Tuesday Evening Book Reviews

Ivy Pochoda on James Scott’s The Kept: “Set at the turn of the 20th century, “The Kept” is an intriguing, if sometimes unbalanced reimagining of a western novel artfully transposed from the conventional dangers of the desert and Plains to the snowbound northern frontier.” (NYTimes)

J.C. Gabel on the reissue of Rafael Bernal’s The Mongolian Conspiracy: “Disdain for political corruption (something Mexico still suffers from today) soaks through every page of “The Mongolian Conspiracy,” as if Bernal were using the novel to elucidate what he had learned from a lifetime of writing, politics and diplomacy, and the now-somewhat-comic capers of the Cold War era.” (LATimes)

Earl Pike Chang-Rae Lee’s On Such a Full Sea: “His writing is supple and poised; his understanding of human nature, richly nuanced. A new book by Lee is cause for giddy expectation.” (Cleveland Plain Dealer)

Mark Guftafson on Olivia Laing’s The Trip to Echo Spring: On Writers and Drinking: “Why these six? Aside from the obvious connections, Laing has discovered other surprising similarities, crossed paths, echoes of various sorts. As she illustrates, with great sensitivity and often poignant detail, these were fragile and complicated men who — in addition to writing enduring works of beauty, depth and power — lived lives of not-so-quiet desperation.” (Minneapolis Star-Tribune)

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