Tuesday Evening Book Reviews

Irene Wanner on Gretel Ehrlich’s Facing the Wave: A Journey in the Wake of the Tsunami: “Long a student of Japanese art and poetry, her reverence for this Asian culture allows her to add personal perspective to the vivid reporting about people whose lives and world were so utterly changed.” (Seattle Times)

Peter Parker on (editor) Carol Z. Rothkopf’s Selected Letters of Siegfried Sassoon and Edmund Blunden, 1919–1967: ” While Sassoon and Blunden’s obsessive sending up of such minor figures as Humbert Wolfe and Robert Nichols, however well deserved, proves wearying, there is plenty of fascinating material here about their complex relationship with Robert Graves, their love of Thomas Hardy, their heroic championing of Wilfred Owen and their lack of enthusiasm for Isaac Rosenberg (despite Sassoon having provided a brief but highly laudatory foreword to the 1937 Collected Works).” (The Times Literary Supplement)

Carolyn Cooke on Stuart Nadler’s Wise Men: “A fiction about affluent East Coast men behaving badly through the second half of the 20th century will doubtless draw comparisons to John Cheever. Although Nadler’s ambitions clearly lie in this direction – the nuanced and romanticized depiction of characters flawed in distinctly American ways – this rushed, early effort crashes and burns.” (San Francisco Chronicle)

Heller McAlpin on Ellen Meister’s Farewell, Dorothy Parker: “Alas, “Farewell, Dorothy Parker” is not as delectable as its fanciful premise leads us to hope for. It’s weakened by expository excesses, too many embarrassingly corny lines and facile psychologizing. But it did succeed in moving me to tears.” (Washington Post)

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