Search Results: "Margaret Hynes"


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PICTURE THIS! ANIMALS by Margaret Hynes
CHILDREN'S
Released: March 1, 2014

"A dandy demonstration of how vividly information can be presented when numbers and pictures are linked in inventive ways. (index, further reading) (Nonfiction. 8-11)"
Chock-full of ingeniously designed infographics, this quick but memorable comparative survey of the animal kingdom offers fresh insights on nearly every page. Read full book review >

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KINGS OF INFINITE SPACE by James Hynes
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: April 5, 2004

"By turns ominous, hilarious, and genuinely scary: Hynes (The Lecturer's Tale, 2001, etc.) offers a highly original send-up of the most unnatural activity ever conceived by the human mind—work."
A darkly comic portrait of the Job from hell follows the vertiginous downward spiral of a failed academic who loses his wife, his career, his self-respect, and possibly even his sanity. Read full book review >

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PUBLISH AND PERISH by James Hynes
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: June 9, 1997

"Witty and penetrating: Hynes creates pungent satires of academic life while at the same time infusing them with genuine suspense and real terror."
Three original, droll, startling tales of horror in academia, by the author of the novel The Wild Colonial Boy (1990). Read full book review >

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NON-FICTION
Released: June 1, 1991

"More suggestive than conclusive in its analysis of the validity of the myth, Hynes's account of the impact of a terrible war is still rich and satisfying. (Sixteen-page photo insert—not seen.)"
Continuing the ground-breaking work of Paul Fussell in The Great War and Modern Memory, Hynes (Flights of Passage, 1988, etc.; Literature/Princeton) looks into the origin and impact of the myth that came into being to explain the significance of WW I. That myth depicted an idyllic England shattered irrevocably by the onslaught of a cruel and unnecessary way, by a generation of brave and idealistic young men lost in trench warfare prolonged by stupid generals and unimaginative politicians, and by the subsequent rejection by the embittered survivors of the values of their society. Read full book review >

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Released: Nov. 1, 1972

"But collectively they impart precisely that sense of fleeting discontinuity which Hynes claims for the age."
Hynes (The Edwardian Turn of Mind, 1968) has here gathered his more incidental writings on the intellectual vagaries of that cultural interregnum which began in 1900 with the death of Queen Victoria and ended abruptly in August, 1914. Read full book review >

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BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: March 1, 2003

"Comfortable as an old cardigan and more than simple nostalgia: a memoir in turns sagacious and poignant, the way it ought to be."
A recollection of the people, the sights, sounds, smells—the feel—of a boyhood in a harsh and splendid time in America. Read full book review >

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THE LECTURER’S TALE by James Hynes
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Jan. 1, 2001

"As many belly laughs, despite all the fire and brimstone, as David Lodge—and you don't even have to know what a paternoster or O-levels are."
Dr. Faustus toils thanklessly at an august midwestern university in Hynes's latest dispatch from the culture wars (academic division). Read full book review >

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Released: May 20, 1977

"Such tunnel-vision keeps Hynes off-limits for the general reader, but it does nothing to diminish the vigor of his textual illuminations, the elegance of his prose, or the warmth with which he shares the paradox of these writers."
"How do you write an elegy for a political movement? How do you grieve for strangers?" Read full book review >

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FLIGHTS OF PASSAGE by Samuel Hynes
Released: March 1, 1988

"Unsentimental, understated reminiscences that deliver a true record of the glorious, degrading, ludicrous, tedious, appalling, and other aberrant elements that constitute military manhood in time of war."
A detached, dead-honest memoir of WW II from a distinguished scholar who, though he survived scores of aerial combat missions against the Japanese, focuses on the Stateside experiences that attended his coming of age. Read full book review >

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THE UNSUBSTANTIAL AIR by Samuel Hynes
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Oct. 21, 2014

"Intimate and memorable portraits of these idealistic, daredevil young men are contained in a marvelously fluid narrative."
A deeply empathetic account of the first gentlemen pilots feeling their ways in uncharted territory. Read full book review >

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THE SOLDIERS' TALE by Samuel Hynes
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Jan. 1, 1997

"A potent book with insights into human behavior under the severe stress of battle, which historians, politicians, and rear-echelon staff officers often ignore or misread."
Powerful meditations on the experience of modern war. Read full book review >

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DOWN TO THE DIRT by Joel Hynes
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Oct. 1, 2005

"Violent rock music rendered in prose."
The lives and loves of tormented and booze- and drug-addled teenagers in Newfoundland are examined and revealed to be as chaotic and unpleasant as those of tormented, booze- and drug-addled teenagers in North Dakota or Belarus. Read full book review >