While it is not the literary masterpiece it might have been had Leigh Fermor been able to work his magic, it captures the joy of the open road, the fresh view he gives of Europe as it began to show the stresses that led to world war, and the glimpses of a long-lost life and innocence.
The opening chapter, on Hebel, is the most forceful, a piece of historical criticism conducted entirely from the armchair (not a seagull in sight).
I enjoyed the book but not as much as The Bat. The violence quotient was higher in this book and I found the ending unnecessarily twisted. Harry is coping with his private demons but not addressing them whether he is drunk or sober.
...Powers’ Orfeo is one fantastically fun read...it’s a thriller with a wanted man on the run, peppered with social and political critique, intrigue, near misses, and a hero to root for.
These depictions of Roger Ailes as something other than a frothing, ratings-mad showman-provocateur may be cases of damning with faint praise. But it’s about as a fair and balanced an account as one could hope to read about someone who has so weightily tipped the scales of American political life to the right.
Along the way, concepts such as hedonistic sustainability...and the ideal depth of a front yard...are explained with Gladwellian facility...Mercifully, the text isn’t overballasted with such pop science clichés.
This is, quite simply, a must-read book. It is characteristically brutal, tragic, darkly humorous, and riveting.
Stone's vivid profiles and lucid analyses of business dynamics make for an entertaining, insightful, behind-the-scenes account of the e-commerce revolution.
The way the book progresses is so powerful, it tends to hold on even after you've closed that perfect last page. Every child in the world must read this, or must have Malala's story read to them.
Fans of Parks and Recreation and Offerman’s brand of deadpan humor are sure to gorge themselves on the healthy portion he provides.
Rich in poetry, charged with intensity, Consolations is magnificent, pretentious, thoroughly French, a hermit’s vodka-tossed paean to retreat and solitude.
Seuss explores the same philosophical message in his own inimitably wise and witty style.
At 398 pages, The Longest Ride is a hefty tome, but in the hands of this master storyteller it has a lightness of touch. Is it sentimental? Absolutely. Is it predictable? Without a doubt. Are you too cool to read it or see the movie? Of course you are, but you probably will anyway. And when you do, don't forget to bring the Kleenex.
In her new book, “Reign of Error,” she arrows in more directly, and polemically, on the privatization movement, which she calls a “hoax” and a “danger” that has fed on the myth that schools are failing.
Thank heaven that Ward did not yield to the terrible temptation she describes to draw a razor across her wrist in despair after her brother’s death, but rather sat down and told this awful, necessary story.
has brought me to my literary knees with the beauty of its writing style. The plot is heartwarming and meaningful in and of itself, but the way Foer portrays his characters and story is what really makes the book a must-read.
This book has more bells and whistles than the first, but enough to justify a $24.95 price tag is questionable.
A compelling, instructive account regarding education in America, where the arguments have become “so nasty, provincial, and redundant that they no longer lead anywhere worth going."
...The Infatuations, which is the ideal introduction to his work. Translated by Margaret Jull Costa, The Infatuations is mysterious and seductive; it's got deception, it's got love affairs, it's got murder — the book is the most sheerly addictive thing Marías has ever written. It hooks you from its very first lines.
Yet, despicable as he was in many ways, there was also something impressive about the man — a quality he shared with many of the crude but instinctively canny early Hollywood moguls who couldn’t write, act or direct but whose ability to recognize and channel others’ talents resulted in film masterpieces.