Search Results: "Pierre Mérot"


BOOK REVIEW

MAMMALS by Pierre Mérot
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: May 10, 2006

"Tiresome at times, but with enough laughs to make it worthwhile."
Mérot's first book to be translated into English is the wild tale of a Parisian anti-hero called the Uncle. Read full book review >

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EPISODES by Pierre Delattre
Released: July 19, 1993

"Pleasurable but familiar fare that might move younger readers more than older."
Autobiography of a dharma bum, told in one-page vignettes and essays, each focusing on an epiphany of some sort. Read full book review >

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LUDMILA’S BROKEN ENGLISH by DBC Pierre
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: May 8, 2006

"Some of the material might have generated laughs as a five-minute Saturday Night Life 'wild and crazy guys' sketch, but it quickly wears thin as a novel."
Stylistic bravura can't sustain interest in this overextended narrative with an underdeveloped plot. Read full book review >

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BELUGA by Pierre Béland
NON-FICTION
Released: April 1, 1996

"Even Raffi couldn't lighten this tale of woe. (8 pages color photos, not seen) (Author tour)"

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THE MESSENGERS OF DEATH by Pierre Magnan
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: Oct. 7, 2008

"A pleasantly old-fashioned mystery thriller with quirky charm aplenty. Magnan (Death in the Truffle Wood, 2007, etc.) fashions an intricate landscape of life in a French village while weaving menace and suspense into his tapestry."
Secrets and lies lead to shockingly violent murder in a small French town. 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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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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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 >

BOOK REVIEW

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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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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CHRONICLE OF THE GUAYAKI INDIANS by Pierre Clastres
NON-FICTION
Released: April 2, 1998

"The account is anything but dry and didactic; Clastres wrote a vibrant but inescapably poignant study about one more doomed tribe of indigenous people. (photos, not seen)"
In an account that is both living history and historical document, a now-vanished tribe of Paraguayan Indians is described as it lives out its last few years of existence. Read full book review >

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VERNON GOD LITTLE by DBC Pierre
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Oct. 1, 2003

"Humor and mass murder make for strange bedfellows, and first-timer Pierre fails to find the tone that might harmonize them."
A schoolyard massacre, a teenager on the lam, gross-out humor, and jabs at the media. Read full book review >