Wednesday Evening Book Reviews

Mary Otis on Janet Frame’s Between My Father and the King: “… Frame’s ability to distill an experience and sometimes an entire life into a few pages was remarkable. Her characters yearn, and ache, and are overtaken by wonder. She was an emotional cartographer of the highest order, one who deeply understood the inner workings of the human heart.” (The Rumpus)

Tyler Tichlaar on Gulnaz Fatma’s Ruskin Bond’s World: “Reading Ruskin Bond’s World made me want to read all of Bond’s books and have the enhanced, rich experience of exploring for myself all the themes of nature, animals, children, and unrequited love in his work, all themes that Fatma analyzes in great detail through his various novels and stories.” (Blogcitics)

Dan DeLuca on Stanley Crouch’s The Rise and Times of Charlie Parker: “Crouch’s language is anything but dry or academic, and almost always entertaining. He writes with authority about the Kansas City sound and the role of social factors, like the free-wheeling reign of political boss Tom Pendergast, that fostered the creative explosion.” (philly.com)

Kirkus on Russell Banks’ A Permanent Member of the Family: “Don’t expect atmospheric mood poems or avant-garde stylistic games in these dozen tales. Banks is a traditionalist, interested in narrative and character development; his simple, flexible prose doesn’t call attention to itself as it serves those aims.” (Kirkus Reviews)

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