Search Results: "Julek Heller"


BOOK REVIEW

KING ARTHUR AND THE LEGENDS OF CAMELOT by Molly Perham
FAIRY TALES, FOLKTALES AND MYTHS
Released: Aug. 1, 1993

"Not a significant improvement on Riordan's Tales of King Arthur (1982) or other standard renditions. (Folklore. 14+)"
Once again the great story is told: Merlin prophesies; Arthur pulls one sword from a stone and receives another from the Lady of the Lake; the knights disperse to seek the Grail; Arthur falls to Mordred's spear and is borne to Avalon. Read full book review >

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THE ENCHANTED HORSE by Magdalen Nabb
ANIMALS
Released: Oct. 1, 1993

"Told in spare, graceful language evoking an aura of mystery and meaning, illustrated with frequent, sensitive pencil drawings: a likable tale that would make an interesting prelude to George MacDonald's At the Back of the North Wind (1871). (Fiction. 8-12)"
A lyrical fantasy about the transcendent power of the imagination. Read full book review >

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JACK AND THE BEANSTALK by Alan Garner
CHILDREN'S
Released: Oct. 1, 1992

"An excellent edition. (Folklore/Picture book. 5-9)"
One of the most respected British folklorists and stylists (The Owl Service, 1968, Carnegie Medal; Book of British Fairy Tales, 1985) narrates an old favorite in a muscular, forthright style, more succinct than Joseph Jacobs but equally colorful, building to a satisfyingly embellished final tumble for the giant. Read full book review >

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Released: Jan. 1, 1992

"Biting, giggle-provoking satire—though no doubt more shocking on its own turf."
A bestseller in Germany, this sharp-witted first novel features a young, female Berlin film student and her complex entanglements with feminism, radical political theory, and love—an up-to-date comedy of manners with a European twist. Read full book review >

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NON-FICTION
Released: March 20, 1995

"If the author's cursory, anecdotal reportage were weighed against the demanding standards by which he purports to evaluate commercial concerns, it would be deemed a very bad business."
Another mÇlange of bromidic management pointers from the prolific British author of The Super Chiefs (1992), etc. In presuming to counsel corporate executives on what it will take to survive and thrive in an increasingly competitive global marketplace, Heller covers much the same ground as he did in his previous book. Read full book review >

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WHAT WAS SHE THINKING? by Zoë Heller
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Aug. 1, 2003

"Unbelievable yet compelling: it's almost as if Heller tried for a salacious potboiler and ended up—her talent refusing not to intrude—with a portrait that remains indelible. Watch for her next, whatever it may be."
After Everything You Know (2000) comes the tale of a London art teacher, married with children, who has an affair with a student of 15. Read full book review >

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PICTURE THIS  by Joseph Heller
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Sept. 2, 1988

"Just terrible—and even a little boorish."
You could say, being charitable, that Heller has now firmly moved his work in a new direction: postmodernist, syncretic, contrapuntal. Read full book review >

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SOME NERVE by Jane Heller
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Sept. 5, 2006

"A breezy, if implausible, love story."
Hollywood celebrity journalist loses her job but finds herself when she returns to her hometown and becomes a hospital volunteer. Read full book review >

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THE WOMAN WHO KNEW GANDHI by Keith Heller
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Jan. 7, 2004

"A pleasant, homely tale of small lives intersecting with the great. The American author gets postwar Britain's cramped atmosphere just right."
In Heller's fanciful fifth novel (after Man's Storm, 1986, etc.), turmoil ensues when an elderly wife and mother in a small English village is revealed to have been an old flame of the Mahatma. Read full book review >