Search Results: "Tan Twan Eng"


BOOK REVIEW

Released: Sept. 4, 2012

"Grace and empathy infuse this melancholy landscape of complex loyalties enfolded by brutal history, creating a novel of peculiar, mysterious, tragic beauty."
The unexpected relationship between a war-scarred woman and an exiled gardener leads to a journey through remorse to a kind of peace. Read full book review >

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THE GIFT OF RAIN by Tan Twan Eng
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: May 1, 2008

"The author makes it clear that issues of treason and patriotism—and fate and free will—defy easy resolution."
Though this debut novel of divided loyalties in Southeast Asia during World War II has the epic sweep of a TV mini-series, portentous dialogue and belabored themes undermine its otherwise engrossing plot. Read full book review >

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AMY TAN by Barbara Kramer
BIOGRAPHY
Released: June 1, 1996

Kramer (Alice Walker, 1995) describes in a clear narrative Tan's complex personal history, her intricate Chinese-American family story, and above all, her tangled relationship with her mother as the wellsprings for her fiction. Read full book review >

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TAN TO TAMARIND by Malathi Michelle Iyengar
CHILDREN'S
Released: April 1, 2009

"Undoubtedly well-intentioned, this effort falls regrettably flat. (Picture book/poetry. 7-12)"
Helping ethnic children find the beauty in themselves is the goal of Iyengar's celebratory cycle, which venerates various hues of brown in each poem. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

CHANG AND ENG by Darin Strauss
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: June 5, 2000

"Admirably researched, continuously absorbing, and very moving indeed."
An imposingly original first novel that focuses on unique historical figures: the eponymous Siamese twin brothers (1811-74) who endured opprobrium and despair, became international celebrities, married two American sisters, and fathered 21 children between them. Read full book review >

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BLACK IS BROWN IS TAN by Arnold Adoff
CHILDREN'S
Released: April 1, 2002

"As the number of interracial families goes up but their representation in picture books remains vanishingly slight, this fresh rendition still makes a cogent statement. (Picture book/poetry. 4-7)"
The author and illustrator of this groundbreaking 1973 portrait of an interracial family (Adoff and his wife, the late Virginia Hamilton, were the models) reunite for this updated overhaul. Read full book review >

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THE LOST GLASS PLATES OF WILFRED ENG by Thomas Orton
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Oct. 1, 1999

"An unusual and beguiling debut performance."
An intricately plotted, very interesting first novel that intermittently echoes both Gaddis's The Recognitions and Fowles's The French Lieutenant's Woman while patiently tracing a disgraced artist's arduous path toward some sort of authenticity in his personal life. Read full book review >

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THE BLACK ISLE by Sandi Tan
Released: Aug. 7, 2012

"Cassandra is compelling, but despite graphic, sometimes gratuitous eroticism and violence, the ambitious novel eventually becomes a slog through too many ghosts."
Tan debuts with a cinematically epic ghost story set largely on a Malaysian island that bears a striking resemblance to her native Singapore. Read full book review >

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BLACK FEATHERS by Cecilia Tan
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: June 1, 1998

"To avoid narcosis, full hormonal participation is required."
A debut collection featuring 23 tales devoted to erotic fantasy. Read full book review >

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THE SINGING BONES by Shaun Tan
GRAPHIC NOVELS & COMIC BOOKS
Released: Oct. 11, 2016

"These inscrutable, unsettling sculptures demand that viewers connect art and tale, examining their own reactions to the darkest impulses and glimpses of light within the book—and themselves. (foreword, introduction, bibliography, afterword, annotated index) (Fairy tales. 12 & up)"
Tan's latest book is a portable gallery: each spread features an artfully illuminated sculptural scene facing a paragraph-length "explanation"—an excerpt from one of 75 Grimm fairy tales. Read full book review >

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RULES OF SUMMER by Shaun Tan
GRAPHIC NOVELS & COMIC BOOKS
Released: April 29, 2014

"Evocative, enthralling and with absolutely astounding artwork so good readers will wish that, like summer, it would last forever. (Picture book. 4 & up)"
One summer, two brothers live by mysteriously dire rules laid down by the older of the pair. Read full book review >

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THE BIRD KING by Shaun Tan
CHILDREN'S
Released: Feb. 1, 2013

"Rewarding territory to explore not just for budding artists or writers, but for daydreamers in general. (media and production notes) (Artist's sampler/showcase. 6 & up)"
From a master of visual mystery, a beguiling gathering of sketches, doodles, portraits and written thoughts about art and creativity. Read full book review >