Search Results: "Pierre Bayard"


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HOW TO TALK ABOUT PLACES YOU'VE NEVER BEEN by Pierre Bayard
ESSAYS & ANTHOLOGIES
Released: Jan. 26, 2016

"A jumbled collection of random stories and half-baked ideas."
Using historical anecdotes and contrarian rhetoric, psychoanalyst Bayard (French Literature/Univ. of Paris 8; Sherlock Holmes Was Wrong: Reopening the Case of The Hound of the Baskervilles, 2008, etc.) argues that physical travel is unnecessary, and even inadvisable, when trying to understand faraway places.Read full book review >

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NON-FICTION
Released: June 7, 2000

"On the other hand, all but the most devoted theorists will catch a whiff, sooner or later, of a conference paper run amok."
Psychoanalyst Bayard takes a moment away from teaching French literature to reopen one of the most celebrated murder cases in fiction, with surprising results. Read full book review >

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THE DEUS MACHINE by Pierre Ouellette
SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY
Released: Jan. 1, 1994

"Fully-fleshed characters, nicely etched scenery, and a good, old-fashioned moral core—all balance the almost unbearably complex and scary cyberthrills."
Many, many microprocessors—packed together in Portland to serve the needs of a political conspiracy—start thinking independently, scaring the bejeezus out of the Pacific Northwest and bringing some order to the life of a deserted child. Read full book review >

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PICASSO by Pierre Daix
Released: Jan. 27, 1993

"Stick with John Richardson's better-written and far more reliable A Life of Picasso (1990). (Twenty-four pages of b&w photographs—not seen.)"
At the end of this once-over-lightly biography, French art- historian Daix quotes Picasso as saying, ``It isn't what the artist does which counts, it's what he is.'' Unfortunately, it's what Picasso was that Daix fails to illuminate in his unremittingly respectful depiction of a highly complex, highly controversial life. Read full book review >

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NON-FICTION
Released: Feb. 1, 2000

"Regrettably, although his analyses are long on insight and intelligence, Birnbaum is a dry writer, and much of this important volume, despite its many resonances for America's own multicultural debates, is a hard slog."
While France enters the next millennium as an embattled multicultural society, like much of the rest of the West, Birnbaum (Political Science/the Sorbonne; Anti-Semitism in France, not reviewed) ponders the nation's Jews as a weathervane for social change. Read full book review >

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LIGHTS OUT IN WONDERLAND by DBC Pierre
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Aug. 1, 2011

"Considerably more mature than its predecessors, and just as scathingly brilliant with words, but this author is definitely an acquired taste."
Man Booker winner Pierre (Ludmila's Broken English, 2006, etc.) continues on his polarizing way with another extreme adventure, this one undertaken by a narrator who plans to kill himself. Read full book review >

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ON TELEVISION by Pierre Bourdieu
NON-FICTION
Released: April 1, 1998

"Bourdieu's work is thus of interest only to the serious scholar of sociology or postmodern cultural criticism, not to the reader looking for a broad, lucid study of the problems of television."
A Frenchman's overly academic look at television that will likely leave most American readers cold. Read full book review >

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THE PALE BLUE EYE by Louis Bayard
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: June 1, 2006

"At novel's end, the reader may want to start again from the beginning."
Bayard's second offering is another literary tour de force, this time featuring the young Edgar Allan Poe as a detective's assistant. Read full book review >

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ROOSEVELT'S BEAST by Louis Bayard
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: March 18, 2014

"A suspense-filled re-imagining of history deepened by a confrontation with evil's supernatural presence."
Bayard (The School of Night, 2011, etc.) draws dark fiction from the real-life Roosevelt-Rondon 1914 exploration of Brazil's Rio da Dúvida. Read full book review >

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THE BLACK TOWER by Louis Bayard
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Aug. 26, 2008

"Who says they don't write 'em like this anymore? Long may Bayard reign."
Having previously channeled Dickens and Poe, historical novelist Bayard (The Pale Blue Eye, 2006, etc.) throws down the gauntlet to Dumas in another high-energy melodrama. Read full book review >

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LUCKY STRIKES by Louis Bayard
CHILDREN'S
Released: July 5, 2016

"A grand adventure. (Historical fiction. 10-14)"
"Mama died hard. You should know that." Read full book review >

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THE SCHOOL OF NIGHT by Louis Bayard
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: March 1, 2011

"Bayard (The Black Tower, 2008, etc.) blends luminaries of history, lost treasure, intrigue and a double-twist conclusion into a highly readable concoction."
Bayard's novel isn't the first to combine historical characters and long-secret shenanigans, but instead of suggesting Jesus married Mary Magdalene, it puts Shakespeare into a gay love affair. Read full book review >