Search Results: "Paul West"


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CHEOPS by Paul West
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Oct. 29, 2002

"This adventurous, high-spirited writer is almost always forgotten when prize nominations are announced. The prize-givers might well note that an indisputably major oeuvre is taking shape right before their eyes."
West's unparalleled chronological and thematic range is extended still further in his ambitious twentieth novel, set in ancient Egypt during the time (c. 2700 b.c.) of its Fourth Dynasty. Read full book review >

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THE TENT OF ORANGE MIST by Paul West
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Sept. 1, 1995

"A terrible tale, vividly told, marred only by West's intrusive intellectual riffs and asides that have the effect of trivializing the unadorned truth."
Veteran writer West (Tenement of Clay, 1992; A Stroke of Genius, 1995; etc.) returns, this time focusing on the knife-edge relationship of a Chinese daughter and her father with a Japanese whoremaster. Read full book review >

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TENEMENT OF CLAY by Paul West
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Feb. 19, 1993

"Not a must read, or a fun read, but curiously prophetic of the recent calamitous effects of enforced acculturation in places like united Germany."
A secular savior takes a derelict into his crumbling brownstone with predictably gloomy results—first US publication for this early (1965) novel by the author of The Women of Whitechapel and Jack the Ripper, Lord Byron's Doctor, etc. Edward Nicholas, a.k.a. Read full book review >

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LOVE'S MANSION by Paul West
Released: Sept. 1, 1992

"A pity, too, because much here is very good."
A new angle on an old subject from West (The Women of Whitechapel and Jack the Ripper, 1991, etc.), who here makes the familiar horrors of WW I the heart of a son's story of beloved parents. Read full book review >

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SPORTING WITH AMARYLLIS by Paul West
Released: Dec. 1, 1996

"To accept the conceits offered in abundance here is to experience a fanciful, probing, indeed mesmerizing story, but any unwillingness to grant the unfettered possibility of magic in the real world would lessen its effect considerably."
Wielding words and high-flown images with his customary aplomb, prize-winning novelist West (The Tent of Orange Mist, 1995, etc.) offers a different take on the notion of creative inspiration, capturing soon-to-be poet John Milton in a heady, developmentally decisive moment. Read full book review >

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TERRESTRIALS by Paul West
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: Sept. 17, 1997

"A splendid assembly of ideas, language, and allusions, though sometimes the sheer intellectual exuberance overwhelms the story, however conceptually brilliant."
As usual, West (Sporting With Amaryllis, 1996, etc.) offers erudite commentary and provocative insights into the human predicament, this time in a tale told by an extraterrestrial about two American pilots bound by friendship and history. Read full book review >

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MY MOTHER'S MUSIC by Paul West
NON-FICTION
Released: May 1, 1996

"A taxing, distracted read whose tender mercies are too few and far between."
Prolific West (A Stroke of Genius, 1995; The Tent of Orange Mist, 1995) strikes again, this time with an affectionate but characteristically showy paean to his mother. Read full book review >

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Released: July 1, 2001

"A sometimes inspiriting, often infuriating glimpse into how a veteran novelist molds a younger generation of fiction writers."
In this account of what he says will be his last semester teaching, prolific novelist West (The Dry Danube, 2000, etc.) cajoles and exhorts 15 graduate writing students, with equal parts wisdom and pretension. Read full book review >

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A FIFTH OF NOVEMBER by Paul West
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: May 30, 2001

"The rhetoric is gorgeous, but the pace is too often funereal. Not, therefore, one of West's real triumphs—but a failure that many novelists might well envy."
West's 19th novel (after OK and Dry Danube, both 2000) painstakingly fictionalizes the Gunpowder Plot of 1605, in which Catholic conspirators led by Guy Fawkes attempted to blow up Parliament, and in the process murder England's anti-Catholic King James I and his chief ministers. Read full book review >

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OK by Paul West
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: April 1, 2000

"West's enduring curiosity, energy, and 'chutzpah' make him one of the most consistently interesting novelists at work today—and OK is one of his most interesting books."
The mythology of the American West has once again begun to take hold of some of our best writers' imaginations—notably so in this sharply imagined 18th novel by the versatile stylist whose widely ranging fiction includes, most recently, Life With Swan (1999). Read full book review >

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THE SECRET LIVES OF WORDS by Paul West
NON-FICTION
Released: June 1, 2000

"Word enthusiasts will find trivia and treasure here."
This wonderfully curious and eclectic volume falls somewhere between a quirky dictionary and a romantic sonnet. Read full book review >

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LIFE WITH SWAN by Paul West
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Feb. 22, 1999

"On the other hand, what a terrific Valentine's Day present—for Diane Ackerman, and us."
An engaging autobiographical novel, really as much memoir as fiction, from the mandarin stylist renowned for both personal history (A Stroke of Genius, 1995, etc.) and zestfully inventive fiction (Terrestrials, 1997, etc.). Read full book review >