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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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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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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STOCKHOLM DELETE by Jens Lapidus
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: April 18, 2017

"A murky, repetitious, grueling dip into a sink of iniquity as immersive as a weeklong Berlitz seminar in crime that turns out to be a paean to loyalty in all its improbable guises."
The author of the Stockholm Noir trilogy (Life Deluxe, 2014, etc.) uses a violent but enigmatic crime scene as the entrée to layer upon layer of criminal intrigue, past, present, and future. 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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CIRCLE IN THE SAND by Christian Alfonsi
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Oct. 10, 2006

"A history that illuminates the personalities and driving motivations behind the current crisis in Iraq. Much of the story that emerges is familiar, though told in greater depth."
A political scientist unearths the decision-making process that led to the first Gulf War and its undesirable aftermath, arguing that the current war in Iraq should be understood through the prism of the first. Read full book review >

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COMBAT CAMERA by Christian Hill
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Oct. 1, 2014

"Although largely plotless and somewhat rambling, Hill's memoir nevertheless manages to enlighten and entertain due to the deftness of his observations."
In this memoir, Hill, having reached a dead end as a radio newsreader, recalls rejoining the Army, this time as a journalist in the Combat Camera Team. Read full book review >

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STRANGE REBELS by Christian Caryl
NON-FICTION
Released: May 7, 2013

"An astute assessment of the efforts of a group of historic newsmakers."
In a highly focused work, Foreign Affairs deputy editor Caryl finds that the year 1979 engendered a remarkable crop of history-changing leaders. Read full book review >

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THE ANIMALS by Christian Kiefer
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: March 23, 2015

"Devastatingly beautiful. This novel embodies why we write and why we read."
In Kiefer's (The Infinite Tides, 2012) dark, lyrical novel, a man learns that no matter how hard he may try to atone for his sins, he can't outrun his violent past or his most painful mistakes.Read full book review >

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NON-FICTION
Released: July 1, 2011

"A dark look at a looming world crisis in which the United States comes off as one of the worst villains."
An investigative journalist's tough analysis of how some of the world's most vulnerable states—those with a history of economic and political disasters—are confronting the new crisis of climate change. Read full book review >