Search Results: "Jorge Enrique Botero"


BOOK REVIEW

NON-FICTION
Released: Aug. 12, 2010

"Of gang after gang that can't shoot straight, but still find ample market for their wares in an ever-hungry Norte—fuel for the fires of the legalization movement."
A pointed case study in unintended consequences—in this case, of the war against drugs spilling out into civil war, and vice versa. Read full book review >

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JORGE LUIS BORGES by Adrian Lennon
BIOGRAPHY
Released: Dec. 13, 1991

"Frequent b&w photos; chronology; bibliography; index. (Biography. 14+)"
A biography of the prize-winning Argentinian short-story writer and poet (1899-1986). Read full book review >

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NON-FICTION
Released: June 1, 1997

"But readers expecting details on the impact of politics on Mexico's social and cultural life, on its diverse regions, and on its self-image, will likely be disappointed. (50 b&w illustrations, 4 maps, not seen)"
A vigorous, detailed history of Mexican politics, concentrating on the 19th and 20th centuries, and more particularly on the men who have contested for control of the nation. Read full book review >

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THE BOOK OF GOD AND PHYSICS by Enrique Joven
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: May 1, 2009

"Too many history lectures and not enough tension."
Inspired by a mysterious real-life text, Spanish physicist Joven's fiction debut sends three friends on a series of intellectually edifying, if less than thrilling adventures. Read full book review >

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BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Aug. 1, 1995

"A windy and tiresome second-hand jeremiad. (charts, maps)"
A tendentious postmodern critique of modernity and the European colonization of the New World. Read full book review >

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To All Airline Passengers by Carlos Enrique Diaz
Released: Jan. 1, 2015

"Reassuring primer that confidently takes flight."
A commercial airline pilot addresses layperson questions/concerns about flying in this debut informational guide. Read full book review >

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THE GOLDEN FLOWER by Nina Jaffe
CHILDREN'S
Released: April 30, 2005

"The illustrations in luscious tropical colors, with shapes and patterns (especially spirals) reminiscent of pre-Columbian art, are perfect. (Picture book/folktale. 5-10)"
The island of Puerto Rico, originally called Boriquén by its Taino inhabitants, was once, according to legend, a barren mountain. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

Released: Feb. 1, 2006

"Full of hard facts, good science and excellent illustrations, this is the bomb-and just the thing for crafting the stuff of righteous bombers. For medical purposes only, of course."
A sticky, satisfying vade mecum, and a horticulturally sound guide to producing tasty bud-for medical purposes only, of course. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

Released: Nov. 1, 1998

"It's very slight, and not very involving."
This prizewinning 1994 novel recounts the (mainly amorous) exploits of Ulysses, the son of a Greek bar owner in Buenos Aires, who impregnates his girlfriend, flees from marriage, and undertakes an odyssey among the wealthy Americans whose yacht fortuitously rescues him—until the aggrieved women in his life arrange this unheroic adventurer's comeuppance. Read full book review >

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LITERATURE OR LIFE by Jorge Semprun
Released: March 1, 1997

"A masterly work, and the obvious capstone of Semprun's distinguished career."
A moving account of life in Buchenwald and a subsequent lifetime spent trying to write about it, by the Spanish novelist and screenwriter best known for his classic filmscripts (Z, La Guerre Est Finie) and a previous nonfiction account of his ordeal (The Long Voyage, 1964). Read full book review >

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THE GOLDEN HARVEST by Jorge Amado
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Aug. 1, 1992

"Still, Amado provides us with the fullness of Brazilian reality and modern history that no other writer we read in translation does."
Here, in the first English translation of a novel written some 40 years ago, Amado (Pen, Sword, Camisole, 1985, etc.) strikes off with his trademark exuberance—this time to tell the cautionary tale of how brokered cacao devastates the economy, ecology, and societal structure of the Brazilian provincial port of Ilheus. Read full book review >