Search Results: "Marcel Danesi"


BOOK REVIEW

MAMA ROBOT by Davide Cali
by Davide Cali, illustrated by AnnaLaura Cantone, translated by Marcel Danesi
CHILDREN'S
Released: Feb. 12, 2008

"Good choice, kid. (Picture book. 6-8)"
Weary of never seeing his working mother after school, a lad imagines building a robotic parent who would make all his favorite foods, do his homework, never tell him to brush and would take care of the odd bully or obnoxious neighbor to boot. Read full book review >

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THE NEXT TARGET by Marcel Trigueiro
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: Dec. 20, 2014

"Slow and occasionally jumbled but ultimately rewarding."
Terrorists in Rio de Janeiro target citizens for a series of cyberattacks and assassinations in Trigueiro's debut thriller. Read full book review >

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STRANGE BODIES by Marcel Theroux
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Feb. 4, 2014

"Often enthralling and occasionally maddening, the novel expands the reader's sense of possibility even as it strains credulity."
A labyrinthine exploration of identity and mortality, filled with big ideas that transcend the occasionally clunky plotting. Read full book review >

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JACOB, MENAHEM, MIMOUN by Marcel Bénabou
NON-FICTION
Released: April 30, 1998

"He's decided to let his book tell itself; he'll merely hitch himself to the story and go along for the ride in this artistic tour-de-force, by turns playful and serious."
A dry wit and surprising pathos infuse this "family epic," which turns out to be "merely" the telling of BÇnabou's failed attempt at creating his literary masterpiece. Read full book review >

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NON-FICTION
Released: Feb. 17, 2015

"An eye-opening wake-up call for executives who want to take better care of themselves."
A management consultant based in Singapore lays out a comprehensive, multipronged approach to increasing one's leadership performance. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

FAR NORTH by Marcel Theroux
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: June 3, 2009

"A good novel that very nearly became a much better one. This accomplished author has a few more steps to take, but looks to be well on the road to full maturity."
Civilization as we know it is nonexistent, but life goes on in Siberia in a bleak fourth novel from Theroux (The Confessions of Mycroft Holmes, 2001, etc.). Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

SACRED HEART by Marcel Montecino
Released: Nov. 1, 1997

It's been seven years since Montecino's last novel, Big Time, but his subject is the same: the dramatic redemption of a seemingly incorrigible criminal. Read full book review >

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THE GREAT LONGING by Marcel Mîring
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: May 24, 1995

"Earnest themes of modern loss, but, on balance, more often jejune than moving."
From Dutch writer Mîring, an ambitious search-for-the-meaning- of-life novel that offers lovely moments but suffers from flat- footedness. Read full book review >

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IN A DARK WOOD by Marcel Möring
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: March 1, 2010

"Not for the faint of heart."
Dutch novelist Möring (The Dream Room, 2002, etc.) pulls out all the stops in this rich, complex, obscure and polyphonic narrative of a descent into the soul. Read full book review >

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THE KARNAU TAPES by Marcel Beyer
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Nov. 1, 1997

"A good novel that might have been a much better one."
A powerful first novel suffering from weaknesses—winner of Germany's Ernst Willner Prize—describes the final days of WW II from two intriguingly blended viewpoints. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

Released: May 1, 1996

"A hyperaware and erudite product of Gallic postmodernism, BÇnabou's ludic essay dodges giddily among romantic notions of writing and Parnassian ideals of literature."
``Ceci n'est pas un livre,'' declares the author of this mercurially playful paradox of confessional literature, authorial awakening, and creative endeavor. Read full book review >

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THE CONFESSIONS OF MYCROFT HOLMES by Marcel Theroux
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: March 1, 2001

"Diverting and provocative, nevertheless."
A cunningly concealed family history is laboriously unearthed in Theroux's alternately absorbing and slightly disappointing second novel (after A Stranger in the Earth, 1999). Read full book review >