Search Results: "Yi Munyol"


BOOK REVIEW

OUR TWISTED HERO by Yi Munyol
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Feb. 1, 2001

"A potent little morality tale, beautifully constructed and shimmering with richly suggestive ironies."
Similarities to Italian neo-realist fiction, as well as to William Golding's Lord of the Flies, abound in this taut, engrossing 1987 South Korean novel. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

SWORD MOUNTAIN by Nancy Yi Fan
CHILDREN'S
Released: July 3, 2012

"Readers new to the series may experience some initial disorientation; fans of these tales will welcome this further installment. (map, dramatis personae) (Fantasy. 9-12)"
Set directly after the defeat of the archaeopteryxes, this third in Fan's bird fantasy series follows the golden-eagle princes, Fleydur and Forlath, to their home in the mountains. Unbeknownst to them, the villainous Kawaka (introduced in a prologue) also journeys there—but not with good intentions. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

SWORDBIRD by Nancy Yi Fan
CHILDREN'S
Released: Feb. 1, 2007

"It will appeal to fans of the Mistmantle Chronicles and other animal fantasies—then lead them onward to Redwall Abbey. (Fantasy. 9-12)"
Turnatt, a corrupt hawk, sets out to take over the Stone Run Forest and all its feathered denizens by drafting crows and ravens to do his dirty work and by using those recruits to enslave and divide the forest's bird communities. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

THE JOURNEY OF MENG by Doreen Rappaport
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 1, 1991

"A fine contribution. (Folklore/Picture book. 5-10)"
The cruelties attending the building of the Great Wall are dramatized in a powerful story. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

THE SHELL WOMAN AND THE KING by Laurence Yep
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 1, 1993

"An unusual touch is the subtle, gray damask patterning providing a textured background for the type. (Folklore/Picture book. 5-9)"
A beautiful woman with the power to transform herself into a seashell outwits the evil king who commands her to abandon her husband and marry him instead. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

ALICE-MIRANDA AT SCHOOL by Jacqueline  Harvey
CHILDREN'S
Released: April 12, 2011

"This new series, with its sprightly, resilient heroine, who is sweet without being cloying, offers readers a lively blend of humor and intrigue. (Mystery. 7-11)"
The secretive headmistress of a boarding school and a bully intent on mischief galore are no match for the intrepid Alice-Miranda. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

COSMOS AND HEARTH by Yi-Fu Tuan
NON-FICTION
Released: March 15, 1996

"So what's wrong with a little unreconstructed raw throbbing?"
Can humans meld the desire for a cozy, immediate surrounding with the broadening aspects of cosmopolitanism? Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

NON-FICTION
Released: April 1, 1993

"Tuan is a connoisseur of the arcane tidbit, but synthesis is not his forte."
Tuan (Geography/University of Wisconsin at Madison) attempts to elevate the idea of the aesthetic to what he considers its proper place in the social context, in particular to its place as the impetus behind the formation and sustaining of cultural systems. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

THE LONG-HAIRED GIRL by Doreen Rappaport
CHILDREN'S
Released: March 1, 1995

"Des Moines, 1993, etc.) evocatively retells this Chinese folktale, made doubly effective by exceptional tinted woodcuts, artwork that conjures a south Asian landscape with startling power. (Picture book. 4-8)"
A tale of courage given impact by the sheer drama that laces the story—the give and take, the frenzied activity, the cleverness. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

WHAT IS HIP-HOP? by Eric Morse
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 5, 2017

"A must-read reference for any hip-hop family. (Informational picture book. 5-adult)"
In this follow-up to What is Punk? (2015), the author-and-illustrator team takes on hip-hop, in consultation with hip-hop historian, cultural critic, and Brooklynite George. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

SON OF MAN by Yi Mun-yol
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Dec. 8, 2015

"Think of it as a Korean rejoinder to The Name of the Rose, with some Kazantzakis thrown in for good measure."
A deepening mystery with a religious edge—and a world away from the weak tea of Dan Brown. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

MEETING WITH MY BROTHER by Yi Mun-yol
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: April 4, 2017

"Yi's novella complicates our understanding of relations between North and South, warring places so different that reconciliation—to say nothing of reunification—seems impossible."
A modest but quietly controversial look at two very different Koreas, questioning long-held orthodoxies. Read full book review >