Her faith and her duty to the cause of girls' education is unquestionable, her adoration for her father – her role model and comrade in arms – is moving and her pain at the violence carried out in the name of Islam palpable.
Seuss explores the same philosophical message in his own inimitably wise and witty style.
Much more is revealed as this brilliant fiction works thrilling variations on, and consolations for, its plangent message: that “in the end, everyone loses everyone.” Yes, but look what Foer has found.
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.
"Hothouse" is bound to be irresistible to anyone working in publishing and enticing to readers intrigued by how literature is cultivated — or was, in the days when the bottom line wasn't the dominant force that it's increasingly become...it's a delectable story about the intersection of art, commerce, passion and personalities.
All of Ma's skill and playfulness are on display as the novel builds to a climax in which Meili is forced to question her very right to exist in this fragile, ever-changing new world.
We really do need to be informed, and this is the place to start.
...Solnit subtly touches on subject ranging from Guevara’s contact with leprosy patients as he traveled around Latin America in the 1950s to the reach of Buddhism to Icelandic history, to her own health crisis—and all in her enormously fluid style.
His prose style may not be the most beautiful but the story he tells convinces, vividly evoking that brave new world for which life, as Gorbachev foresaw, had other plans.
Be warned. In the early part of this book, Parks vents his commuting grievances with all the ferocity and paranoia of any "disgusted of Tunbridge Wells", albeit with better style and more black humour.
The Amateur is a quick read with quite a bit of useful information about the man with his finger on the nuclear triggers.
...a shattering parable of honest individuals caught up in the corruption of our times.
...the primary narrative, told in powerful prose, never fails to grip.
The authors’ tone is less alarmist than, say, David Stockman’s, but there’s not much room for good news here, either.
What stays with you aren’t the wonders of ancient Crete, however, but the genuinely heroic character and tragically abbreviated life of an unsung classicist who spent all but the last year of her career as a lowly assistant professor in Brooklyn.
Here is an open circuit on ideas, which range from religion, to racial questions, to the atom bomb, rocket travel (of course), literature, escape to the past, dreams...
...through its well-realized heroine's evolving consciousness, "Maya's Notebook" exerts a raw and genuine power.
Since Stockman convinced us the problems are nearly insoluble, a more balanced presentation would make this a more functional document.
A pleasantly meditative, intuitive writing guide—though some aspiring writers may find too few nuts and bolts.