Search Results: "Milan Trenc"


BOOK REVIEW

ANOTHER NIGHT AT THE MUSEUM by Milan Trenc
CHILDREN'S
Released: March 19, 2013

"In the wake of Hurricane Sandy, flooding New York might not be the best-timed story idea. Larry's promise of yet more sequels in the works is equally ill-advised. (Picture book. 5-7)"
In this blatantly commercial retread, the author of Night at the Museum (1994, revised 2007, film version 2006) gives the marine exhibits a turn to frolic. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

Released: Sept. 27, 1995

"Vintage Kundera. (First serial to New York Review of Books; $35,000 ad/promo)"
Like a literary knight errant, Czech novelist Kundera (The Unbearable Lightness of Being, 1984; Immortality, 1991; etc.) rescues the novel, admired novelists, and composers from the distortions and betrayals of critics, translators, and friends while simultaneously offering provocative insights into the musical and literary arts. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

SLOWNESS by Milan Kundera
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: May 1, 1996

"Not vintage Kundera. (First printing of 100,000; $100,000 ad/promo)"
Elegantly fashioned and almost forbiddingly urbane new novel, written in French, by the renowned Czech author of such ironical and sophisticated fictions as The Book of Laughter and Forgetting (1980) and The Unbearable Lightness of Being (1984). Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

HEY CANADA! by Vivien Bowers
CHILDREN'S
Released: May 8, 2012

"Still, for armchair tourists, a broad if rosy picture of our neighbor to the north. (maps, index) (Nonfiction. 9-11)"
Arrays of small color photos, cartoons and occasional comic-book pages provide visuals for a young traveler's lively if superficial account of a quick province-by-province drive across Canada. Read full book review >

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IMMORTALITY by Milan Kundera
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: May 1, 1991

"Agnes and her gesture have inspired a remarkably tender and wise story about love and death, but the novelist Kundera, gifted and original, might consider a separation from the philosopher Kundera, an often banal and intrusive heavy."
There's a wonderfully elegant and provocative story lurking within Kundera's latest, but it's not that easily accessible. Read full book review >

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IDENTITY by Milan Kundera
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: May 1, 1998

"Anyway, isn't it pretty to think so?"
Further evidence of the decline into stentorian self-parody of the Czech virtuoso who once (ages ago, it now seems) produced such wonders as Laughable Loves (1974) and The Unbearable Lightness of Being (1984). Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

THE CURTAIN by Milan Kundera
Released: Feb. 7, 2007

"On bright display are Kundera's vast reading, his passion for his art and his disdain for the ordinary."
A celebrated Franco-Czech novelist considers the history of the novel and worries about its future. Read full book review >

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ENCOUNTER by Milan Kundera
NON-FICTION
Released: Sept. 1, 2010

"Shows that bright shards of clear prose can serve as windows into the unknown."
A collection of essays, book, music and art reviews, ruminations and recollections by the celebrated Franco-Czech novelist (Ignorance, 2002, etc.). Read full book review >

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DANNY, WHO FELL IN A HOLE by Cary Fagan
CHILDREN'S
Released: April 9, 2013

"A quirky existential adventure for thoughtful readers. (Fantasy. 9-11)"
Faced with sudden life changes, a boy blindly rushes into a deserted construction site and falls into a hole. Read full book review >

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IGNORANCE by Milan Kundera
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Oct. 4, 2002

"An honorable failure: Kundera's taking himself too seriously is offset by his ability to change the subject again and again—though, at end, nothing adds up to much."
Czech émigré Kundera (Identity, 1998, etc.) returns to Prague for this hodgepodge of romance, history, and philosophy. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

ISLAND OF SOULS by Milan Ljubincic
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: April 1, 2014

"A fine allegorical novel that may make readers feel refreshed and ready to take life by the reins."
In Ljubinic's debut novel, a tormented man seeks solace on what he believes is an uninhabited island, only to be greeted by a host of strange characters. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

THE JOKE by Milan Kundera
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: July 1, 1992

"Buy someone's first novel instead."
Shades of the Rocky movies: This is English translation number five of Kundera's 1967 novel. Read full book review >