Search Results: "Philippe Claudel"


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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 >

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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 >

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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 >

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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 >

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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 >

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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 >

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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 >

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BENJAMIN BEAR IN BRIGHT IDEAS! by Philippe Coudray
CHILDREN'S
Released: March 26, 2013

"Emergent readers won't be the only audience delighted by these winning combinations of humor and thought-provoking twists. (Graphic early reader. 4-6)"
A companion to Benjamin Bear in Fuzzy Thinking (2011), 27 more wise and witty minimalist fables drawn (with added dialogue and other minor changes) from French cartoonist Coudray's original series. Read full book review >

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QUACK, QUACK! by Philippe Dupasquier
ANIMALS
Released: Feb. 15, 2002

"But his expressive, comical paintings and the gentleness of the narrative put spats between neighbors in context. (Picture book. 5-8)"
A pet duck throws previously neighborly neighbors into discord, provoking all manner of wild imaginings by the children involved. 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 >