Search Results: "Maryse Conde"


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THE LAST OF THE AFRICAN KINGS by Maryse Conde
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Nov. 30, 1997

"CondÇ has essentially written this novel before, and undoubtedly will do so again."
The Last Of The African Kings ($35.00; paper $12.00; Nov. 30; 216 pp.; 0-8032-1489-8; paper 0-8032-6384-8): This latest (1992) of Guadeloupean CondÇ's several chronicles of native Africa's encounter with the modern world is, like such predecessors as Segu (1987) and Tree of Life (1992), impassioned, impressively detailed, and a bit too schematic to fully engage a reader's sympathies. Read full book review >

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CROSSING THE MANGROVE by Maryse Conde
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: March 1, 1995

"Accomplished but insubstantial: Like Francis himself, the novel briefly alights and is soon gone."
A drifting, evocative story about a mystery man who brings unsettling change to a village in Guadeloupe. Read full book review >

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WHO SLASHED CELANIRE’S THROAT? by Maryse Conde
SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY
Released: Aug. 18, 2004

"Lush and lurid, as are its sultry settings: an intricate brocade conceals its blemishes, seducing the reader with silken irony."
Human sacrifice, never a good thing, wreaks spectacular havoc in the author's latest Caribbean gothic. Read full book review >

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Released: Oct. 1, 2001

"While the relentless losses, injustices, and unkindnesses make for disturbing reading—as does the author's ungratefulness and cramped take on life—this is a useful look at the psychological consequences of intolerance."
The Guadeloupian novelist (Windward Heights, 1999, etc.) remembers her privileged but harsh childhood, and the long-coming compassion and awareness that arose from it. Read full book review >

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I, TITUBA, BLACK WITCH OF SALEM by Maryse Conde
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Sept. 1, 1992

"Tituba deserves better."
Caribbean-born CondÇ (Segu, 1987; The Children of Segu, 1989; and see below) gives questionable life to Tituba, one of the accused and subsequently released witches of Salem, in a novel of some conflicting purpose. Read full book review >

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TREE OF LIFE by Maryse Conde
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Sept. 7, 1992

"Still, a very readable story of an unfamiliar territory."
An impressionistic saga from CondÇ (see above)—the story of a Caribbean family whose history is as much their own as it is their native island's. Read full book review >

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WINDWARD HEIGHTS by Maryse Conde
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Aug. 18, 1999

"A Third World 'Duel in the Sun': over the top, as always, but nevertheless one of its author's most involving and satisfying novels."
WINDWARD HEIGHTS ($24.00; Aug. 18; 364 pp.; 1-56947-161-4). Read full book review >

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DESIRADA by Maryse Conde
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Nov. 1, 2000

"Awarded the 1999 Prix Carbet de la Caraibe, what could be a downbeat, angrily heroic, and grim capstone to Condé's career insists that the only way for women to survive so much suffering, and truths too sad to set anyone free, is to 'learn to invent a life.'"
The 12th and most autobiographical from Condé (Windward Heights, 1999, etc.) returns to her fictional roots, where generations of Caribbeans discover strength and dignity as they endure inhuman cruelties and emotional betrayals. Read full book review >

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LAND OF MANY COLORS and NANNA-YA by Maryse Conde
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: April 15, 1999

"Both stories display narrative vigor and structural subtlety, but are argumentative and accusatory to a degree that severely limits their success in fictional terms."
Two early (1985) novellas by the Guadeloupian author of The Children of Segu (1989) and other fiction explicitly devoted to the struggles of Third World populations against their colonizers and oppressors. Read full book review >

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THE STORY OF THE CANNIBAL WOMAN by Maryse Conde
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Feb. 6, 2007

"Condé's flair for sensual detail—Cape Town streetscapes, heady black coffee—and her wry cynicism offset flabby plotting."
Caribbean painter reels from the aftermath of her lover's murder in Cape Town, South Africa, in this retread of Condé's usual themes: racial alienation and women's struggles for autonomy (Who Slashed Celanire's Throat?, 2004, etc.). Read full book review >

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A TREE FOR ALL SEASONS by Maryse Guittet
CHILDREN'S
Released: March 25, 2014

"Skippable. (Board book. 2-4)"
A year in the life of a tree. Read full book review >

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DARLING, I'M GOING TO CHARLIE by Maryse Wolinski
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Feb. 7, 2017

"A brief, affecting Gallic story of an enduring marriage that ended in senseless tragedy."
A deeply felt memoir from the wife of a cartoonist killed in the 2015 Charlie Hebdo terrorist attack. Read full book review >