Search Results: "V.S. Ramachandran"


BOOK REVIEW

NON-FICTION
Released: Jan. 11, 2011

"Despite some minor flaws, Ramachandran produces an exhilarating and at times funny text that invites discussion and experimentation."
Ramachandran (Psychology and Neurosciences/Univ. of California, San Diego; A Brief Tour of Human Consciousness, 2005, etc.) sets his sights on explaining the neuroscience that underlies characteristics he considers unique to humans beings. Read full book review >

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NON-FICTION
Released: Sept. 2, 1998

"Ramachandran, who likens himself to a sleuth and has boundless curiosity, leads readers on a riveting trail of detection. (Author tour)"
Insights and intriguing speculations from a neurologist whose patients provide him with unusual opportunities to explore the brain. Read full book review >

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AMONG THE BELIEVERS by V.S. Naipaul
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Oct. 19, 1981

"But whether or not one accepts Naipaul's final judgment in its entirety (the leftist Behzads will multiply, he foresees), the journey proceeds on many challenging, absorbing levels."
Naipaul traveled from Iran to Pakistan, Malaysia, Indonesia, and back in 1979-80, seeking the meaning of "Islamization"—an exceptional writer/observer/commentator intersecting with an epic anti-intellectual, anti-modernist upheaval. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

NON-FICTION
Released: Oct. 19, 2010

"A work more narrative than reflective, but Naipaul's prose remains smooth, subtle, often silvery."
In this minor but engaging work, the Nobel Prize winner (Magic Seeds, 2004, etc.) examines the supernatural and religious beliefs he discovered in six African nations. Read full book review >

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LASTING IMPRESSIONS: Essays 1961-1987 by V.S. Pritchett
Released: Nov. 30, 1990

In his 90th year, the short-story writer, biographer, and critic produces another collection of elegant essays. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

NON-FICTION
Released: June 1, 1998

"A measured view of Islamic countries from the point of view of ordinary people rather than propagandists or detractors."
The famous novelist follows up on a travel narrative he published in 1981, Among the Believers, that examined the practice and revolutionary tendencies of Islam in Pakistan, Malaysia, Indonesia, and Iran. Read full book review >

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HALF A LIFE by V.S. Naipaul
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Oct. 24, 2001

"Hermetic, self-absorbed, and not at all above peevishness—and consistently fascinating by virtue of its potent rhetorical and logical starkness. The work of a master who has rarely, if ever, written better."
Naipaul's first novel in six years is another installment in the extended fictional autobiography begun with The Enigma of Arrival (1993) and A Way in the World (1994). Read full book review >

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THE MIMIC MEN by V.S. Naipaul
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Sept. 1, 1967

"A subtle, rather alien study of an emerging character and society in which the interest is demarcated by its subject, by an author who has received consistent critical consideration (A House for Mr. Biswas, etc.)."
Naipaul's style is as distinctive as a fingerprint. Read full book review >

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MR. STONE AND THE KNIGHTS COMPANION by V.S. Naipaul
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: June 15, 1963

"Effective and a little over-poignant, but Mr. Stone is not alone."
Mr. Stone, at 62, is a Prufrockian bachelor waning away in the even tenor of his days. Read full book review >

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AT HOME AND ABROAD by V.S. Pritchett
Released: May 25, 1989

Here, Pritchett is sightseer, cultural psychoanalyst, and social critic in 14 travel essays that explore people and places on three continents. Read full book review >

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Released: Jan. 1, 1990

A nightmare of crowds, fumes, and restless anger arises from the pages of this disturbing work—dour and long-winded perhaps, but ultimately eye-opening and perceptive. Read full book review >

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A FLAG ON THE ISLAND by V.S. Naipaul
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: March 11, 1968

"While complete, the novella remains essentially the basis for a more extended work, the book a supplementary expression of Mr. Naipaul's distinctive outlook."
A clutch of short stories and one longer (circa ninety pages) novella from the author of A House for Mr. Biswas and, most recently, The Mimic Men. Mr. Naipaul's settings: Trinidad and London, his characters, a melange of individuals, encompassing Cockneys, Caribbean natives, Hindus gone Christian. Read full book review >