Search Results: "Martin Winckler"


BOOK REVIEW

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 >

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MARY MARTIN by Ronald L. Davis
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: April 1, 2008

"Martin's star quality prevails."
Affectionate but not airbrushed portrait of the Broadway diva who got her first big break with a naughty Cole Porter song but flew into legend in a children's classic. Read full book review >

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DEAN MARTIN by Michael Freedland
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Jan. 15, 2006

"Dino light and lively; anyone seeking a probing look at the life of Dean Martin should look elsewhere—probably at Nick Tosches's Dino: Living High in the Dirty Business of Dreams (1992)."
A biography of singer-actor Martin that has the pace, diffidence and depth of one of Martin's T.V. variety shows. Read full book review >

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MARTIN FROBISHER by James McDermott
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: May 1, 2001

"Intriguing if long-winded. (4 b&w maps and charts)"
The first major biography of the early English explorer since William McFee's widely purchased 1928 Life of Sir Martin Frobisher. Read full book review >

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MARTIN DRESSLER by Steven Millhauser
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: April 1, 1996

"It might be another of Dreiser's densely packed tales of financiers and titans, written at characteristic white heat, but by an immeasurably more graceful stylist."
A chronicle of obsession, self-indulgence, and, in a curious way, moral growth, expertly poised between realistic narrative and allegorical fable, from the author of such intriguing, if sometimes unduly gossamer, fictions as Edwin Mullhouse (1972) and In the Penny Arcade (1986). Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

MARTIN AMIS by Richard Bradford
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Dec. 12, 2012

"Just serviceable. Readers interested in all things Amis will want to refer to the roman à clef The Information and anxiously await an autobiography."
Indifferently written bio of "the best prose stylist in English…in the closing decades of the last and the opening of this century." Read full book review >

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MARTIN BAUMAN; by David Leavitt
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Sept. 6, 2000

"Nonetheless, the gossip value alone should make this Leavitt's most popular book. It's also his best since his early successes, Family Dancing (1984) and The Lost Language of Cranes (1986): a cri de coeur that's intelligent, funny, and genuinely revealing."
What might almost have been Leavitt's first novel is instead the presumably autobiographical stuff of his ambitious fifth: an alternately lighthearted and turgid chronicle of a young writer's pursuit of love and fame in the New York literary world of the early 1980s. Read full book review >

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MARTIN RIVAS by Alberto Blest Gana
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Dec. 1, 1999

"Blest Gana is no Balzac; he may, however, be Chile's Howard Fast or Upton Sinclair."
This intermittently tedious but eventually rewarding fiction—the first full-length novel published (in 1862) by its Chilean author, a would-be Balzac—portrays in workmanlike depth the —education— of its eponymous hero as he is born in the impoverished north, raised by a wealthy Santiago family, and matured by his involvement in revolutionary politics. Read full book review >

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MARTIN LUTHER by Richard Marius
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: March 1, 1999

"Valuable for its depiction of Luther's mad wrestling with doubt and despair, but too one-sided to capture the contradictions in its complex subject. (16 b&w photos, not seen)"
The darkest biography yet of the irascible Luther, by Harvard professor emeritus and novelist Marius (Thomas More: A Biography, 1984, etc.). Read full book review >

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DANIEL MARTIN by John Fowles
Released: Sept. 12, 1977

"The surprise is that he has chosen to burden his realest, smallest story with the unlikely job of explaining—and finding hope in—Twentieth-Century Life."
A writer and his women ("his past futures, his future pasts")—and an attempt to discover "what had gone wrong not only with Daniel Martin, but his generation, age, century. . . ." Read full book review >

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MARTIN LUTHER by Heinz  Schilling
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: July 1, 2017

"An academic achievement with limited appeal for the nonscholarly audience."
A comprehensive biography of the famed reformer. Read full book review >

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MARTIN SLOANE by Michael Redhill
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: June 19, 2002

"From a promising young Canadian writer, a failed effort that says everything quite well but may not interest many."
A college girl's romance with an older artist turns into a serious relationship and then a mystery—after he disappears without a trace. Read full book review >