Search Results: "Paul Watkins"


BOOK REVIEW

PAUL by A.N. Wilson
NON-FICTION
Released: April 1, 1997

In a worthy companion volume to his Jesus: A Life (1992), novelist-biographer Wilson (A Watch in the Night, 1996, etc.) adeptly recreates the milieu of Christianity's greatest interpreter and missionary. Read full book review >

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PAUL by Jerome Murphy-O'Connor
NON-FICTION
Released: July 1, 1996

"Acts, though historically imprecise, makes for a much better story."
A dry historical tome that would be more aptly titled ``Paul: A Cultural History.'' The difficulties of doing ancient biography are compounded when one of the two major sources available is believed to be historically unreliable and corrupt. Read full book review >

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Paul by Gesner Noel
NON-FICTION
Released: Aug. 5, 2016

"An excellent single-volume introduction to Christianity's first theologian."
A brief but thorough account of St. Paul's life and an analysis of its significance in the subsequent development of Christianity. Read full book review >

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THE FORGER by Paul Watkins
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Nov. 1, 2000

"Yet another American in Paris searching for the crumbs of Hemingway's moveable feast— and learning the marvelous French art of the suave betrayal."
Watkins continues his obsession with the romantic sons of small-town New England fishing families, this time with a naive young painter who finds in a corrupt and dangerous Europe the adventure of a lifetime. Read full book review >

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THE ICE SOLDIER by Paul Watkins
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Jan. 4, 2006

"Plants the flag for good, manly storytelling."
So frequently compared to Hemingway, Watkins (The Fellowship of Ghosts, 2004, etc.) delivers a ninth novel that's willfully old-fashioned and, yes, Hemingwayesque. Read full book review >

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STAND BEFORE YOUR GOD by Paul Watkins
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: March 1, 1994

"A graceful and ultimately sad account that tends to keep to the surface but, even so, makes us question assumptions about education, tradition, and the elite."
An unsentimental memoir of being an American in English boarding schools—the first nonfiction from the author of The Promise of Light (1993), etc. Watkins registers his shock as a small boy upon being left by his father at the Dragon School near Oxford. Read full book review >

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THE STORY OF MY DISAPPEARANCE by Paul Watkins
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: April 17, 1998

"Not his best, but not half bad."
A sixth novel, both action-packed and curiously muted, from the accomplished young author of such varied and adventurous fiction as Night Over Day Over Night (1988) and Archangel (1996). Read full book review >

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ARCHANGEL by Paul Watkins
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Jan. 1, 1996

"With its undeniable power of language and sharply etched imagery, this tale makes a mighty crash, but being short of either Carolyn Chute's understanding of upcountry Maine folk or Edward Abbey's enthusiasm for the good fight, it falls hollow at the core."
Having established an impressive track record of six acclaimed books by the ripe age of 31 (Stand Before Your God, 1994, etc.), Watkins stumbles a bit here, losing his way in Maine's northern woods while on the trail of an eco-activista young radical who takes on a logging-company owner determined to clear-cut old-growth wilderness. Read full book review >

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THE PROMISE OF LIGHT by Paul Watkins
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Jan. 1, 1993

"From start to finish, this is fine work."
Watkins has outdone himself: this gifted young writer (In the Blue Light of African Dreams, etc.) has written his best yet—a successful fusion of a young man's quest for his origins with a harrowing account of the Troubles in Ireland (prior to independence in 1922). Read full book review >

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FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Nov. 8, 2005

"Flawed, but surprisingly engrossing."
Another knock-off of Anita Diamant's The Red Tent: this time, the story of Saint Paul. Read full book review >

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PAUL GAUGUIN by David Sweetman
NON-FICTION
Released: Feb. 21, 1996

"And if Sweetman doesn't entirely succeed in maintaining his narrative focus, he does provide a biography that brings our own time into clearer view along with that of his subject. (color and b&w illustrations, not seen)"
This sprawling narrative of Paul Gauguin's messy life provides new insights, despite its lack of formal coherence. Read full book review >