Search Results: "Louis de Bernières"


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CORELLI'S MANDOLIN by Louis de Bernières
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Sept. 20, 1994

"Good, thoughtful reading: a black comedy in the Vonnegut tradition."
A felicitous change of setting to Greece after an epic trilogy set in Latin America (The Troublesome Offspring of Cardinal Guzman, 1993, etc.) seems to have liberated de Berniäres's particular brand of intelligent satire. Dr. Iannis, a wise-father figure of the sort familiar from de Berniäres's other books, plays choric host to a portrait of life on the island of Cephallonia as Greece is invaded by Italian and German troops during WW II. Read full book review >

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A PARTISAN’S DAUGHTER by Louis de Bernières
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Oct. 1, 2008

"A malodorous turkey. Corelli's Mandolin it ain't."
The popular British author who seems to alternate ambitious blockbusters (Birds Without Wings, 2005, etc.) with wispy makeweight fictions (e.g., the wafer-thin Red Dog) tests his devoted readership's patience again. Read full book review >

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Released: Feb. 23, 1994

"Faux fiction that fails because—not in spite of—the writer's best efforts."
Once again, de Berniäres turns magic realism into a literary Latin American theme park where the familiar attractions— levitating villagers, centuries-old wanderers, protean plants and animals—appear with nothing new or original added. Read full book review >

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THE WAR OF DON EMMANUEL'S NETHER PARTS by Louis de Bernières
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Feb. 18, 1992

"Synthetic and, worse, mostly a bore."
A first novel by a British writer that, somewhat cynically, seems to want to wrap up all things Latin American into one package: myth, politics, comedy, economics, ethnology, geography, you name it. Read full book review >

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NOTWITHSTANDING  by Louis de Bernières
Released: Oct. 18, 2016

"Mild and nostalgic, a fictionalized expansion of childhood memories that harks back to seemingly safer, simpler times."
Linked short stories evoking a small British village celebrate—and mourn—middle England as it perhaps was in the central decades of the 20th century. Read full book review >

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THE DUST THAT FALLS FROM DREAMS by Louis de Bernières
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Aug. 4, 2015

"Readable and mildly engaging but lacking fresh insights into very familiar material."
Another historical novel from de Bernières (A Partisan's Daughter, 2008, etc.): the agreeable, albeit predictable saga of an English family transformed by World War I. Read full book review >

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BIRDS WITHOUT WINGS by Louis de Bernières
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Aug. 1, 2004

"Enormously readable, intermittently brilliant, honorably conceived and felt—and very deeply flawed."
The popular British author's first since the huge international success of Corelli's Mandolin (1994) is an epic chronicle of the making of modern Turkey. Read full book review >

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SEÑOR VIVO AND THE COCA LORD by Louis de Bernières
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Aug. 20, 1992

"Mechanically transposed and derivative stuff."
De Berniäres's prefab magic realism, first on display in The War of Don Emmanuel's Nether Parts (Feb. 1992), has another strenuous but hardly less ersatz workout in this successor, wherein a crusading philosophy professor turns mythic hero. Read full book review >

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RED DOG by Louis de Bernières
Released: Sept. 11, 2001

"The thousands of readers who loved Corelli's Mandolin have waited impatiently for its author's next novel, so one understands why this innocuous little non-book was published. But why was it written?"
De Bernières's first book since his immensely popular fourth novel, Corelli's Mandolin (1994), is a slender collection of 15 brief interrelated tales about a legendary mutt (1971-79) who became the beloved honorary "mate" of laborers in the salt- and iron-works of northwestern coastal Australia. Read full book review >

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LOUIS by Philip Callow
NON-FICTION
Released: April 6, 2001

"These stylistic tics, along with strained comparisons with the subjects of Callow's other biographies, suggest that the author is addressing no audience other than himself."
Another literary biography from an English novelist who has taken on Chekhov, Lawrence, and Whitman in the past. Read full book review >

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LOUIS UNDERCOVER by Fanny Britt
CHILDREN'S
Released: Oct. 3, 2017

"An unflinching, delicate portrait of a boy and his broken family. (Graphic novel. 10-14)"
As his family falls apart, a young teen boy struggles to approach the girl he admires from afar. Read full book review >

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LOUIS SOCKALEXIS by Bill Wise
BIOGRAPHY
Released: March 1, 2007

Capped by a climactic 1897 at-bat against the New York Giants' fireballer Amos Rusie, this short profile highlights the achievements of the first verifiable Native American to play in the Major Leagues. Read full book review >