Search Results: "Margaret Sayers Peden"


BOOK REVIEW

BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: June 1, 2003

"Dazzling as a kaleidoscope: an artful tumbling and knocking that throws light and reveals strange depths."
"I can't be objective where Chile is concerned," writes novelist Allende (City of the Beasts, 2002, etc.) in this evocative and, yes, highly personal, social geography cum memoir. Read full book review >

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ZORRO by Isabel Allende
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: May 4, 2005

"Allende's tale risks but resists descending into melodrama at every turn. The up-to-date, even postmodern ending makes for a nice touch, too, and will gladden the heart of anyone ready in his or her heart to carve a few Zs into the bad guys."
A graceful imagining of the saber-wielding, justice-dispensing freedom fighter of yore. Read full book review >

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THE SUM OF OUR DAYS by Isabel Allende
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: April 1, 2008

"A turbulent life to be both pitied and envied, and a book to be savored and reread."
Loving tribute to an unorthodox family. Read full book review >

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ANTIGUA AND MY LIFE BEFORE by marcela Serrano
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: June 1, 2000

"Only intermittently compelling."
This exploration of the mysteries of womanhood, artistic and political commitment, and identity focuses on the lifelong symbiotic friendship between rootless artist-architect Violeta Dasinski and famous pop singer Josefa Ferrer, who tells their story. Read full book review >

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THE STORIES OF EVA LUNA by Isabel Allende
FICTION & LITERATURE

"Allende can do better."
A collection of magical-realist short stories narrated by Allende's recent heroine, Eva Luna (Eva Luna, 1988; Of Love and Shadows, 1987; The House of Spirits, 1985), which are set in nameless Latin American countries, any time in the past, and peopled with characters who could be and probably are meant to be someone else. Read full book review >

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THE PAINTER OF BATTLES by Arturo Pérez-Reverte
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Jan. 15, 2008

"Pérez-Reverte ends the novel imaginatively, but not soon enough to rescue it from portentousness and redundancy. The author has done and can do better than this."
Dialectic replaces drama in a different kind of historical suspense novel, an international bestseller published in the U.S. for the first time, from the Spanish author (The Queen of the South, 2004, etc.). Read full book review >

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THE SUN OVER BREDA by Arturo Pérez-Reverte
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: April 5, 2007

"Don't miss the exciting conclusions."
The siege of the Dutch city of Breda in the late-16th century near the end of the Hundred Years' War is the subject of this third installment in Pérez-Reverte's five-volume saga. Read full book review >

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THE NAUTICAL CHART by Arturo Pérez-Reverte
Released: Oct. 1, 2001

"A classic of its genre, equal to the best of Eric Ambler and Patrick O'Brian—and, beyond genre, not far below the levels and depths plumbed by Melville and Conrad themselves."
This marvelous thriller—a seafaring mystery that pointedly evokes the immortal romances of Melville, Stevenson, and Conrad—is the fifth (and best) fiction in English translation yet from the very popular Spanish author of The Club Dumas (1997) and The Seville Communion (1998). Read full book review >

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SEPHARAD by Antonio Muñoz Molina
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Dec. 1, 2003

"Beautifully constructed and very rich but, still, tales with a narrow focus that may seem foreign and strange to the majority of American readers."
Seventeen stories, most portraying historical figures trapped in the political convulsions of the 1930s and '40s, by award-winning Spanish novelist Muñoz Molina. Read full book review >

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APHRODITE by Isabel Allende
NON-FICTION
Released: April 1, 1998

"Her tact amplifies the eros that pornography kills. ($125,000 ad/promo; radio satellite tour)"
An elegant grandmother ponders the erotic side of food and the most delicious aspects of eros. Read full book review >

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KINGDOM OF THE GOLDEN DRAGON by Isabel Allende
ADVENTURE
Released: May 1, 2004

"Awkward and overly expository prose makes this otherwise promising offering waver between magical adventure and social-studies lesson. (Fiction. 13-15)"
The adolescent heroes of City of the Beasts are off for another journey with primitive peoples and spectacular creatures in this clunky sequel. Read full book review >

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CITY OF THE BEASTS by Isabel Allende
ADVENTURE
Released: Nov. 1, 2002

"Whether this is the fault of the original writing or the translation from the Spanish is immaterial; this flaw, combined with the general pointlessness of the plot, makes this offering—all 416 pages of it—an excruciating experience. (Fiction. 10+)"
A moody American teen finds himself up the Amazon without a paddle in this aimlessly meandering and cliché-ridden fantasy. Read full book review >