Search Results: "Jerome Charyn"


BOOK REVIEW

THE GREEN LANTERN by Jerome Charyn
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Nov. 1, 2004

"The plot, however, rarely matters with Charyn. He is who he is: endlessly quirky, just about inimitable, and definitely an acquired taste."
Love in a Siberian climate. Read full book review >

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BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Dec. 1, 2003

"Entertaining, affectionate—but not a hit."
A skillful novelist fashions an ordinary paean to the Broadway That Was, followed by an unsurprising rebuke of what we're left with. Read full book review >

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JERZY by Jerome Charyn
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: March 14, 2017

"Kosinki's is a sad tale; he was a gifted raconteur except on the page in his chosen language, a flaw all the more obvious when conveyed through Charyn's resourceful imagination and always-colorful, punchy, provocative prose."
The rise and fall of novelist Jerzy Kosinski (1933-1991) emerges in an offbeat way through real and imagined figures in his life. Read full book review >

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HURRICANE LADY by Jerome Charyn
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: May 1, 2001

"Even more disjointed than usual: a style that once seemed refreshing in its eccentricity now courts impatience like a one-trick pony turned just a little too frisky."
His famed Isaac Sidel saga (Citizen Sidel, 1999, etc.) on hold, Charyn explores the equally bizarro world of Jocko Robinson, the 97th richest man on earth. Read full book review >

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MONTEZUMA'S MAN by Jerome Charyn
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: Aug. 1, 1993

"Not for the fainthearted—each of Charyn's baroque anti- procedural fantasies is required reading for all the others—but another bracing immersion in the most sustained attempt to date to create a personal mythology out of a police hero."
Now that his right-hand-man Manfred Coen is dead, New York Police Commissioner Isaac Sidel (The Good Policeman, etc., etc.) recruits a new lieutenant, Joe Barbarossa, an Irish/Italian/Nez PercÇ on the outs with Isaac's Justice Department scourge Frederic LeComte ever since he killed Montezuma, a doper turned DEA undercover agent. Read full book review >

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BACK TO BATAAN by Jerome Charyn
CHILDREN'S
Released: April 30, 1993

In a veteran author's weak first novel for young people—set in 1943 New York—a boy bounces between the palatial Upper West Side digs of a hated classmate and a hobo's makeshift shelter in Riverside Park. Read full book review >

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JOHNNY ONE-EYE by Jerome Charyn
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Feb. 1, 2008

"A crackling good epic, both comic and bawdy."
From Charyn (Raised by Wolves: The Turbulent Art and Times of Quentin Tarantino, 2006, etc.), a tale of intrigue, spying, George Washington, Benedict Arnold, Manhattan prostitutes, a castrato and a one-eye double agent—in other words, almost more history, character and action than can be contained in a single novel. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

Released: Nov. 9, 2005

"A kind of sour grapes of wrath, brilliantly rendered."
Rancor, resentment, whining, self-loathing and, of course, some very good prose. Read full book review >

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SAVAGE SHORTHAND by Jerome Charyn
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Oct. 25, 2005

"Both a very uneven book and a very welcome one—a paradox Babel would have appreciated."
The tireless Charyn's 39th book (The Green Lantern, 2004, etc.) is a feisty "biographical meditation" on the truncated career of the great Russian modernist. Read full book review >

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CITIZEN SIDEL by Jerome Charyn
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: Jan. 11, 1999

"Halfway through, though, readers might plead for mercy."
Call him Isaac. Read full book review >

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THE DARK LADY FROM BELORUSSE by Jerome Charyn
NON-FICTION
Released: Oct. 17, 1997

"Youth was the magical place of Charyn's inspiration and it is captured here honestly and simply. (photos, not seen)"
Charyn's fascination with quirky New York crime stories (El Bronx, p. 21, etc.) takes its cue from his early childhood, as this brief, charming, idiosyncratic memoir shows. Read full book review >

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LITTLE ANGEL STREET by Jerome Charyn
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Nov. 1, 1994

"A deliriously overplotted Hitchhiker's Guide to the Big Apple adorned with a demotic style and cartoon-epic conventions that would make it perfectly logical for the hero's bemused father to pop up ten pages from the end."
Charyn winds up his New Isaac Quartet (Montezuma's Man, 1993, etc.) with the inauguration of Isaac Sidel, the Pink Commish, as mayor of New York. Read full book review >