Search Results: "Martín Arias"


BOOK REVIEW

PROFESSOR BORGES by Jorge Luis Borges
ESSAYS & ANTHOLOGIES
Released: May 23, 2013

"A sobering, even startling, view of an academic world that has fundamentally altered and softened in the last half-century."
Edited and translated transcripts of recordings of a university class in English literature taught in the fall of 1966 by the celebrated Argentinian author. Read full book review >

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MARTÍN DE PORRES by Gary Schmidt
CHILDREN'S
Released: June 19, 2012

"A visual—and, it must be said, spiritual—delight. (Picture book/biography. 5-9)"
With images of surpassing beauty and power and a text both simple and lyrical, Diaz and Schmidt tell the life of the first black saint of the Americas. Read full book review >

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ARIAS OF BLOOD by John Gano
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: Oct. 17, 1997

"All the hustle and bustle makes for a giddily enjoyable round of intrigue it would be churlish to take any more seriously than the plot of a bel canto opera."
Bargain-basement impresario George Sinclair's Floria Tosca Opera Company (Death at the Opera, 1996), engaged by horsey Lady Janet Tabley on a week's notice to perform La Traviata as a fund- raiser at London's historic Mansion House, is upstaged once again, this time by an assassin calling himself Solomon, who's announced his intention of killing the guest of honor, the Lord Mayor. Read full book review >

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MR. MARTIN AND THE BIRDS / EL SEÑOR MARTÍN Y LOS PÁJAROS by Maroe Susti
CHILDREN'S
Released: June 28, 2011

"The app itself is an odd bird that could use some updating, especially for the English version. (iPad storybook app. 5-8)"
An avian effort featuring concurrent English and Spanish versions of a story about a man and his feathered friends fails to take flight, despite some nice design touches. Read full book review >

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VARIABLE CLOUD by Carmen Martín Gaite
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: July 18, 1996

"This ambitious 1992 novel from one of Spain's leading writers (now translated into English for the first time) was a major success in Gaite's homeland, but may find a relatively lukewarm response in a culture where feisty criticisms of lamebrained machismo are not a novelty."
Variable Cloud ($24.00; Jul. 18, 1996; 374 pp.; 1-86046-061-5): A chronicle of female friendship, expressed largely through an exhaustive exchange of letters between two women who resume their long-dormant intimacy when each must grapple with the demons of middle age and unravelling relationships. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

THE SAME CITY by Luisgé Martín
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Sept. 8, 2015

"A gracefully composed but emotionally empty reflection on middle-age crazy."
A Manhattan attorney uses the confusion and grief surrounding a terrorist attack to disappear from his uneventful life. Read full book review >

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VALFIERNO by Martín Caparrós
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: July 15, 2008

"Luxurious and intelligent look at identity, class and art—all in an intriguing story based on real events."
The man behind the theft of the Mona Lisa discusses his multiple identities and adventures in leisurely detail to an American reporter. Read full book review >

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MOM GOES TO WAR by Irene Aparici Martín
CHILDREN'S
Released: April 1, 2013

"A good idea drowns in unnecessary excess. (Picture book. 4-8)"
Great intentions yield few rewards in this well-meaning, plodding explanation of breast cancer for kids. Read full book review >

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PABLO’S CHRISTMAS by Hugo C. Martín
CHILDREN'S
Released: Oct. 23, 2006

"Chapman's vibrant illustrations use elements of folk art, such as a flattened perspective, patterned borders and angels flying in the clouds. (Picture book. 4-8)"
Young Pablo lives with his parents and two younger sisters on a small farm in the Valle de Guadalupe in Mexico. Read full book review >

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LIVING’S THE STRANGE THING by Carmen Martín Gaite
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Aug. 1, 2004

"Beautiful, extremely moving in its outline and sentiments, but a much different matter on the page: overlong, rambling, monotonous."
Ponderous account of a woman coming to terms with the death (and life) of her mother, as related by Spanish novelist Gaite (The Farewell Angel, 1999, etc.) in a deeply obsessive, introspective voice. Read full book review >

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THE CASE OF DOCTOR SACHS by Martin Winckler
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Oct. 1, 2000

"Our inherent fascination with medical stories aside, Winckler's patiently detailed exploration of a life lived almost solely for others makes his low-keyed tale as heartwarming and life-affirming an experience as it is an unpretentiously realistic one."
A piecemeal portrait of the days of a provincial French physician, this appealing 1997 novel (the second by its relatively late-blooming author, himself a retired doctor) won France's Prix du Livre Inter (just how many French literary prizes are there, by the way?) and was the basis for a highly popular recent film. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

THE LAW OF LOVE by Laura Esquivel
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Oct. 1, 1996

"Next time out, though, she needs to try a little less hard to astonish. (First printing of 500,000; author tour)"
An exuberant, hectic, ultimately exhausting novel about (among other things) time travel, true love, and reincarnation, by the author of the hugely best-selling Like Water for Chocolate (1992). Read full book review >