Search Results: "Yann Martel"


BOOK REVIEW

BEATRICE AND VIRGIL by Yann Martel
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: April 1, 2010

"As Henry asks Henry, 'Symbolic of what?'"
Whimsy takes a deadly serious turn in a novel that will enchant some readers and exasperate others. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

LIFE OF PI by Yann Martel
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: June 1, 2001

"The story of his later life, education, and mission rounds out, but does not improve upon, the alternately suspenseful and whimsical account of Pi's ordeal at sea—which offers the best reason for reading this otherwise preachy and somewhat redundant story of his Life."
A fable about the consolatory and strengthening powers of religion flounders about somewhere inside this unconventional coming-of-age tale, which was shortlisted for Canada's Governor General's Award. Read full book review >

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THE HIGH MOUNTAINS OF PORTUGAL by Yann Martel
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Feb. 2, 2016

"Provocative ideas straitjacketed in an overdetermined plot."
Three grieving men's odysseys fitfully interconnect in this latest meditation on loss, faith, and belonging from Martel (Beatrice and Virgil, 2010, etc.).Read full book review >

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THE FACTS BEHIND THE HELSINKI ROCCAMATIOS by Yann Martel
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Dec. 1, 2004

"Overall, a disappointment. 'The Facts,' though, represents the best reason we've been given yet to keep reading Martel."
This mixed-bag of three stories and a novella first appeared in 1993, nine years before its Canadian author's Booker Prize winner, Life of Pi. Read full book review >

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BILLY STROBE by John Martel
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: Sept. 1, 2001

"Not content to let a potentially fascinating character tell his story, Martel refuses to leave well enough alone and ends up with about one-third of a good legal thriller."
An overloaded legal thriller about a white collar criminal-turned-neophyte lawyer who tries to clear his dead father's name, get his best friend out of jail, and survive as a first-year lawyer. Read full book review >

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CONFLICTS OF INTEREST by John Martel
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: Aug. 1, 1995

"Occasionally tense, but bombast and lawyerly histrionics can't compensate for the lack of a believable plot."
A convoluted and overlong second legal thriller from big-time, San Francisco-based trial lawyer Martel (Partners, 1988). Read full book review >

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THE ALTERNATE by John Martel
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: May 1, 1999

"Martel would've written a masterpiece if only the fascinating questions he raises about the corruption bred by the adversarial system of criminal justice made for equally fascinating melodrama. (Literary Guild/Mystery Guild selection; author tour)"
You've met the prosecutor from hell, the D.A. from hell, the judge, the client, the witness from hell. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

BENJAMIN IS AN UNUSUAL DUCKLING by Yann Walcker
CHILDREN'S
Released: April 4, 2017

"Sincere but unconvincing. (Picture book. 4-8)"
Benjamin's eccentric behavior and bark set him apart from other ducklings on the farm, though difference and diversity can be a positive asset in life. Read full book review >

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RAYMOND by Yann Le Bec
CHILDREN'S
Released: May 9, 2017

"What makes it all worthwhile? Getting 'your ears scratched in just the right place.' (Picture book. 5-8)"
A dog explores a career in journalism, then decides there are better things (for a dog) to do. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

AMERICANINE by Yann Kebbi
CHILDREN'S
Released: June 9, 2015

"As a study in European impressions of America, this fascinates; as a representation of New York, it's more than a little idiosyncratic. (Picture book. 5-8)"
A tourist's view of New York City, from close to the pavement. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

WHERE IS FLUFFY? by Yann Walcker
by Yann Walcker, adapted by Leslie Bullion, illustrated by Jannie Ho
CHILDREN'S
Released: April 14, 2015

"Pass on this weak offering. (Board book. 2-3)"
A predictable board-book mystery. Read full book review >