Search Results: "Juan Ramón Jiménez"


BOOK REVIEW

PLATERO Y YO/PLATERO AND I by Juan Ramón Jiménez
ANIMALS
Released: April 18, 1994

"A lovely book, for a discerning audience. (Fiction. 10+)"
Selected from the 138 chapters of Platero y yo (by the winner of the 1956 Nobel Prize for Literature), 19 vignettes in the original Spanish plus Livingston's English, based on Dominguez's literal translation. Read full book review >

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THE APPRENTICE by Pilar Molina Llorente
CHILDREN'S
Released: Aug. 18, 1993

"Still, it's a slim, fast-paced read—and a rare translation of Spanish fiction. (Fiction. 9-12)"
Originally published in Spain in 1989, a story that begins as an instructive look at apprenticeship in Renaissance Florence (no particular century or historical characters) and ends as a melodrama about a mysterious prisoner in a master painter's attic. Read full book review >

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DUCK by Juan Wijngaard
illustrated by Juan Wijngaard
ANIMALS
Released: March 1, 1991

"Baby Animal Board Book'' series: Bear; Cat; Dog. (Picture book. 0-4)"
In a nicely inventive board book, a duckling has five experiences for the toddler to share and discuss: it nibbles a hole in a loaf of bread, swims in a wheelbarrow full of water, etc. The simple realistic illustrations are appealing and well drawn. Read full book review >

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MUZZLED by Juan Williams
NON-FICTION
Released: Aug. 1, 2011

"In the end, about the last thing the civil-discourse cause needs, namely more self-interested preaching to the choir."
A plea to make the world safe for bad-mouthing Muslims against the big bad PC police of the Far Left. Read full book review >

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BEST WORST AMERICAN by Juan Martinez
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Feb. 7, 2017

"An uneven but promising debut collection of short stories, some unique in their execution."
Twenty-four semiexistential short stories that have appeared in the likes of McSweeney's and Selected Shorts from Colombia-born writer Martinez. Read full book review >

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KILLING THE MANDARIN by Juan Alonso
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Sept. 15, 1995

"Swift and engaging right to the last."
Part political thriller, part treatise on the fragility of human interaction, this fine novel from the Argentinean-born Alonso (Althea, 1976, etc., not reviewed) offers a penetrating look into the struggle against oppression, both political and personal. Read full book review >

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BLOODLINE by Joe Jiménez
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: May 31, 2016

"A moving, almost-suffocating, haunting exploration of what defines manhood. (Fiction. 14 & up)"
Recently suspended twice for school fights, 17-year-old Abraham grapples with a propensity for violence. Read full book review >

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REACHING OUT by Francisco Jiménez
NONFICTION
Released: Aug. 25, 2008

"An inspiring account of a remarkable journey. (author's note, photographs) (Fiction. 11 & up)"
This sequel to The Circuit (1997) and Breaking Through (2001), which covered Mexican-born Jiménez's childhood, takes Francisco through his college years at the University of Santa Clara. Read full book review >

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ESTHER'S STORY by Diane Wolkstein
BIOGRAPHY
Released: Feb. 1, 1996

"Elegant and enlightening. (pronunciation guide, notes) (Picture book. 7-11)"
Wolkstein (Step By Step, 1994, etc.) writes, in diary form, the story of Esther, the Jewish orphan who became queen of Persia and kept her identity a secret until her people were in danger of destruction at the hands of the prime minister, Haman. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

THE EVENT by Juan José Saer
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Sept. 1, 1995

"Only in such brief sequences does this soporific treatise shake itself awake and assume the welcome contours of living and breathing fiction."
The mind's freedom to invent and reshape reality is blunted by the dead weight of materialismin this sluggish metaphysical fantasy by the Argentine-born author of Nobody Nothing Never (1994), etc. In 1855, a Maltese-Italian magician and telepathist, Bianco, is exposed as a fake by a ``positivist cabal'' and forced to flee to the Argentine pampas. Read full book review >

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QUARANTINE by Juan Goytisolo
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: April 16, 1994

"Goytisolo's fans, however, should be pleased by this unique meditation on death and the creative process by a distinctly original voice."
Spanish experimental novelist Goytisolo (Landscapes After the Battle, 1987, etc.), the author of a two-volume memoir (Realms of Strife, 1990, and Forbidden Territory, 1988), explores the 40-day journey that souls, according to Islam, take from the moment of death to their final resting place and reflects on the creative writing process. Read full book review >

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NOBODY NOTHING NEVER by Juan José Saer
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: June 1, 1994

"Here, alas, he conveys only murk."
More challenging fiction from the gifted author of The Witness (not reviewed). Read full book review >