Search Results: "Margaret Jull Costa"


BOOK REVIEW

SMALL MEMORIES by José Saramago
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: May 11, 2011

"A nonfictional footnote to a brilliant career in fiction."
A slim, elliptical, often poetic memoir by the late Portuguese winner of the Nobel Prize for Literature. Read full book review >

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THE YELLOW RAIN by Julio Llamazares
SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY
Released: Jan. 1, 2004

"Little plot, and somewhat static, but suffused with a poetic intensity that rivets the reader's attention to the page: a fine introduction to the work of a very accomplished novelist."
An old man awaits his solitary death in an abandoned village in Spain's Pyrenees Mountains: a limpid 1998 novel, its Spanish author's first to appear in English translation. Read full book review >

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DEATH WITH INTERRUPTIONS by José Saramago
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Oct. 6, 2008

"Simultaneously, we may sense we hear the voice of a great artisan who may not have shown us the last of his creations; who instead whispers his promise: Not just yet, there's more to be told."
When Portugal's José Saramago received the 1998 Nobel Prize, it seemed a fitting climactic acknowledgement of a brilliant career of a stubbornly independent genius who—like Tolstoy and Verdi and Picasso in their times, the late Saul Bellow and the ever underrated Hortense Calisher in our own—had demonstrated unimpaired creative power well into old age. Read full book review >

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BRIDA by Paulo Coelho
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: July 1, 2008

"This patchy mélange of vaguely Gnostic sounding aphorisms and not much action—climaxing with a BYOB witch-initiation party—will mostly appeal to Coelho's diehard devotees."
New Age savant Coelho (The Witch of Portobello, 2007, etc.) whitewashes witchcraft. Read full book review >

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ALL THE NAMES by José Saramago
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Oct. 1, 2000

"Mischievous, saturnine, and commandingly eloquent fiction."
The resonant themes of identity and autonomy are examined with keen precision and rich humor in the Portuguese Nobel laureate's most recent (1997) fiction, a novel that compares very interestingly with Saramago's fascinating The History of the Siege of Lisbon (1997). Read full book review >

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OUT IN THE OPEN by Jesús Carrasco
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: July 4, 2017

"Harshly and elegantly told; a quest that feels both old and new."
A stark debut novel details a young boy's flight from danger across a desiccated, dangerous land. Read full book review >

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WARRIOR OF THE LIGHT by Paulo Coelho
Released: March 1, 2003

"Feeble."
Brazilian Coelho (renowned for The Alchemist, 1993) has sold over 35 million copies worldwide and been translated into 54 languages. His latest may end up in the same enviable boat. Read full book review >

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THE DOUBLE by José Saramago
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Oct. 1, 2004

"Nevertheless, it's clearly the work of a great writer, whose entire oeuvre eloquently dramatizes the paradox (memorably stated by Maria de Paz) that 'Chaos is only order waiting to be deciphered.'"
The theme of shared identity, treated by such masters as Poe, Stevenson, and Dostoevsky, animates the 1998 Nobel winner's latest. Read full book review >

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THE VALKYRIES by Paulo Coelho
NON-FICTION
Released: Sept. 1, 1995

"More pap for the spiritually challenged."
A facile New Age story in which the author and his wife are initiated into the cult of angels by a band of women bikers in the Mojave Desert. Read full book review >

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TRISTANA by Benito Pérez Galdós
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Oct. 14, 2014

"A strong entry for a college course on feminism and literature, this is too contrived and didactic to do well outside the world of required reading."
This love triangle presents a distinctive heroine but more archaic melodrama than those outside academia are likely to enjoy. Read full book review >

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ADULTERY by Paulo Coelho
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Aug. 19, 2014

"More trite truthiness from Coelho."
A Swiss journalist strives to redress the meaninglessness of her life with even more meaningless sexual encounters in Coelho's latest pseudo-philosophical screed. Read full book review >

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THE CAVALIER IN THE YELLOW DOUBLET by Arturo Pérez-Reverte
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: Sept. 3, 2009

"Lightweight, pleasant and unobjectionable."
Pérez-Reverte (The King's Gold, 2008, etc.) returns to familiar territory in 17th-century Spain, dispatching Captain Diego Alatriste for a fifth round of swordplay, gamesmanship and swashbuckling romance. Read full book review >