Search Results: "Philippe Claudel"


BOOK REVIEW

BRODECK by Philippe Claudel
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: June 23, 2009

"Consistently involving but ultimately unsatisfying."
Man's distrust of strangers, and the primal violence it may engender, is the theme of this fable from French novelist Claudel (By a Slow River, 2006, etc.), which won the Prix Goncourt des Lycéens in 2007. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

THE INVESTIGATION by Philippe Claudel
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: July 10, 2012

"A technocratic Kafka nightmare—heavy on surreal diagnosis of the world's ills, light on the traditional rewards of storytelling—crossed with Alice's Adventures in Wonderland and a hint of Buster Keaton."
A spare, dystopian fable that examines how closely contemporary life has caught up to Kafka since the publication of The Castle.Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

BY A SLOW RIVER by Philippe Claudel
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: June 15, 2006

"A bloodless, nihilistic, open-ended whodunit."
Untimely death and existential angst in a small French village. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

CAMILLE CLAUDEL by Alma H. Bond
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Dec. 27, 2005

"Overall, though, a provocative rendering of female genius wrestling for recognition in the male-dominated art world."
In a fictionalized treatment, the French sculptor looks back on her sometimes ecstatic, but mostly tortured life. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

CAMILLE CLAUDEL by Anne Delbée
Released: Oct. 19, 1992

"A sorry tale of a wasted talent and life that deserves something better than this melodramatic, impressionistic account— an account long on effects and short on insight. (Includes 16 pp. of original photographs of Claudel's work and life.)"
From French author and producer DelbÇe, a fictionalized biography of current French feminist martyr Claudel, whose ill- starred life has also been the subject of a 1989 movie (Camille Claudel), as well as a play by DelbÇe. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

PHILIPPE THE BLACK SHEEP by Jean Dupont
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 12, 2016

"A feast of food, heart's desire, and rising to the occasion with brio and dash. (Picture book. 4-8)"
A salt marsh lamb living in the shadow of Mont Saint-Michel rebels against his destiny. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

NON-FICTION
Released: Oct. 1, 1997

"It seems that she wrote the book for no other reason than that the subject fascinated her—and what better reason could a reader ask for in an author?"
A tantalizing glimpse of a lost world. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

KNOCK! KNOCK! KNOCK! WHO'S THERE? by Philippe Goossens
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 1, 2013

"Pass. (Picture book. 4-6)"
In this guess-who's-knocking title, the clues are either too vague or too easy, the story is slight, and the illustrations are a tad pedestrian. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

BENJAMIN BEAR IN FUZZY THINKING by Philippe Coudray
ANIMALS
Released: Aug. 23, 2011

"A visually formatted joke book to inspire thinking as well as laughs. (Graphic early reader. 4-6)"
Benjamin Bear deals with life in his own straightforward way. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

BLUE by Philippe Dupasquier
CHILDREN'S
Released: May 1, 2005

"Here's a game worth playing—for everyone, not just budding visual artists. (Picture book. 6-9)"
Dupasquier invites readers to battle boredom by taking a good look around. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

ANDY'S PIRATE SHIP by Philippe Dupasquier
ADVENTURE
Released: March 1, 1994

"An unusually well-crafted entry in a popular genre. (Picture book. 4-8)"
Here's a Waldo spinoff with extra dimensions. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

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 >