Search Results: "Laurent Binet"


BOOK REVIEW

THE SEVENTH FUNCTION OF LANGUAGE by Laurent Binet
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Aug. 1, 2017

"A clever and surprisingly action-packed attempt to merge abstruse theory and crime drama."
A famous semiotician has been killed. Call the police! And the post-structuralists! Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

HHhH by Sam Taylor
Kirkus Star
translated by Sam Taylor, by Laurent Binet
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: May 1, 2012

"Binet deserves great kudos for retrieving this fateful, half-forgotten episode, spotlighting Nazi infamy, celebrating its resisters, and delivering the whole with panache."
The evergreen allure of Nazis as the embodiment of evil is what drives this French author's soul-stirring work: a hybrid of fact and meta-fiction that won the Prix Goncourt in 2010. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

DRAW THE LINE by Laurent Linn
YOUNG ADULT
Released: May 17, 2016

"More defiant than its superhero's diaphanous costume portends. Bravo. (Fiction. 12-18)"
At the risk of revealing his closeted sexuality and artistic talent, a Texas wallflower combats small minds. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

BABAR AND THE NEW BABY by Laurent de Brunhoff
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 3, 2013

"A starter set for grown-up Babar fans who want to introduce the classic characters to their children. (Board book. 2-4)"
A simplified and condensed version of Babar's Little Girl (1987), starring Princess Isabelle. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

Released: June 15, 1957

Our ponderous pachyderm friends of Celesteville, King Babar and Queen Celeste, are visited by the Old Lady and her brother Professor Grifaton — a typical butterfly collector, with his two children Colin and Nadine. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

THE ONE PIG WITH HORNS by Richard  Howard
ANIMALS
Released: March 12, 1979

"A cartoonland burlesque that's especially gross in this form."
For all that one can tell, this pig has lost his marbles—he stands on top of a garbage heap with horns fixed to his head ("to be as handsome as a bull"); literally explodes when he's angry and (literally) loses his head; starts cavorting like a clown and explodes again when no one laughs; plays a mother and a baby, plants himself in the ground like a flower. . . until that off-and-on head falls out of a tree and loses its horns—whereupon he puts it back on his head "for good," reconciled to being a real pig. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

MY WILD FAMILY by Laurent Moreau
CHILDREN'S
Released: Nov. 3, 2015

"Sure to inspire young readers and listeners to comparisons of their own. (Picture book. 3-5)"
"I have a very special family," claims the unnamed narrator shown in the cover family portrait. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

WOLF WANTED by Ana Maria Machado
by Ana Maria Machado, illustrated by Laurent Cardon, translated by Elisa Amado
ANIMALS
Released: April 1, 2010

"With a wink and a nod to fictional wolves worldwide. (facts on wolves) (Picture book. 5-9)"
Manny Wolf is looking for a job. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

THE HOUSE OF SCORTA by Laurent Gaudé
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Jan. 24, 2006

"A fable for dummies."
The 2004 Prix Goncourt winner is a lachrymose Old World melodrama tracking several generations of an outlaw Italian family entrenched in a bygone Southern village. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

Released: Jan. 3, 2012

"A profound demonstration of what needs to be recognized, reconciled and forgiven if current crises are to be overcome."
A vigorous retelling of Haiti's history intended to revive the promise of the world's first black-led republic. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

BABAR'S BATTLE by Laurent de Brunhoff
ANIMALS
Released: May 1, 1992

"Pleasantly predictable. (Picture book. 4-8)"
Echoing recent political change and prescribing more peaceable strategies, Brunhoff adds still another episode to the annals of the popular elephant king. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

BABAR LOSES HIS CROWN by Laurent de Brunhoff
ANIMALS
Released: Sept. 1, 1967

"Maybe for early learners to read to their superseded parents?"
This latest episode comes in a new don't-wait-for-mother, read-it-yourself format, and parents who enjoyed Babar as much as their offspring are the first losers; next are the youngsters who absorbed a little piquancy along with the plot. Read full book review >