...I devoured it whole upon arrival and then re-read my favourite scenes several times more after that.
This is the strength of Chbosky’s writing. He crafts Charlie’s voice in a way that defies context. Charlie is inside every lonely teenager and every adult remembers him fondly. The Perks of Being a Wallflower is a gift...
Woody Allen’s bon mot about bisexuality is that it doubled one’s chances for a date, but in this novel Irving explores in his usual discursive style some of the more serious and exhaustive consequences of Allen’s one-liner.
This book is rich in detail of both the essential normalcy and the difficulties of a young person with cerebral palsy.
After reading the book, I feel like I managed to pick up the main ideas that Oscar Wilde was trying to convey.
In his singularly perceptive voice, Lamb immerses his characters and the novel’s readers in powerful moments of hope and redemption and shocking descriptions of violence and abuse.
In truth, this is the plight of anyone who moves from one country to another. But Tóibín has captured this sense of the tragedy of choice, the loss that accompanies any decisive moment in our lives, better than any author I have read.
The greatest pleasures of this book are its provocations, which are inseparable from its prose.
This beautiful novella turns on who or what Mary should believe about her son’s life and death—and on a mother’s grief.
Meticulous pacing and finely nuanced characters underpin the author's gift for affecting prose that illuminates the struggles within relationships.
A rousing labor of love by a major contemporary author, Kavalier & Clay reveals that sometimes the horrors generated by popular artists can both reflect and ricochet.
This is a repeat for a novel we reported last March (see P. 125). We liked it then; we like it still. Literary Guild choice for September, it should go farther than the usual first novel.
Composed, logically derived, this grim forecasting blueprints the means and methods of mass control, the techniques of maintaining power, the fundamentals of political duplicity, and offers as arousing a picture as the author's previous Animal Farm. Certain to create interest, comment, and consideration.
Sykes’s revealing text is complemented by sketches, drawings, and personal photographs.
Yet he fails to present atheism as an affirmative, joyful choice. Few secular Christians will leave their traditions, dysfunctional as they are, for his cold refuge of skeptics and stuffed shirts.
Then Came You is a perfect summer read, complete with soap opera-like vignettes, romance and fantasy.
Today, while not as merciless in its analysis as The House of Mirth, Wharton's late masterpiece stands as a fierce indictment of a society estranged from culture and in desperate need of a European sensibility.
Readers are meant to feel big things, and they will—Nelson’s novel brims with emotion (grief, longing, and love in particular) as Noah, Jude, and the broken individuals in their lives find ways to heal.
The author's continuous low-key humor infuses the memoir with refreshing levity, without diminishing the emotional toll of being the sole health-care provider to an elderly parent. This is an emotionally honest portrayal of a son's secrets and his unending devotion to his mother.
While many readers will admire her enthusiasm, a pronouncement of ultimate victory seems premature at best.