Search Results: "Pascal Mercier"


BOOK REVIEW

LEA by Pascal Mercier
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Sept. 12, 2017

"Despite Mercier's (Perlmann's Silence, 2012, etc.) lyricism and occasional emotional acuity, the book's depiction of suffering does little to elaborate its closing observation that 'there is unhappiness of a dimension so great that it is unbearable.'"
Two men from Bern who can no longer trust their hands—one is a recently retired surgeon who can't hold a scalpel without trembling and the other can't hold a steering wheel without contemplating suicide—meet by chance in a cafe in Provence. Read full book review >

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NIGHT TRAIN TO LISBON by Pascal Mercier
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Jan. 1, 2008

"An intriguing fiction only occasionally diluted by redundancy and by Mercier's overuse of the metaphor of a train journey."
An elegant meditative book teaches a painfully ironic life lesson in German-Swiss author Mercier's searching 2004 novel, a critically acclaimed international bestseller being published in the United States for the first time. Read full book review >

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PERLMANN'S SILENCE by Pascal Mercier
Released: Jan. 1, 2012

"The setup is worthy of a David Lodge or Malcolm Bradbury, but Mercier lacks the humor of either of those English satirists; instead, the novel settles into a kind of slow funk, the literary equivalent of moping, as Perlmann wrestles with what to do next, surprised by his own torpor and reluctance. But for readers of a philosophical bent, appreciative of slowly unfolding, elegant tales, this will be a pleasure."
A slow-moving portrait of grief and dislocation by the author of the fast-moving Night Train to Lisbon (2007). Read full book review >

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THE DIVINE CHILD by Pascal Bruckner
Released: Nov. 7, 1994

"One of those too-clever novels where the writer is more intent on strutting his stuff than telling a convincing tale."
A would-be Rabelaisian novel from French writer Bruckner (Evil Angels, 1987), who has an interesting idea—defy death by refusing to be born—but smothers it with gratuitously explicit sex, grotesque physical details, and old-hat intellectualism. Read full book review >

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IF WISHES WERE HORSES... by Francine Pascal
Released: Jan. 17, 1994

"Hard to believe, even harder to care."
Lopsided, thin, whiny novel about young love in New York City and middle-aged widowhood in the south of France: the second adult offering (Save Johanna!, 1981) from the creator of the Sweet Valley High series. Read full book review >

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ME AND DAD by Maria Catherine
CHILDREN'S
Released: March 1, 2014

"Do not spend much time deliberating about this title—pass. (Picture book. 2-5)"
A slide show of snapshots of different children and their fathers spending happy times together. Read full book review >

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THE LAST CHRISTMAS TREE by Stephen Krensky
CHILDREN'S
Released: Oct. 16, 2014

"The pint-sized tree isn't quite dead wood, but it never comes to life as a believable character the reader can care about. (Picture book. 4-8)"
A scraggly, undersized evergreen tree finds a home on Christmas Eve in this sentimental story that turns the unwanted tree into an anthropomorphic main character. Read full book review >

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DOCTOR TED by Andrea Beaty
CHILDREN'S
Released: April 8, 2008

"Kids will be anxious to see what kind of fireman Ted becomes. (Picture book. 4-7)"
Ted is one prepared bear. Read full book review >

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SEAL SONG by Andrea Spalding
ANIMALS
Released: Oct. 1, 2011

"Read aloud or alone, the storytelling and illustrations work well together, creating a memorable, satisfying whole. (Picture book. 5-9)"
Finn, a fisherman's son, befriends a seal who becomes his selkie friend until she gives up her human life to rescue him in a storm. Read full book review >

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A PET NAMED SNEAKER by Joan Heilbroner
CHILDREN'S
Released: Jan. 8, 2013

"A worthy title for new readers. (Early reader. 5-7)"
Sneaker the snake proves himself a lovable pet in this beginning reader. Read full book review >

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ALWAYS by Alison McGhee
ANIMALS
Released: June 9, 2009

"Dog owners will love this, as will those who wish they had a dog just like this one. (Picture book. 4-8)"
Just when it seems that there's nothing more to say about the enduring bond between a dog and its owner, an unassuming little pooch with brown spots steps up to the plate and adds his own first-person interpretation of that special attachment. Read full book review >

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DO NOT OPEN THIS BOOK! by Michaela Muntean
ANIMALS
Released: March 1, 2006

"There are other stories about writing and reading stories—Allan Ahlberg's Half a Pig (2004) and James Stevenson's No Laughing, No Smiling, No Giggling (2004) come to mind—that have a little more substance to sustain the fun. (Picture book. 5-9)"
A determined pig scolds readers for interfering with the creative process as he labors to write a story. Read full book review >