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The Casual Vacancy

The book is quite punishing to read and the view of human nature it takes is more fundamentally lowering than that of the most cynical French aphorist.


The blurb of Ramshackle was full of promise, but I’m afraid, for me, it didn’t deliver.

May We Be Forgiven: A Novel

May We Be Forgiven could be revolutionary in its originality, bravery and insistence that we're not OK and we are all at fault, but we can — and must — do better.

The Yellow Birds: A Novel

Powers hasn’t written a classic war novel yet, but there are enough victories in these pages to suggest he’s marching in the right direction.

The Casual Vacancy

In summary, "The Casual Vacancy" is a good, though not great, book about small-town, small-minded England. What else did you expect?

The Casual Vacancy

Rather, it is little more than a backdrop, a stage set, its lack of depth an emblem of Rowling's inability to engage us, to invest us sufficiently in her characters, young or otherwise, to reckon with the contrivances of her fictional world.

The Casual Vacancy

The Casual Vacancy will probably be a fundraiser for the cause, but that doesn’t make it a good novel.

The Casual Vacancy

The real-life world she has limned in these pages is so willfully banal, so depressingly clichéd that “The Casual Vacancy” is not only disappointing — it’s dull.

The Casual Vacancy

Ultimately, The Casual Vacancy is a book that understands there are no magic wands.

The Casual Vacancy

The Casual Vacancy is no masterpiece, but it's not bad at all: intelligent, workmanlike, and often funny.

The Edge of Nowhere

This book should appeal to fans of mystery and suspense, though I suspect it will probably be more popular with George’s adult fans than it will with a new generation of readers.

The Casual Vacancy

It’s a big, ambitious, brilliant, profane, funny, deeply upsetting and magnificently eloquent novel of contemporary England, rich with literary intelligence and entirely bereft of bullshit, and if it weren’t for Rowling’s stringent security measures it would or at least should have contended for the Booker Prize.

Soldiers: German POWs on Fighting, Killing, and Dying
Kirkus Reviews : Soldaten (August 15, 2012)

Unique—and essential to any understanding of German mentalités in the Hitler era.

May We Be Forgiven: A Novel

The formula of shock treatment followed by sentimental affirmation was fresher in Homes’ Music for Torching (1999) and This Book Will Save Your Life (2006), and it’s hard to take seriously social commentary grounded in such bizarre particulars.

In Sunlight and In Shadow

I was desperately disappointed, though, by the end of this grandly charming and deeply affecting novel — but only because it ended.

The Return

Bolaño's lively storytelling keeps us compelled whether he uses dialogue, monologue or third-person reportage. Each tale turns the reader into a voyeur, grasping at snapshots of troubled lives and ghosts.

Joseph Anton: A Memoir

Salman Rushdie's account of surviving a fatwa is brutally honest and profound.

Ike's Bluff: President Eisenhower's Secret Battle to Save the World

Eisenhower’s combination of courage, petulance and cunning are hard qualities to reconcile. And Mr. Thomas sometimes has no answers. But he approaches the ever more changeable Eisenhower legacy with new and intriguing questions.

Laura Lamont's Life in Pictures

It’s a witty examination ofthe psychic costs of reinvention in Hollywood’s golden age.