...Ruth Reichl's first novel, is about as subtle as a Ring Ding...This confection might play better with Young Adult readers.
Ms Gall’s narrative would have been stronger if she had balanced what she learned from Afghan intelligence sources, who are famously hostile (if for good reason) towards Pakistan’s army, with other views.
Redeployment is so wonderfully written, it's a pleasure to read. Yet it's hard not to be saddened by what an ill-conceived mess the war in Iraq proved to be.
But, as in a V.S. Naipaul story, neither the country nor the time matter much in a tale about human universals, in this case the universal longing for justice...Weighted with sorrow and gravitas, another superb story by Mengestu, who is among the best novelists now at work in America.
Mohamed...weaves in The Orchard of Lost Souls a gripping, intense tale about a little-known world and a little-known history. The characters arise out of the dust of the Somali desert landscape and capture the reader’s heart and imagination in powerful ways.
Although "Five Came Back" at first seems to be chronicling a collective enterprise, it turns out to be an inspirational, if cautionary, tale of the triumph of the individual over the collective, of personal vision over groupthink, and ultimately of art over propaganda.
Fans know the formula: plenty of rousing battle scenes—Weber’s specialty—and characters that gradually, over many pages, come into focus...If you’re not already addicted to this series, don’t start here.
An eerie, dreamlike atmosphere pervades this novel of struggle and oppression. Olshan divides the novel into three parts and moves backward chronologically, so the second part is set 21 years before the first and the third, 11 years before the second.
Some sections detailing military deployment negotiations will prove as dry as Afghan dust to anyone not wearing green, but overall the book is a rewarding read and a rare insight into the ongoing capture of the Obama administration by Washington's security establishment.
Cornwell skillfully illuminates the competing cultures of the 10th Century; the conflict between Dane and Saxon is examined with sympathy and insight...
Priscilla's is a remarkable story, teased out with great skill by her nephew, himself one of the best English novelists of our time. He abstains from judgment, and he is right to do so...In this story of a resourceful and damaged woman, Nicholas Shakespeare lifts the lid on a time of troubles.
Payton is a strong emerging talent on the Canadian literary landscape. The Wind is Not a River will have readers rooting for the lovers, even as it moves them to tears.
If this all sounds like a parlor game played by sauced tweeds at the faculty Christmas party, rest assured that it reads a bit like one, too. Mr. Lebow’s meandering narrative is sometimes difficult to follow...among descriptions of his best world, his worst world, the actual historical world and potential forks that branch off from each.
...politically savvy but militarily uneventful novel that bridges the gap between the last novel and the expected sequel.
It’s vintage Clancy...stuff, full of cool technology and cardboard characters... with a story that, given enough suspended disbelief, is a pleasing fairy tale for people who like things that blow up.
This is history drained not just of its interesting bits but of its very import, and at such times Wilford seems less an inartful storyteller than a kind of lecture-hall sadist.
It’s not just that Mr. Shavit lays out the story of Israel’s founding with clarity and precision. This is a story we’ve read before...It’s that he so deliberately scrutinizes the denial he locates at the heart of Israeli consciousness.
Joe Sacco made his name with comic book-style works of journalism...rendered in intricate detail...creating this stunning work...
The author illustrates the complex intergenerational problems that were created by his father’s conduct, including breakdowns and hospitalizations.
The author’s presentation is so thorough that it is often easy to lose sight of her theme. While MacMillan’s prose is mostly lively, it lacks a narrative flair that could help carry readers through this monumental work.