Search Results: "Jose Carlos Somoza"


BOOK REVIEW

THE ART OF MURDER by Jose Carlos Somoza
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: July 15, 2006

"Murder and the threat of more provides a pulse of underlying tension, but Somoza (The Athenian Murders, 2001, etc.) elegantly explores larger metaphysical and artistic issues."
A serial killer terrorizes an unusual art world where people are objects for purchase as well as models. Read full book review >

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THE ATHENIAN MURDERS by Jose Carlos Somoza
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: June 1, 2001

"Good thing, since mystery fans should be warned that Somoza is more interested in metaphysical questions and literary subtleties than traditional storytelling."
A footnote opens this playful postmodern mystery, set in ancient Greece and in the tortured mind of its fictional translator; that is, the first chapter heading carries a note in which said translator mentions a few of his dilemmas in reconstructing and translating the original Greek text, "The Cave of Ideas, written by Philotextus of Cheronnese." Read full book review >

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ZIG ZAG by Jose Carlos Somoza
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: April 1, 2007

"As in previous novels, Somoza (The Art of Murder, 2006, etc.) tweaks literary conventions and metaphysical matters as much as scientific theories. The suspense and thrills he creates are deliciously intellectual rather than visceral."
A group of scientists try to manipulate time and space, with deadly and far-reaching results. Read full book review >

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FICTION & LITERATURE

"A mad masala of mythology and absurd mayhem that takes an unexpectedly poignant twist.
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Thekkumthala's magical-realist comic-cosmic phantasmagoria welcomes readers to a bizarre community in India, where a notoriously haunted landmark mansion sees UFO aliens, disappearances, drug crimes, murder, and madcap paranormal phenomena. Read full book review >

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THE CUSTODIANS by Nicholas Jose
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Jan. 12, 1998

"Still, Jose does offer an illuminating take on contemporary Australia."
Lives intersect too neatly in this intellectually provocative latest from storywriter and novelist Jose (The Rose Crossing, 1996, etc.)—a tale that's as much about a group of friends as their native Australia. Read full book review >

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A WAKE IN YBOR CITY by Jose Yglesias
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Dec. 1, 1998

"Yglesias's grasp of immigrant family dynamics is masterly, but the stylistic assurance and narrative economy displayed in his mature fiction (Double Double, 1974, The Truth About Them, 1971, etc.) are only faintly adumbrated by this less even apprentice work."
The "thirty-fifth anniversary edition" (really, now) of the late Cuban-American writer's 1963 debut novel—an authoritative though imperfectly constructed story set in Tampa's Latino section (Ybor City) in 1958, on the eve of the Cuban Revolution. Read full book review >

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A SEASON TO BEE by Carlos Aponte
CHILDREN'S
Released: Jan. 31, 2017

"Little fashion bugs deserve better. (Picture book. 4-6)"
Fashion Week starring insects. Read full book review >

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Released: April 1, 1990

"Fuentes' fans may appreciate his wire-walking here, while others will be reminded of better things he's done."
This second collection (Burnt Water, 1980) of five long stories from Fuentes (Christopher Unborn, The Old Gringo, etc.) is full of sound, fury, and various linguistic innovations, as well as a sustained meditation on the relationship between art and life. Read full book review >

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CHRISTOPHER UNBORN by Carlos Fuentes
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Aug. 1, 1989

"Fuentes, sometimes too erudite for his own good, gets it together here—developing an inventive literary conceit into a multilayered meditation on the plight of contemporary Mexico."
A postmodern extravaganza narrated by a fetus: his conception on Twelfth Night begins the book and his birth on Columbus Day ends it, and in between those two events is a feast of language concerning a despoiled Mexico. Read full book review >

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THE DEATH OF ARTEMIO CRUZ by Carlos Fuentes
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: June 15, 1964

"The publishers will support it accordingly."
Seventy-one years old, wasted and sick with a degrading intestinal affliction, Artemio Cruz lies in bed and remembers — remembers and lives while the priest administers extreme Unction. Read full book review >

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DISTANT RELATIONS by Carlos Fuentes
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: March 8, 1982

"So—though patient readers may find themselves gradually appreciating the meditative yet tough-minded approach here, the mode of ruminant distillation—this novel is one of Fuentes' less successful experiments: anemic when it attempts to be limpid and (even more so than usual with Fuentes) without the controlled craft to match its ambition."
Fuentes rarely sets an easy task for himself in his novels; usually, in fact, he takes on some sociological, political, or philosophical enormity. Read full book review >