Search Results: "Julio Ortega"


BOOK REVIEW

MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: Nov. 1, 1994

"Ortega's heavy-handed approach and obsession with satire overshadows these potentially powerful narratives."
In these two Peruvian allegories, Ortega tries to use caustic humor to convey a nation haunted by government repression, daily terrorism, and communism—but fails when every joke falls flat. Read full book review >

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THE VINTAGE BOOK OF LATIN AMERICAN STORIES by Carlos Fuentes
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Dec. 1, 2000

"Still, a very satisfying selection—and, at $14, a tremendous bargain."
A solid collection of 39 stories covering an approximate half-century's worth of fiction variously illustrative of the conflicting principles (cited in Fuentes's prefatory essay "The Storyteller") of "immediate effect" espoused by Argentinean Julio Cortázar and "interrelated narrative constellations" as practiced by his countryman Jorge Luis Borges. Read full book review >

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ROMIETTE AND JULIO by Sharon M. Draper
Released: Sept. 1, 1999

"Still, a straightforward, uncluttered narrative will hook readers into the well-paced plot and sympathetic characters; loose ends are tied more neatly than a package, prettying up the ending by putting a happily-ever-after spin on the lovers' fates. (Fiction. 12-14)"
A tale of forbidden love with intentional references to Shakespeare's play, perhaps especially to its West Side Story incarnation, with a similar focus on issues of race and gangs. Read full book review >

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NON-FICTION
Released: Nov. 1, 1994

"Whether or not you buy into this version of the Gallo story, it's a family saga with all the makings of a television miniseries: adversity, intrigue, tragedy, manipulation, greed, and a slick presentation. (60 b&w photos, not seen)"
Though the Gallos' wines might repulse you and their reputation give you the willies, their autobiography is worth a look, if only to get another side of the picture. Read full book review >

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THE FOX FROM UP ABOVE AND THE FOX FROM DOWN BELOW by Jose maria Arguedas
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Aug. 31, 2000

"One of the landmarks of Latin American fiction."
A "Critical Edition" of the late (1911-69) Peruvian novelist's unfinished masterpiece, published in 1971, two years after the last of the troubled Arguedas's several suicide attempts. Read full book review >

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PROTECT HERO by Gil Ortega
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: July 2, 2014

"A worthwhile thriller, primarily for fans of military action."
In Ortega's debut thriller, a U.S. Navy SEAL commander finds his personal life shattered by a kidnapping. Read full book review >

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NON-FICTION
Released: May 1, 2015

"A thrilling account of a reporter's duel with a controversial church."
Ortega, in his nonfiction debut, describes a journalist's decadeslong battle against the Church of Scientology. Read full book review >

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BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Nov. 1, 1998

"Put it in the category of 'Store Wars.' (Author tour)"
Attention Wal-Mart shoppers—and anyone interested in the history of retailing in America. Read full book review >

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Jerusalem Ablaze by Orlando Ortega-Medina
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Jan. 26, 2017

"Stylish, sincere tales that go to dark, sometimes-uncomfortable places."
In Ortega-Medina's debut short story collection, characters are consumed by their fascinations with sex, death, and inescapable fate. Read full book review >