Search Results: "Murray Bail"


BOOK REVIEW

EUCALYPTUS by Murray Bail
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Sept. 1, 1998

"A wonderfully written, melodic novel: Bail takes a simple idea and lifts it above the trees and beyond the horizon."
A fable-like novel from prizewinning Australian writer Bail (Homesickness, etc., not reviewed)poses an age-old question: How do you win a woman's heart? Read full book review >

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THE VOYAGE by Murray Bail
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Feb. 4, 2014

"In a quixotic narrative that zigs and zags and turns back upon itself, an esoteric exploration of passion and love, memory and ambition is revealed in pointillist fashion."
Australian novelist Bail (Eucalyptus, 1998, etc.) offers a slim avant-garde novel with a narrative that cavorts through time and space. Read full book review >

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CAMOUFLAGE by Murray Bail
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: May 1, 2001

"Exquisite work from a most unusual master craftsman who's one of his continent's finest writers."
Kitchen-sink realism and fantastic hyperbole are skillfully blended in this entertaining collection of 14 stories by the Australian author of the highly praised Eucalyptus (1998), etc. Read full book review >

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LITTLE MOUSE by Alison Murray
CHILDREN'S
Released: June 18, 2013

"Youngsters will clamor for more as they climb into a lap and ask to also be called their mommy's little mouse. (Picture book. 3-6)"
Murray captures a young girl's changing moods—from feeling big and bold to little and cuddly—in this playful, empathetic story. Read full book review >

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FAIRY FELICITY'S MOONLIGHT ADVENTURE by Alison Murray
CHILDREN'S
Released: Oct. 4, 2016

"Sparkly mollusk fluid aside, expect a book that hits its own sweet spot fairy-ly well. (Picture book. 2-4)"
Surprise birthday party? Check. Fairies? Check. Inoffensive follow-the-line conceit? Check and check! Read full book review >

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THE FOUR SEASONS OF LUCY MCKENZIE by Kirsty Murray
CHILDREN'S
Released: July 1, 2014

"A powerful story of life's continuity; magical realism at its best. (Magical realism. 10-14) "
An evocative story of family ties. Read full book review >

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VULTURE’S WAKE by Kirsty Murray
ADVENTURE
Released: April 1, 2010

"With a strong start, this story will probably carry readers through to the end, even though the last half falters in pace and credibility. (Science fiction. 12-15)"
Across a barren post-apocalyptic landscape, Callum is running for his life. Read full book review >

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AT LARGE by Lynne Murray
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: July 9, 2001

"To reduce it to simpler terms: Too many storylines plus too many characters equals maximum confusion and minimum suspense."
Still recovering from the gruesome death of her best friend Nina West (Large Target, 2000), plus-size heroine Josephine Fuller is somewhat queasily exploring her feelings for Nina's lover Thor Mulligan. Read full book review >

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Released: April 1, 1994

"For anyone interested in journalism, politics, and history, or in the observations of a clear and skeptical eye, nearly every piece has its delights."
A 30-year treasury of columns, essays, reviews, and reports from Pulitzer Prize-winner Kempton, a New York Newsday columnist and New York Review of Books contributor who richly deserves wide notice. Read full book review >

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BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Feb. 1, 2000

"Natalia Murray, who wrote a more guarded account of her relationship with Flanner in Darlinghissima (1985), would probably be disconcerted by this one; to Flanner's many admirers it will be both revealing and gratifying. (8 pages b&w photos)"
A thoughtful portrait of two forceful, talented women, their lives while together and apart, and their enormous impact on the life and career of the author. Read full book review >

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NON-FICTION
Released: Sept. 20, 2000

"A student nicely summed up Sperber's well-framed argument: college has become 'a four-year party—one long tailgater—with an $18,000 annual cover charge.' And you thought Dobie Gillis was bad."
Though not late-breaking news, here is an extremely dispiriting portrait of undergraduate life being reduced to a support unit for the athletic department, from long-time critic of the university sport scene Sperber (Onward to Victory, 1998, etc.). Read full book review >

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NON-FICTION
Released: Nov. 1, 2003

"Murray's answers are bound to set the walls of the academy and the halls of the learned journals ringing with rebuttals. But readers who took pleasure in Jacques Barzun's From Dawn to Decadence are sure to enjoy his arguments and elegant presentation."
Yes, human societies really do evolve for the better—thanks to the technologies, ideas, and other contributions of scads of mostly dead white European males. Read full book review >