Search Results: "W.A. Burgess"


BOOK REVIEW

COWARDS by W.A. Burgess
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: May 18, 1997

"There's little else to distinguish this sordid debut."
The latest example of that now-certified genre—the drug addict's purported memoir—Burgess's debut shares some of the raw energy of Trainspotting (novel and movie), but none of Irvine Welsh's verbal spunk. Read full book review >

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A PRAYER JOURNAL by Flannery O'Connor
NON-FICTION
Released: Nov. 12, 2013

"There's metaphysical mystery at the heart of this short journal, followed by a facsimile of her handwritten notebook, as well as the seeds of the spiritual life force that coursed through her fiction."
A devotional journal from the author's student days finds her grappling with issues of Christian spirituality that would soon inform her fiction. Read full book review >

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AN ANGEL FOR MAY by Melvin Burgess
CHILDREN'S
Released: June 1, 1995

"Thoroughly satisfying. (Fiction/fantasy. 10-14)"
A well-crafted time-travel novel. Read full book review >

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THE EARTH GIANT by Melvin Burgess
CHILDREN'S
Released: Oct. 13, 1997

"The giant, in her silent relationship with Amy, is a marvelous creation, and the story rockets to its exciting conclusion with a gleaming sense of otherworldliness. (Fiction. 8-12)"
A wonderfully cinematic adventure about a small girl and the giant she discovers under a tree, and the reuniting of that giant—only a child herself—with her parents. Read full book review >

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NOTHING LIKE THE SUN by Anthony Burgess
Released: Sept. 21, 1964

"The novel's no classic but the writing's grand."
Who was the Dark Lady of the Sonnets? Read full book review >

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MF by Anthony Burgess
Released: March 1, 1971

"Burgess does something comparable for his claque and other readers with Olympian patience."
The title initials stand first for the hero, Miles Faber, peculiarly orphaned and at twenty ripe for some rite of passage or other. Read full book review >

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Released: March 31, 1986

"Forgive him his obtuse remarks."
This collection of nearly 200 short reviews and literary pieces—probably necessarily uneven in quality given the publish-in-haste nature of his book reviewing—demonstrates Burgess' broad learning and also his habitual critical highhandedness. Read full book review >

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Released: March 21, 1983

"This book is very deep'), considerably less than meets the eye."
Here you have three fascinating stories bound together. Read full book review >

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LADY by Melvin Burgess
ANIMALS
Released: May 1, 2001

"It is that reader who must wonder and decide which side of the evolutionary fence to inhabit and therefore benefit from this intensely observed cautionary tale. (Fiction. YA)"
"A dog's days are short, but his moments are pure." Read full book review >

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DOING IT by Melvin Burgess
FAMILY AND GROWING UP
Released: June 1, 2004

"The point is that this, like sex, is all about good dirty fun. (Fiction. 12+)"
A trio of British teens fantasize, agonize, masturbate, grope, kiss, feel up, and shag their way through one seemingly endless school year in which traditional teen-novel concerns are entirely thrown over for sex. Read full book review >

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Released: Feb. 25, 1986

"A wise and witty autobiography, resplendidly entertaining and chock-full of the memorabilia of a typical life lived with atypical fervor: top-drawer Burgess."
In his Preface, Burgess claims that his two-volume autobiography (this being Volume I) will close his writing career. Read full book review >