Search Results: "Tim Parks"


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ITALIAN NEIGHBORS by Tim Parks
NON-FICTION
Released: July 1, 1992

"Much verve."
Parks, a lively English novelist (Goodness, 1991, etc.), plunges us into the passionate but genial world of his Italian neighbors on the Via Colombare in a village south of Verona. Read full book review >

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NON-FICTION
Released: July 1, 1995

"Small vignettes of life, fragments of society, aphorisms of a people and a culture that add up to a thoroughly enjoyable look underneath Italy's tourist facade."
A witty, cynical, and ultimately charming account by an English expatriate married to a native and trying to raise his children in Italy. Read full book review >

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ADULTERY AND OTHER DIVERSIONS by Tim Parks
ESSAYS & ANTHOLOGIES
Released: April 1, 1999

"A largely agreeable diversion."
Mixing meditation and the mundane, this collection of 13 essays (several of which appeared in the New Yorker) looks for philosophical inspiration in the quotidian, but sometimes finds only banality. Read full book review >

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BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: May 1, 2005

"A bright literary exercise, the third in the new series Enterprise ('the business book as literature'). (14 illus., not seen)"
The prolific Parks (Judge Savage, 2003, etc.), a Britisher now at home in Italy, offers a Renaissance splendor that is often scanted in the artistic glory of the era. Read full book review >

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EUROPA by Tim Parks
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Oct. 1, 1998

"The obsessiveness of the male mind has rarely been so well rendered since a certain Bloom gave himself over to thoughts of Molly."
A savage, funny story that made last year's Booker Prize shortlist, and the ninth novel for the hugely talented Parks (Shear, 1994, etc.), long a teacher of English in Italy. Read full book review >

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A LITERARY TOUR OF ITALY by Tim Parks
ESSAYS & ANTHOLOGIES
Released: Nov. 29, 2016

"The author's deep familiarity with Italian culture informs these intelligent, perceptive essays."
A prolific novelist, memoirist, literary critic, and translator investigates "Italy's collective imagination." Read full book review >

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SEX IS FORBIDDEN by Tim Parks
Released: Oct. 1, 2013

"Assured. Accomplished. Memorable."
Beth Marriot, a troubled youth, struggles mightily to find a reasonable facsimile of equanimity on a Buddhist retreat. Read full book review >

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Released: Feb. 1, 2001

"Food for thought and argument, invitations to widen the scope of one's own reading. A fine addition to Parks's rapidly growing oeuvre."
A lively collection of 19 generally stimulating book reviews and literary pieces, most of which appeared in the New York Review of Books, by the prolific British novelist (Destiny, 2000, etc.), memoirist (An Italian Education, 1995, etc.), and essayist (Adultery and Other Diversions, 1999, etc.) Read full book review >

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DESTINY by Tim Parks
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: April 1, 2000

"The male stream of consciousness is rendered no less skillfully and intricately here than in Parks's previous novel, but some essential spark goes out in the shift from comic to tragic."
Inside the head of yet another overheated, middle-aged Englishman in Italy (as in Europa, 1998): in his tenth novel the effortlessly inventive Parks ratchets up the tragedy and tones down the laughs for a portrait of a man plunged into despair by a schizophrenic son's suicide. Read full book review >

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SHEAR by Tim Parks
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: July 1, 1994

"Flawed but provocative work from an always interesting writer."
More sunlit suspense with a difference from the British author of Juggling the Stars (1993). Read full book review >

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The Scheme of Things by Tim Parks
FICTION & LITERATURE

"An action-packed, if sometimes over-the-top, story about a young gay man's desire to join a community that accepts him."
A debut coming-of-age novel about the lengths to which people will go in order to discover their true selves. Read full book review >

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MIMI’S GHOST by Tim Parks
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: Feb. 1, 2001

"Wittily conceived and disgracefully enjoyable: as deftly plotted as any of Evelyn Waugh's acidic farces, to which this cheerfully blackhearted tale is a worthy counterpart."
Parks's highly entertaining tenth novel (published in England in 1995), a sequel to his Juggling the Stars (1993), continues the outrageous misadventures of Englishman-in-Italy Morris Duckworth, an antihero who bears more than a passing resemblance to Patricia Highsmith's "Talented Mr. Ripley." Read full book review >