Search Results: "Philippe Besson"


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IN THE ABSENCE OF MEN by Philippe Besson
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: April 1, 2003

"It's more akin to Françoise Sagan's once-notorious Bonjour Tristesse."
In this relentlessly mournful récit, Vincent de l'Etoile, a youth of godlike beauty and initially confused sexuality (who is, at age 16, "as old as the century"), reveals his chance friendship with a middle-aged author named Marcel and his passionate love for Arthur Valès, a doomed soldier. Read full book review >

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HIS BROTHER by Philippe Besson
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: July 1, 2005

"Besson's prose has a fatalistic Greek gravitas and a stark honesty: a moving novel as memoir."
French novelist Besson's second outing (after In the Absence of Men, 2003) is the spare account of a beloved brother's untimely death. It has the sensory impact of a memoir. Read full book review >

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PAPA! by Philippe Corentin
BEDTIME BOOK
Released: June 1, 1997

"Warm and funny fare. (Picture book. 2-6)"
A humorous reminder, in the same spirit as Jackie French Koller's No Such Thing (p. 60), that monsters are monsters only in the eye of the beholder. Read full book review >

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A BUSY DAY AT THE GARAGE by Philippe Dupasquier
FICTION
Released: Jan. 1, 1996

"Bright, boisterous, fun; for children who take to the format, there are two companion volumes: A Busy Day at the Airport (ISBN 1-56402-591-8) and A Busy Day at the Building Site (592-6). (Picture book. 4+)"
A rural, pleasantly ramshackle garage is the setting for this lively book. Read full book review >

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NOT SO VERY LONG AGO by Philippe Fix
CHILDREN'S
Released: Feb. 1, 1994

"An attractive European equivalent to a visit to, say, Massachusetts's Sturbridge Village, though the generic nature of the northern European setting may trouble those readers who know the area well. (Nonfiction. 7-10)"
Written by a Parisian, first published in Germany, and erroneously classified in 973.8 by LC, a portrayal of European village life 100 years ago, at its most serene. Read full book review >

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Released: Nov. 1, 1999

"Beginning and ending with huge, eye-filling elevated overviews, this sketchbook makes an irresistible invitation to dream of rural idylls and days gone by. (Picture book. 5-10)"
With a series of oversized watercolors'so large, in fact, that the book will be impractical to shelve—awash in nostalgia, Dumas squires readers about a prosperous English farm back when the plumbing was out of doors and steam engines were innovations. Read full book review >

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CONSEQUENCES by Philippe Djian
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Sept. 3, 2013

"Bold, elliptical, fashionably inconclusive and very French."
Djian (Unforgivable, 2010, etc.) provides further insights into what randy French academics are up to when they're not deconstructing everything. Read full book review >

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ESSAYS & ANTHOLOGIES
Released: May 15, 1999

"Well intentioned, but remarkably tedious for such a short book."
Another attempt to jump on the bandwagon of the so-called simplicity movement, this time with a Gallic twist. Read full book review >

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TOUSSAINT LOUVERTURE by Philippe Girard
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Nov. 22, 2016

"A groundbreaking biography that underscores the difficulties of leading slaves to freedom and avoiding violent extremes."
A biography of the man who challenged the power of the leading empires of his day and led the only successful slave revolt in human history. Read full book review >

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THE ROSY FUTURE OF WAR by Philippe Delmas
NON-FICTION
Released: May 1, 1997

"A stimulating, if at times frightening, outlook on the possibility that war may become widespread, and a rational strategy for its prevention."
French military analyst Delmas argues for a new world order based not on encouraging the growth of democracy but on ensuring the stability of states. Read full book review >

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NON-FICTION
Released: Nov. 9, 1995

"Vigorous and often harrowing, this book is an eye-opener. (14 halftones, 1 map, not seen)"
An oddly moving study of lives brutalized by drug addiction, poverty, crime, and ineluctable violence. Read full book review >