Search Results: "V.S. Ramachandran"


BOOK REVIEW

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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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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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 >

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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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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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A WAY IN THE WORLD by V.S. Naipaul
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: May 25, 1994

"By individualizing the colonial and postcolonial experience, Naipaul reveals its human roots: the restless search for identity, for a sense of completion, that drove conquerors and conquered alike — that, as Naipaul tells us, drove him to become a writer."
This work of "fiction" from Naipaul (The Enigma of Arrival, 1993, etc.) is really a label-defying tapestry of elements, a fascinating, closely woven blend of history, character study, and autobiography. Read full book review >

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IN A FREE STATE by V.S. Naipaul
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Sept. 15, 1971

"The travel journal excerpts seem an irrelevant and slightly arbitrary 'frame' for stories lost in the never-neverland between allegory and reality, which don't quite explode with the momentous themes they always seem on the verge of revealing."
A book of three novellas of similar theme strung between two excerpts from the author's travel journal, whose failures are similar to those of its exiled characters — expatriates in countries where the language is never known quite well enough, where customs are followed rather than understood. 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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Released: March 26, 1980

"A strong presence, a powerful collection."
Naipaul on the prowl: three stinging pieces on the "unreal world of imitation"—in Trinidad, Argentina, and the Congo—and a capstone essay on Conrad. 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 >

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Forsaken Oath by V.S. Kemanis
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: April 30, 2016

"A clever, immersive installment in an ongoing series about a determined prosecutor."
Kemanis (Thursday's List, 2015, etc.) offers a new legal thriller centered on hardworking attorney Dana Hargrove. 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 >