Search Results: "Robert Stone"


BOOK REVIEW

NON-FICTION
Released: Dec. 1, 1995

"Riordan's biography has few such saving graces. (16 pages b&w photos, not seen)"
Despite its title, the aging enfant terrible of America takes few hits from the friendly fire of this overly authorized biography. Read full book review >

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THE BEST AMERICAN SHORT STORIES 1992 by Robert Stone
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Nov. 12, 1992

"A better-than-usual collection."
Stone, in an agreeably short, scholarly, assured preface, makes note that nine of the twenty choices here come from The New Yorker because "while The New Yorker is still able to attract first-rate submissions, the days are past when there was such a thing as a 'New Yorker story.'" He also notes that his choices "reflect what is probably the most significant development in late-twentieth-century American fiction, the renewal and revitalization of the realist mode....As of 1992, American writers seem ready to accept traditional forms without self-consciousness in dealing with the complexity of the world around them." Read full book review >

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CHILDREN OF LIGHT by Robert Stone
Released: March 28, 1986

"The central duo—Walker and Lee Verger—are a touch overblown—Lucia-like operatics, semi-innocents in the maelstrom—but the book always knows who its own 'Long Friends' are: the ghouls on the set."
A no less bitterly puckered but a more firmly focused book than A Flag for Sunrise, the jaundiced eye here is upon Hollywood and movie-making, an atmosphere utterly (as is always the case with Stone, who is the great drug-plague chronicler of our literature) brain-blown and demoralized by cocaine. Read full book review >

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HALL OF MIRRORS by Robert Stone
Released: Jan. 30, 1966

"It's not the material best or even steady sellers are made of, but the author is worth watching."
A scabrous underside of the American Way of Life is examined here...and left undiagnosed. Read full book review >

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BAY OF SOULS by Robert Stone
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: April 22, 2003

"A small masterpiece, possessed of a relentless lucidity that recalls Conrad and Graham Greene at their peaks. Stone's best yet."
Faulknerian intensity and a narrative economy reminiscent of Hemingway distinguish Stone's bloodcurdling seventh outing (Damascus Gate, 1998, etc.), a tale that charts a midwestern college professor's compulsive path toward self-destruction. Read full book review >

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FUN WITH PROBLEMS by Robert Stone
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Jan. 11, 2010

"Vintage Stone. Enough said."
Alienated, angry outsiders stalk the dangerous edges of their unraveling lives in the great American novelist's collection of grim short fiction. Read full book review >

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DEATH OF THE BLACK-HAIRED GIRL by Robert Stone
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Nov. 12, 2013

"An unusual but poised mix of noir and town-and-gown novel, bolstered by Stone's well-honed observational skills."
The death of a star student at an upper-crust university unsettles friends, faculty and family in a piercing novel from veteran novelist Stone (Fun With Problems, 2010, etc.). Read full book review >

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OUTERBRIDGE REACH by Robert Stone
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: March 1, 1992

"Ashen yet rich, prophetically unswerving but clement: a novel of true American literary significance."
Stone's best book since Dog Soldiers, and arguably even better. Read full book review >

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DOG SOLDIERS by Robert Stone
Released: Nov. 4, 1974

"A slippery climax, but unerring dialogue and characterization."
As charged and impacted as the award-winning A Hall of Mirrors (1967), Dog Soldiers is the best dope novel in recent memory, filled with its spirituality from addicts of every chemical persuasion. Read full book review >

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ROBERT KENNEDY by Evan Thomas
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Sept. 13, 2000

"A compelling re-telling of one of the saddest and most intriguing life stories in American politics."
Newsweek assistant managing editor Thomas (The Very Best Men, 1995, etc.) enlivens his engrossing RFK biography with fresh interviews and the use of previously restricted sources. Read full book review >

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ROBERT FROST by Jay Parini
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: April 1, 1999

"Parini's life magnificently details how Frost, through fortitude and lifelong dedication to craft, sought to heed his own advice to be whole again beyond confusion. (16 pages b&w photos, not seen) (Author tour)"
Parini, a poet (House of Days, 1998), biographer (John Steinbeck, 1995), and novelist (Benjamin's Crossing, 1998), delivers a sensitive life of Frost that highlights the poet's struggle to find light and stability in an existence filled with darkness and chaos. Read full book review >

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Released: Oct. 1, 1995

"At a time when the biographical form is inspiring much-needed experimentation, Seymour's straightforward approach seems old- fashioned, although sturdy. (16 pages b&w photos, not seen)"
A competent but unimaginative life of the bardic English classicist, novelist, and poet. ``I could fall in love with my big toe if I wanted to,'' declared the contradictory Graves (18951985), notorious puritan and inveterate womanizer who held court for years at his home on the Spanish island of Majorca and is best known for his meditations on woman as muse in The White Goddess (1948), et al. Read full book review >