Search Results: "John Cullen"


BOOK REVIEW

THE ATTACK by Yasmina Khadra
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: May 9, 2006

"The action is always convincing, the relationships less so."
"How could she?" That's the question haunting an eminent Arab Israeli surgeon, whose wife has become the latest suicide bomber. Khadra (pseudonym of a retired Algerian army officer) moves from Algeria (Wolf Dreams, 2003) and Afghanistan (The Swallows of Kabul, 2004) to Israel/Palestine. Read full book review >

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NON-FICTION
Released: April 3, 2007

"Fascinating for generals, more mundane for historians."
Another colorful recounting of a historic clash of armies, from the author of The Battle: A New History of Waterloo (2005). Read full book review >

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LIES by Enrique de Hériz
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: April 17, 2007

"Evocative exploration of how deception can destroy—or redeem—a family."
An eccentric Spanish family retreats to their beach house outside Barcelona to make final arrangements for the matriarch presumed dead after a boat accident in Guatemala. Read full book review >

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THE FABRIC OF NIGHT by Christoph Peters
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: Jan. 9, 2007

"Confusing at times, disturbing at others, Peters's work rewards the challenge of reading with lasting, moody reflections."
German novel about a sculptor who may have witnessed a murder reveals a disturbing, hallucinatory world in which perception is as fluid as blood. Read full book review >

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HAPPY ARE THE HAPPY by Yasmina Reza
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Jan. 27, 2015

"Feather light but oddly compelling."
French playwright and novelist Reza, best known in America for her 2009 Tony Award-winning play, God of Carnage, offers 20 scenes to show the interlocking lives of various Parisian spouses, lovers, parents, children and friends.Read full book review >

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THE BARCELONA BROTHERS by Carlos Zanón
Released: Aug. 28, 2012

"The writing is strong, but this is not an easy book to like. If you aren't averse to a dose or three of gloom, give it a shot."
A dark, nihilistic novel evoking the spirit of Dostoevsky. Read full book review >

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DECOMPRESSION by Juli Zeh
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: May 20, 2014

"The gathering suspense is complemented by nuanced characterization in a pleasingly unpredictable work."
Erotic intrigue, deep-sea diving and clients from hell make for a lively mix in this German author's fourth novel (In Free Fall, 2010, etc.). Read full book review >

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THE BATTLE by Alessandro Barbero
NON-FICTION
Released: July 1, 2005

"So, too, is this lively and highly readable work: it does for Napoleonic-era warfare what Roberto Calasso did for Greek mythology."
A vivid account of the Battle of Waterloo, when Napoleon went out in a blaze of glory. Read full book review >

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DON’T MOVE by Margaret Mazzantini
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: May 25, 2004

"The pull of the darkly irrational: it's a fascinating theme, but Mazzantini doesn't do it justice."
Can you imagine a love affair beginning with a rape? That's the challenge an Italian actress/second-novelist sets herself in her American debut. Read full book review >

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THE MEURSAULT INVESTIGATION by Kamel Daoud
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: June 2, 2015

"Fiction with a strong moral edge, offering a Rashomon-like response to a classic novel."
The nameless Arab victim of Albert Camus' The Stranger receives a biography and a name in this thoughtful, controversial rejoinder from the other side of the colonial question.Read full book review >

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THE INVESTIGATION by Philippe Claudel
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: July 10, 2012

"A technocratic Kafka nightmare—heavy on surreal diagnosis of the world's ills, light on the traditional rewards of storytelling—crossed with Alice's Adventures in Wonderland and a hint of Buster Keaton."
A spare, dystopian fable that examines how closely contemporary life has caught up to Kafka since the publication of The Castle.Read full book review >

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RISPONDIMI by Susanna Tamaro
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: March 1, 2001

"Holy abstractions brightened by dollops of sex and violence."
Three novellas set in the author's native Italy and connected by spiritual/religious themes of good and evil, love and redemption. Read full book review >