Search Results: "John E. Woods"


BOOK REVIEW

E by Matt Beaumont
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Oct. 1, 2000

"Your career may depend on it."
Subject: Fab debut of former London adman, making a bugger-all brilliant update on the epistolary novel by having it largely in e-mail thrashing about on the office network and focusing on London's Miller Shanks ad agency striving to land the Coke account. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

ADAM & EVELYN by Ingo Schulze
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Nov. 10, 2011

"A novel rich in dialogue and in its examination of a contemporary fall from grace."
A novel that works on many levels—the personal, the political and even the mythological. Read full book review >

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THE SCHOOL FOR ATHEISTS by Arno Schmidt
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Dec. 15, 2001

"Few readers will absorb all of this tale's perverse riches, but when one ardent character proclaims 'We all live in one colossal novel,' it almost makes you wish it were an Arno Schmidt novel."
Another surpassingly strange experimental fiction, originally published in 1972 by "the German Joyce" (1914-79), whose pun-filled derangements of reality have not deterred his indefatigable (and expert) English translator. Read full book review >

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NEW LIVES by Ingo Schulze
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Oct. 24, 2008

"Zaftig."
In his hugely ambitious second novel, German wunderkind Schulze (Simple Stories, 2000, etc.) aims to capture the complexity of East Germans' response to reunification through one man's transition from police state rebel to capitalist entrepreneur. Read full book review >

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FLIGHTS OF LOVE by Bernhard Schlink
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Oct. 4, 2001

"Touching, involving short fiction from a writer who eschews bold imagery and stylistic fireworks—and slowly, doggedly gets into your head and under your skin."
A first collection of seven patiently detailed, emotionally complex tales from the German author of the surprise critical success (an Oprah selection) The Reader (1997). Read full book review >

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SIMPLE STORIES by Ingo Schulze
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Jan. 20, 2000

"A first novel that impresses with its cleverness, but ultimately disappoints: Schulze has neglected to create characters interesting enough to make us care what happens to them."
Fragmentation and disintegration—in the body politic and in the realm of human relations'seem to be the themes of this frustratingly cryptic debut novel by the prizewinning young German author (stories: 33 Moments of Happiness, 1998). Read full book review >

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STE-E-E-E-EAMBOAT A-COMIN’! by Jill Esbaum
CHILDREN'S
Released: April 8, 2005

"The Story of Captain Blanche Leathers (2000), illus by Holly Meade, though its content is closer to William Anderson's comparatively restrained River Boy (2003), illus by Dan Andreasen. (afterword, map) (Picture book. 7-9)"
Inspired by a passage from Mark Twain's Life on the Mississippi, Esbaum captures the bustle and commotion attending a steam packet's arrival in a small river town: "Rubberneckers, / pounding boots, / whiskered geezers, big galoots. / Wheels a-clatter, / choking cloud, / yapping dog, excited crowd." Read full book review >

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LEAVING SARDINIA by Hans-Ulrich Treichel
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Sept. 21, 2004

"Deceptively simple, nicely nourishing fiction of the old school."
An emotionally muddled art student's unlucky sexual ventures as he stumbles upon the Sardinian woman of his dreams. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

JOHN by Niall Williams
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Feb. 1, 2008

"Irish novelist Williams (Four Letters of Love, 1999, etc.) takes spiritual issues seriously—and continues to write compellingly about them."
John the Apostle, now a revered Master in exile with a small band of Christian brothers on the island of Patmos, confronts heresy, schism and doubt. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

NON-FICTION
Released: Sept. 1, 2009

"An inspiring story of courage rendered through impressive personal and historical detail."
A deeply sympathetic account of a group of concentration-camp dorm mates who stayed in touch years after their release. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

E-MAIL by Stephanie D. Fletcher
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Jan. 30, 1996

"Long, bland stretches alternate with vulgar, hyperexplicit sexual confessions: a cheap, easy, and convincing glimpse of modern American cybersex—for what that may be worth."
Non-initiates to the communications revolution can now enjoy cyber-romance on the printed page—thanks to this epistolary first novel by a North Carolina writer. Read full book review >