Search Results: "Tariq Ali"


BOOK REVIEW

THE STONE WOMAN by Tariq Ali
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Aug. 31, 2000

"A great work in progress."
The third volume of Pakistani-born novelist (and filmmaker) Ali's ongoing Islamic Quartet (following Shadows of the Pomegranate Tree, not reviewed, and The Book of Saladin, 1998) explores through its several major characters' interconnected reminiscences the ordeal of a Muslim family in Istanbul, in 1899, as Christian and Jewish adversaries are ensuring the collapse of the Ottoman Empire. Read full book review >

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REDEMPTION by Tariq Ali
Released: Dec. 15, 1991

"Good fun for political groupies."
A satirical and surrealistic novel from Britain about the end of history, by a noted former Sixties activist and associate of Danny the Red, that promises a radical if tongue-in-cheek solution for disillusioned revolutionaries. Read full book review >

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FEAR OF MIRRORS by Tariq Ali
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: Nov. 16, 1998

"Here's the answer."
Historian and novelist Ali (Redemption, 1991, etc.) charts the lives of a family of activists from the days of the Russian Revolution to the post-Wall malaise of our times. Read full book review >

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ALI by Barry Denenberg
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 23, 2014

"Ali makes a near-perfect subject for this eye-catching example of creative nonfiction. (timeline, bibliography) (Biography. 10-14)"
The story of sports icon Muhammad Ali is told through created documents that explore his controversial life and its impact. Read full book review >

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NON-FICTION
Released: Sept. 1, 2008

"Intense, closely observed commentary on perilous developments in an unstable nation."
Harshly critical of the American-backed Pakistani military and deeply concerned with the plight of his native country's people, London-based filmmaker and novelist Ali (Dictatorship of Capital: Politics and Culture in the 21st Century, 2008, etc.) warns of an imminent "conflagration of despair." Read full book review >

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THE BOOK OF SALADIN by Tariq Ali
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Nov. 1, 1998

"Episodic but red-blooded and even thoughtful, as if urged on by Leonard Bernstein conducting Carl Orph's Carmina Burana."
Ali (Fear of Mirrors, p. 1302), a historian, academic, satirist, filmmaker, screenwriter, playwright, and—yes—novelist, here continues the tale, begun with Shadows of the Pomegranate Tree (1993, not reviewed), of Islam's confrontation with Christianity. Read full book review >

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MUHAMMAD ALI by Ferdie Pacheco
NON-FICTION
Released: June 1, 1992

"The engaging and slickly written text features photographs throughout, including many from Pacheco's personal collection."
A no-punches-pulled memoir of life as Muhammad Ali's personal physician during the former champ's ring career. Read full book review >

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MUHAMMAD ALI by Thomas Conklin
BIOGRAPHY
Released: Feb. 15, 1992

"B&w photos not seen. (Biography. 11-14)"
A new biography of the foremost boxer of our time emphasizes Ali's stubborn unwillingness to fit the low-profile ``Credit to His Race'' mold of his predecessors: his loud (and eminently quotable) self-promotion; his conversion to the Nation of Islam; and, especially, his refusal to be drafted, which cost him years of court battles, much of his career, and (temporarily) his title and boxing credentials. Read full book review >

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APPROACHING ALI by Davis Miller
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Nov. 23, 2015

"Hagiographic pieces that never quite coalesce into a book that matches the author's ambitions."
A journalist's obsession with his subject is renewed. Read full book review >

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MUHAMMAD ALI by Walter Dean Myers
BIOGRAPHY
Released: Jan. 1, 2010

"Despite its arresting visuals, it does not replace other such treatments as Jim Haskins's Champion, illustrated by Eric Velasquez (2002), or Tonya Bolden's The Champ, illustrated by R. Gregory Christie (2004). (Picture book/biography. 5-8)"
Muhammad Ali's life story is interwoven with significant historical events of the latter half of the 20th century—the American civil-rights movement, the war in Vietnam and the growth of the Nation of Islam—and Myers shows how he used his star status to make the case for the rights of African-Americans, conscientious objection and religious freedom as well as boosting his own athleticism. Read full book review >

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MUHAMMAD ALI by Jonah Winter
BIOGRAPHY
Released: Jan. 8, 2008

"As hagiography goes, it doesn't come any more unabashed than this—or more effective. (Picture book/biography. 4-10)"
Biblical syntax and cadences lift The Greatest from sports legend to prophet in this remarkable homage. Read full book review >

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CLEVER ALI by Nancy Farmer
ANIMALS
Released: Oct. 1, 2006

"Though the text is lengthy for this format, it is replete with silly sound effects for a fun one-on-one read-aloud. (Picture book. 4-6)"
Ali has turned seven years old, and has taken the first step on the road to manhood: He's learning to be a royal pigeon-keeper like his father. Read full book review >