"An engaging, slow-burning political mystery set in Manila."
Holm details the convoluted dealings of a Filipino politician in this debut novel. Read full book review >

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INUNGUAK by Palle Petersen
FICTION
Released: Sept. 1, 1993

"Rosing is himself half-Inuit and spent his childhood in Greenland; his full-page paintings, in muted tones of gray, blue, and buff, give a strong sense of its harsh remoteness. (Picture book. 6+)"
Several Inuit legends are interwoven in this story of a boy scorned because he can't hunt or control a dog team. Read full book review >

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OFTEN I AM HAPPY by Jens Christian Grøndahl
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: April 11, 2017

"Although the book is a tad sentimental, it possesses quiet grace."
A simple, melancholic tale of love, loss, grief, and friendship. Read full book review >

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HANS CHRISTIAN ANDERSEN by Jens Andersen
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: April 5, 2005

"Thickly footnoted and thoughtful, this 200th birthday tribute to the great writer makes for rewarding if sometimes arduous reading."
Like a character in one of his own fairy tales, Hans Christian Andersen almost magically transformed himself from penniless street urchin to one of Europe's most celebrated authors. Here, a scholarly, penetrating biography proves that Andersen's life also had much of the Dickens novel in it. Read full book review >

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LUCCA by Jens Christian Grøndahl
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: July 1, 2003

"The author makes something new of this overfamiliar material because his characters really are interesting people, and contrives an ironic finale that's both emotionally gripping and quite credibly open-ended."
The Danish author (Silence in October, 2001) returns with a moody, intermittently quite affecting 1998 novel. Read full book review >

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THE SILENCE by Jens Bjorneboe
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Aug. 7, 2000

"Readers who don't know the earlier volumes, however, are likely to dismiss it as overheated, redundant ranting."
The final volume of Norwegian writer Bjørneboe's bleak History of Bestiality trilogy (first published in 1973, and preceded by Moment of Freedom and Powderhouse) is a discursive, accusatory lamentation (marginally reminiscent of Camus's The Fall) for "man the incomprehensible—endlessly evil, endlessly good—all-renewing, all-destroying." Read full book review >

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AN ALTERED LIGHT by Jens Christian Grøndahl
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: April 1, 2005

"Should help to consolidate Grøndahl's following among English-speaking readers."
A marriage crumbles after 30 years, allowing the wife to find her own identity at last in this elegiac, maturely affecting work from the masterly Danish novelist (Lucca, 2003, etc.). Read full book review >

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POWDERHOUSE by Jens Bjorneboe
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Jan. 24, 2000

"Occasional echoes of The Magic Mountain aside: a work of striking originality and integrity."
The second volume of Norwegian author Bjørneboe's (Moment of Freedom, 1999, etc.) Read full book review >

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SILENCE IN OCTOBER by Jens Christian Grøndahl
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Oct. 1, 2001

"This very accomplished fiction also employs imagery drawn from cinema and theater to evoke the tactics by which its characters compulsively live: selectivity, hyperbole, and (especially) fabrication."
Were he still directing, Ingmar Bergman might have made a memorable film from this claustrophobic and emotionally charged portrayal of a destroyed marriage and its complex emotional fallout. Read full book review >