Search Results: "Margaret Drabble"


BOOK REVIEW

Released: May 27, 1996

"Perhaps this biography, in its lumbering, cumbersome way, might bring a few of these elegant, streamlined, ever inventive works back to the bookstores."
As with many ploddingly obese biographies, there is a thin, sprightly work here aching to be set free. Read full book review >

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THE GATES OF IVORY by Margaret Drabble
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: May 1, 1992

"199;rateur, telling us what we know already."
So comfortable has Drabble become with the baggy formula for her our-gang novels (The Radiant Way, Natural Curiosity) that here she even appends a bibliography, a list of actual books that her character, as well as their creator, might have read to negotiate the present work's concerns. Read full book review >

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THE DARK FLOOD RISES by Margaret Drabble
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Feb. 14, 2017

"The lack of narrative drive may irk some readers, but those who appreciate her able combination of intelligence, wit, and rue will willingly follow Drabble into the sunset."
From veteran novelist Drabble (The Pure Gold Baby, 2013, etc.), a meditation on modern old age spiked with astringent humor on a subject "too serious for tears." Read full book review >

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THE SEA LADY by Margaret Drabble
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: May 7, 2007

"Emotionally reflective and intellectually invigorating."
An intense melancholy pervades the latest novel from the prolific and always thoughtful Drabble (The Red Queen, 2004, etc.), as she untangles the twisted strands of a 50-year relationship between a marine biologist and a well-known feminist. Read full book review >

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THE PURE GOLD BABY by Margaret Drabble
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Oct. 1, 2013

"Thoughtful and provocative, written with the author's customary intelligence and quiet passion."
Drabble (A Day in the Life of a Smiling Woman, 2011, etc.) enfolds the moving personal story of a single mother's care for her mentally disabled daughter within a somber narrative of aging families and declining social optimism. Read full book review >

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THE SEVEN SISTERS by Margaret Drabble
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Nov. 1, 2002

"Tough-minded, uncompromising, and not always a lot of fun. But Drabble's longtime admirers will cheer to see the author of The Needle's Eye and The Ice Age once again following her muse into uncomfortable places."
Following The Peppered Moth (2001), a novel based on her mother's life, Drabble goes even closer to the bone in a tale of late-middle-aged discontent. Read full book review >

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THE PEPPERED MOTH by Margaret Drabble
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: April 1, 2001

"A blend of psychology and social commentary: not to everyone's taste, perhaps, but those who appreciate its central importance in the evolution of English fiction will find Drabble a thoughtful modern practitioner of this approach."
Drabble's 14th novel (The Witch of Exmoor, 1997, etc.), firmly rooted as always in the English class system and the trials of her intelligent, attractive heroines, but more notable for its unusually bleak portrait of an angry, unhappy woman the author freely admits is based on her own mother. Read full book review >

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A DAY IN THE LIFE OF A SMILING WOMAN by Margaret Drabble
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: May 18, 2011

"Nothing revelatory, but Drabble's fans will savor these bite-sized examples of her humane intelligence."
Fourteen stories published over four decades offer an agreeable supplement to the distinguished British novelist's full-length fiction (The Sea Lady, 2007, etc.). Read full book review >

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BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Sept. 16, 2009

"A dab hand at fiction and editorship comes through once more, this time with a chockablock memoir fitted under the rubric of pastimes."
An accomplished voice of the British literary world recalls the puzzles that intrigued her in her youth and continue to do so in her maturity. Read full book review >

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THE RED QUEEN by Margaret Drabble
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Oct. 1, 2004

"Engrossing and provocative: a scarlet narrative thread reminds us how magical the novel can be in telling stories and lives."
With her usual deftness and clarity, Drabble (The Seven Sisters, 2002, etc.) crosses cultures and centuries, linking the story of an 18th-century Korean Crown Princess with that of a British scholar attending a conference in Seoul. Read full book review >

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THE WITCH OF EXMOOR by Margaret Drabble
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Sept. 1, 1997

"Satire and melodrama, nicely mixed, and a thoroughly satisfying entertainment."
A startling, mordantly funny portrait of contemporary Britain, and Drabble's (The Gates of Ivory, 1992, etc.) best and most assured novel in years. Read full book review >

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YOU'LL ENJOY IT WHEN YOU GET THERE by Elizabeth  Taylor
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Sept. 16, 2014

"Sensitive souls are scrutinized with delicate English understatement."
A newly selected volume of short fiction by a much-admired but not widely known English writer showcases her subtle insights. Read full book review >