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Motherless Brooklyn
Motherless Brooklyn
von Jonathan Lethem
  Gebundene Ausgabe

3.0 von 5 Sternen Mixed feelings..., 25. Mai 2000
Rezension bezieht sich auf: Motherless Brooklyn (Gebundene Ausgabe)
The first 100 pages of this book were terrific. Great voice... great character development, of both the main character and the 3 other Minna men. But then, the first 100 pages were all flashback. Once we returned to the main thread of the story, I felt the narrative thrust slowed down, and even came to a halt. A strange series of events began unfolding, none of which really helped the reader understand the crime which had been committed. The crime was unraveled in the final 30 pages in which Lionel finds out what happened through Julia's explanation, not really through his own sleuthing. This section, by the way, felt like a return to the beautiful prose from the beginning of the book. Gripping narrative in and of itself, although unsatisfying since the solution is being handed to us. It's not a solution we could have arrived at by ourselves through clues dropped within the body of the work. So... is this the neo-detective story, one in which plotline is secondary to character development? Fine, I'll buy it, but why bother making it a detective story? For beautiful writing and memorable characters, I would have graded it 5 stars. But for a detective story, and all the baggage and expectations that encompass that genre, I would have given it 2 stars. Average it out at 3 stars.


Headlong
Headlong
von Michael Frayn
  Gebundene Ausgabe

5.0 von 5 Sternen Terrific combination of history and fictional plot, 26. Februar 2000
Rezension bezieht sich auf: Headlong (Gebundene Ausgabe)
Frayn's book is far more than just a typical British-countryside farce novel. By combining historical facts of artist Pieter Bruegel's life, as well as 16th century Netherlandish history, into a novel of 20th century deceit, Frayn has created a classic for all times. An enjoyable -- and heady -- read for anyone lucky enough to pick this one up.


The Professor and the Madman: A Tale of Murder, Insanity, and the Making of The Oxford English Dictionary
The Professor and the Madman: A Tale of Murder, Insanity, and the Making of The Oxford English Dictionary
von Simon Winchester
  Gebundene Ausgabe
Preis: EUR 14,93

4.0 von 5 Sternen Terrific read, 18. November 1999
I thoroughly enjoyed this book. A very well-told tale by Winchester. I was particularly struck by the humanity demonstrated on the part of Dr. Murray toward Minor. Would this same treatment take place today if a person in charge of a project such as the OED project were to find out that one of his "vendors" resided in a mental institution? I kept expecting to learn that Murray, upon discovering where Minor resided, would doubt the validity of Minor's research and go through a "crisis" of sorts. Rather, he responded with great concern and empathy. I also appreciated that Winchester did not feel 600 pages were required to tell this tale. Sometimes, great things truly do come in small packages. My one small complaint: Winchester's writing style, in which 2 - 3 sentences were oftentimes contained within other sentences, offset by hypens , parentheses and brackets. I found myself returning to the beginning of a sentence just to remind me what the subject was. It's an effective style when used on a limited basis.


The Man Who Tried to Save the World: The dangerous life and mysterious disappearence of Fred Cuny
The Man Who Tried to Save the World: The dangerous life and mysterious disappearence of Fred Cuny
von Scott Anderson
  Gebundene Ausgabe

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5.0 von 5 Sternen A truly amazing book, 13. September 1999
I found it interesting that an earlier reviewer compared this books to Krakauer's "Into Thin Air." I, too, felt it similar in that it examined a broad issue and very successfully personalized it in a not-too intrusive manner. I found Anderson's description of Cuny's life, the current situation in Russia, and the background of the war in Chechnya to be fascinating and extremely well handled. Like "Into Thin Air," this book was an incredible page-turner. In a land full of "misdirection plays," deception, and flat-out lies, Anderson succeeds at sifting through the clues and evidence and coming up with -- and examining -- the various scenarios of what may have happened with Cuny. Fantastic investigation and writing.


Splendid Table, The: 500 Years of Eating in Northern Italy
Splendid Table, The: 500 Years of Eating in Northern Italy
von Lynne R. Kasper
  Gebundene Ausgabe
Preis: EUR 35,30

5.0 von 5 Sternen A favorite cookbook, 7. September 1999
Every recipe I've tried from this cookbook is a winner. The Christmas pasta with sugar, almonds and orange zest, topped by a capon has become an annual tradition in our family. Whenever cooking from it, I constantly find myself getting lost in the anecdotes and historical background. In fact, this book actually helped direct us when planning our gastronomical tour of northern Italy.


