Search Results: "Malachy McCourt"


BOOK REVIEW

HISTORY OF IRELAND by Malachy McCourt
NON-FICTION
Released: Oct. 1, 2004

"Cliffs Notes for a barstool chat. Anyone with an inkling of the subject, though, will know that there are shelves full of better sources."
A celebrity-driven, dumbed-down, whirlwind tour of Hibernian history. Read full book review >

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A MONK SWIMMING by Malachy McCourt
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: June 1, 1998

"Malachy is the entertainer in the family, but Frank is the writer. (Book-of- the-Month/Quality Paperback Book Club selection; author tour)"
Malachy picks up the family story—well, his part of it anyway—where older brother Frank left off in Angela's Ashes. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

JODY'S BEANS by Malachy Doyle
Released: April 1, 1999

"The story resembles a fine reduction sauce, as Doyle's imagery and newcomer Allibone's delicate, framed watercolors yield a rich, concentrated delight. (Picture book. 3-6)"
This smart little story from Doyle, about growing a tepee of runner beans, can be extended to take in the big canvas—life itself—but its charm resides in the focus on a singular natural event. Read full book review >

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TIME REMAINING by James McCourt
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: May 2, 1993

"McCourt is no easy writer, but his way with disorder and sorrow—early and late- -is not to be missed."
In the latest from McCourt (Mawdrew Czgowchwz, 1975; Kate Wayfaring in ``Avenged'', 1984), the first story of two—``I Go Back to the Mais Oui''—acts as an overture for its much longer successor. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Oct. 15, 2007

"The individual voices are not always easily made out, and the song is off in the land of Pierrot Lunaire. Still, brilliant, experimental fun."
A symphony of a novel, with a master singer—an oltrano, capable of hitting notes most dogs can't hear—at center stage. Read full book review >

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DELANCEY'S WAY by James McCourt
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: Feb. 28, 2000

"A bit hyperactive even for a thriller, but McCourt's narrative has a nice satiric edge and an air of credibility that make it worth packing for the next campaign."
McCourt's latest potboiler cuts an uneven swath through the nation's capital, lovingly portrayed (in the sharpest Hogarthian lines) as a nest of social climbers, criminals, homosexuals, mafiosi, religious fanatics, black supremacists, and politicians. Read full book review >

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ANGELA'S ASHES by Frank McCourt
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Sept. 9, 1996

"An extraordinary work in every way. McCourt magically retrieves love, dignity, and humor from a childhood of hunger, loss and pain."
A powerful, exquisitely written debut, a recollection of the author's miserable childhood in the slums of Limerick, Ireland, during the Depression and World War II. Read full book review >

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WAYFARING AT WAVERLY IN SILVER LAKE by James McCourt
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: July 9, 2002

"Like being regaled by an eccentric Joyce devotee: a reader feels both exhilarated and trapped."
McCourt brings back the eponymous movie star protagonist of Kaye Wayfaring (Avenged, 1984) and her opera diva mother-in-law (Mawdrew Czgowchwz, 1975) in a tour de force of language that will delight some while leaving others frustrated by the submerged characters, plot, and sheer difficulty of the read. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

OWEN AND THE MOUNTAIN by Malachy Doyle
CHILDREN'S
Released: Feb. 1, 2002

"Greenfield's misty hills may inspire long thoughts, but Doyle is a better storyteller than this effort shows. (Picture book. 6-9)"
Atmospheric illustrations compensate, at least in part, for pedestrian prose in this metaphor-rich import. Read full book review >

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ONE, TWO, THREE O’LEARY by Malachy Doyle
BEDTIME BOOK
Released: Sept. 1, 2004

"And because the rhymes—or at least their infectious rhythms—are likely to be familiar to a wide range of children, the collection, with plenty to look at on each page, should easily attract children's attention. (Picture book. 3-7)"
There's really no plot here beyond ten small children cavorting in the spirit of "five little monkeys jumping on the bed." Read full book review >