Search Results: "Patrick Chamoiseau"


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PATRICK by Geoffrey Hayes
CHILDREN'S
Released: April 1, 2011

"For the most part, though, the format, vocabulary and art work well here to encourage kids to read on their own and have fun doing it. (Graphic early reader. 4-6)"
Hayes, the Geisel Award-winning creator of the Benny and Penny stories (Benny and Penny in the Big No-No, 2009, etc.) introduces a new character in this collection of short graphic stories. Read full book review >

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PATRICK by Stephen R. Lawhead
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Feb. 25, 2003

"A straightforward Celtic paperback yarn, but this one is blessedly short on the talking trees, magic swords, and warrior maidens that clutter up so many from Lawhead (Mystic Rose, 2001, etc.). Still, you'll still need to be a serious Celt-ophile to get through it."
A fictionalized biography of St. Patrick, circa a.d. 400, concentrating on the "lost years" of the famous Irish patriarch. Read full book review >

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PATRICK by Tomie dePaola
BIOGRAPHY
Released: March 15, 1992

"An excellent contribution. (Biography/Picture book. 4-8)"
A brief, straightforward summary of the known facts about the saint's life, illustrated in dePaola's usual accomplished manner with simple, stylized figures and a pleasing variety of frames bordered with gold bands that unify the whole. Read full book review >

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CHILDHOOD by Patrick Chamoiseau
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Feb. 25, 1999

"This autobiographical fragment may not dim Chamoiseau's growing reputation but it won—t illuminate it either."
paper 0-8032-6382-1 A prequel to Chamoiseau's School Days (1997), this slim, sometimes rambling, sometimes stirringly poignant account covers the novelist's (Texaco, 1997, etc.) early childhood between first cognition and education. Read full book review >

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TEXACO by Patrick Chamoiseau
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Feb. 28, 1997

"Godspeed."
This dense, crowded, intricately constructed novel—a fictional history of the Caribbean underclass in the century-and-a- half since the abolition of slavery—won for Martinique's Chamoiseau the prestigious Goncourt Prize in 1993. Read full book review >

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SCHOOL DAYS by Patrick Chamoiseau
Released: March 19, 1997

"Sometimes reading like an archetypal narrative of cultural domination, sometimes like an intimate memory from one's own childhood, this memoir rewards the effort to learn its language."
Having already evoked the Creole experience in folktale (Creole Folktales, 1995) and novel (Texaco, 1997, which won France's Prix Goncourt), Martinique's Chamoiseau proves an inventive memoirist in his account of a boy's struggle to keep his identity in a school committed to crushing it. Read full book review >

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SOLIBO MAGNIFICENT by Patrick Chamoiseau
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: March 1, 1998

"A wonderful novel well served by a helpful Glossary and Afterword, as well as by a superlative translation that brings its exotic world exhilaratingly close to our own."
A captivatingly exotic earlier novel (written in 1988) by the Martiniquean author of the Prix Goncourtwinning Texaco (1993). Read full book review >

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SEVEN DREAMS OF ELMIRA by Patrick Chamoiseau
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Aug. 1, 1999

"A minor but charming addition to Chamoiseau's exotic and distinctive oeuvre."
Seven Dreams Of Elmira ($20.00; Aug.; 64 pp.; photographs by Jean-Luc Laguardique; 1-58195-002-0): This quaint and curious little volume combines a number of striking photographs (black and white and color landscapes and portraits) that celebrate the West Indian island of Martinique with a terse prose poem written by that island's most successful literary export: the Creole-born author of such lush, exuberant fictions as Texaco (1997) and Solibo Magnificent (1998). Read full book review >

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CREOLE FOLKTALES by Patrick Chamoiseau
FAIRY TALES, FOLKTALES AND MYTHS
Released: Jan. 1, 1995

"But the evil characters are caricatures; others are generally so unpleasant that readers will not be moved to root for them. (Folklore. 11+)"
Chamoiseau, who is French, makes his U.S. debut with a collection of folktales based on the ones he listened to as a child. Read full book review >

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CHRONICLE OF THE SEVEN SORROWS by Patrick Chamoiseau
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Nov. 19, 1999

"Don't be surprised if the accomplished Chamoiseau emerges as one of the new century's leading Nobel prize candidates."
Chronicle Of The Seven Sorrows ($25.00; Nov. 19; 226 pp.; 0-8032-1495-2) The first novel (published in 1986 in France) by the Martiniquean author of Texaco and Solibo Magnificent, among other colorful fiction and autobiography, is a raffish mock epic celebration of his island homeland's energetically mixed (French and Creole) language and culture. Read full book review >