Search Results: "Jens Christian Grøndahl"


BOOK REVIEW

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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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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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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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 >

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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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CHRISTIAN SLATER by Nigel Goodall
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Feb. 1, 2006

"The book's title remains an enigma: Back from the edge of . . . what? Cultural relevance?"
Substance-free clip-job bio of former teen idol and perennial B-lister Christian Slater. Read full book review >

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CHRISTIAN SCIENCE by Bruce Stores
NON-FICTION
Released: Sept. 9, 2004

"A meticulously researched educational tool, particularly for readers with a casual interest in Christian Science and LGBT issues."
A lifelong gay Christian Scientist explores his religion's history and its largely uncharted, turbulent relationship with sexual minorities. Read full book review >

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CHRISTIAN BEHAVIOUR by C.S. Lewis
Released: Jan. 1, 1943

"These are old-fashioned words but the Dean of Magdalen College makes them live for today by his straight-from-the-shoulder and stimulating presentation."
It is not every radio script that will stand the scrutiny given to the printed page. Read full book review >

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NON-FICTION
Released: Sept. 1, 1996

"Pochna exhibits a personal charm that must have helped win her some difficult interviews, but the bio often seems disjointed and unpolished. (32 pages b&w photos, not seen)"
European-celeb biographer Pochna writes a serviceable history of Christian Dior on the 50th anniversary of the ``New Look.'' In February 1947 Dior launched a postwar fashion revolution, dubbed the New Look by Harper's Bazaar. Read full book review >

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MISTER CHRISTIAN by William Kinsolving
Released: March 7, 1996

"A grand to-the-ends-of-the-earth romp that, though merry and melancholic by turn, strikes just the right stoically mock-heroic tone throughout."
Proceeding from the premise that Fletcher Christian, leader of the 1789 mutiny that wrested control of HMS Bounty from tyrannical Captain Bligh, did not subsequently perish on Pitcairn Island, Kinsolving (The Diplomat's Daughter, 1993, etc.) offers an immensely entertaining account of a Georgian/Regency picaro's amazing adventures. Read full book review >

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CHRISTIAN NATION by Frederic C. Rich
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: July 1, 2013

"Dystopian, wonkish fun for the Maddow set."
Could a Sarah Palin presidency spark a faith-based civil war in America? You betcha, according to Rich's debut novel. Read full book review >

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HANS CHRISTIAN ANDERSEN’S THUMBELINA by Lauren Mills
CHILDREN'S
Released: April 6, 2005

Mills shortens Andersen's tale of a miniature child snatched by one prospective suitor after another, and tweaks it to give the protagonist an independent streak: "Yes, I will go now and find my own happiness!" she exclaims, climbing onto the swallow's back to escape marriage to the boring Mole. Read full book review >