Dangerous Friend
Dangerous Friend
von Ward Just
  Gebundene Ausgabe

5.0 von 5 Sternen Beautiful and dream-like, 16. August 1999
Rezension bezieht sich auf: Dangerous Friend (Gebundene Ausgabe)
Just's book is beautifully written and organized. You know what happens to the principle characters within the initial pages, while the rest of the book is dedicated to telling us why those people we've just met are important. Sydney Parade, with the best of all intentions, inadvertently causes a horrible chain of events, making him the title character, the "dangerous friend." Comparisons must be made to Greene's "The Quiet American," another book which focuses upon the innocence of a single character to illustrate the overall naivete of a nation's efforts. We Americans love to believe that simple optimism, confidence and determination will win the day. As Parade -- and America -- learned, there are several more factors involved.


The Innocent: A Novel
The Innocent: A Novel
von Ian McEwan
  Taschenbuch
Preis: EUR 11,44

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5.0 von 5 Sternen Well written, tight novel, 3. Mai 1999
Rezension bezieht sich auf: The Innocent: A Novel (Taschenbuch)
McEwan deftly illustrates how turmoil and deception can lie just below the surface, whether that surface is a city street in divided Berlin, or the surface of a seemingly clean-cut, upright human being. In McEwan's world of post-war Germany, no one is truly innocent, or at least no one beyond page 20, and nothing is truly as it seems. All is a shade of grey, nothing is black and white. This book is gripping, as Leonard's life becomes more ensnared in lies and cover-ups. A terrific read.


Cloudsplitter: A Novel
Cloudsplitter: A Novel
von Russell Banks
  Taschenbuch
Preis: EUR 12,64

5.0 von 5 Sternen An amazing accomplishment by Banks, 16. April 1999
Rezension bezieht sich auf: Cloudsplitter: A Novel (Taschenbuch)
I thought this was a terrific book, full of powerful scenes and interactions. Could it have been trimmed? Probably, but as a reader, I'm not in a race. Good writing is good writing, and I was as captivated by Banks's narrative on page 750 as I was on page 3. I walked away from this book with a far greater understanding of what the U.S. was going through in the years prior to the Civil War, as well as with a an even greater appreciation of Banks's terrific talents.


Road Swing
Road Swing
von Steve Rushin
  Gebundene Ausgabe

5.0 von 5 Sternen Hilarious!, 27. Januar 1999
Rezension bezieht sich auf: Road Swing (Gebundene Ausgabe)
This is one of those very rare, well-written, laugh-out-loud books. This book thankfully helped pass the time on a very frustrating day of air travel for me. Yes, although at times somewhat sophomoric, I thoroughly enjoyed Rushin's irreverant observations about sports -- and life -- in America. Two sections above the rest stood out as especially memorable for me (a Minnesota Vikings fan): his memories of the Vikings teams of the 70's, punctuated with a wonderful story of waiting and anticipating Alan Page's granting an autograph; and the story regarding the void left in Cleveland by the departure of the Browns. Write on, Steve, write on!


I Married a Communist
I Married a Communist
von Philip Roth
  Gebundene Ausgabe

5.0 von 5 Sternen Roth only keeps getting better, 30. November 1998
Rezension bezieht sich auf: I Married a Communist (Gebundene Ausgabe)
It's a shame that the Pulitzer-prize decision makers probably won't consider giving the award to the same author two years in a row. After having won for last year's "American Pastoral," Roth will not win for this year's "I Married a Communist." That's too bad, because he deserves it. In fact, in many ways, "I Married a Communist" is better. It's a story of a fascinating time in America's history, when those in all walks of life (but, in this case, the entertainment industry) were blacklisted for their leftward-leaning tendencies. Ira Ringold is a fascinating, complicated character. His brother, Murray, is instantly likeable. And even Nathan Zuckermann learns a little bit more about himself and the world around him from his 6-day interaction with his ex-teacher, Murray. What I liked most about this book was the true closure of the ending (something I felt lacking in American Pastoral). It was beautifully wrapped up by Nathan's analogy of the souls of dead folks becoming stars in the heavens. Is the Pulitzer-prize winning team courageous enough to award the prize to the same author twice in a row? We'll find out.


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