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* Book Review: Pulse by Julian Barnes

Posted by the editors on Sunday, 29 January 2012

Book Review: Pulse (2011)(collection of short stories) by Julian Barnes (Flaubert’s Parrot (1984, shortlisted for the Booker Prize), England, England (1998, shortlisted for the Booker Prize), Arthur & George (2005, shortlisted for the Booker Prize), The Sense of an Ending (2011, winner of the Booker Prize).  Pulse is a collection of wonderful short stories taking the pulse of couples, and in which couples are the pulse, the life blood.  From parents, to newly weds, to first dates, to esoteric historical, from sharp, well-to-do couples, to once-hippie aging couples, to ’til-death-do-us-part couples, to couples divorcing within a year of marriage, from hetero to homo, from love to sex, from complicity to antagonism, from no-strings to all things, Pulse throws its net wide, not that there aren’t an infinity of couples outside of the net, each being, by definition unique, and unfathomable, no matter what we know.  In fact, what is love?  And, to paraphrase and twist, a bit, Raymond Carver, what (don’t) we talk about when we (don’t) talk about love; pain, fun, sharing, loss, thrill, support, tenderness and grief. A must-read for anyone who is, was, or will be part of a couple, or ever wished, or regretted, that they were part of a couple.  And for those solitaries who just wonder about it all.  Marvelous, thoughtful, entertaining and more. (PR)

See our post on the collection of short stories by Raymond Carver, What We Talk About When We Talk About Love.

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Divisadero by Michael Ondaatje

Posted by the editors on Tuesday, 13 December 2011

Divisadero (2007)(Novel)  by Michael Ondaatje (Coming Through Slaughter (1976)The English Patient (1992), Anil’s Ghost (2000), The Cat’s Table (2011))   Divisadero, Booker Prize-winning author Ondaatje’s fifth novel, published four years before his latest, The Cat’s Table (2011), is an oft’ poetic tapestry woven of nature and the threads, tangled, dangled, worn and broken, of human ties: familial, choice, chance, coincidence, love…   Divisadero, is a street in San Francisco one of the principal characters says, semi-truthfully, she is from, and says, further, that it comes from a word meaning division and also to see from afar…and this is what Divisadero, the novel, is about: truths, semi-truths, perceptions divided, rewoven, and all seen, partially, through rain or mist,  in varying light, and from afar.  (PR)

See our posts on Michael Ondaatje’s novels, Coming Through Slaughter, and the Booker Prize for Fiction-winning The English Patient.

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Disgrace, starring John Malkovich

Posted by the editors on Tuesday, 22 November 2011

Disgrace (2008)(DVD) Directed by Steve Jacobs, starring John Malkovich (In the Line of Fire (1993), Mary Reilly (1996), Being John Malkovich (1999), Burn After Reading (2008)), Jessica Haines and others.  A powerful film, with an excellent screenplay based on the superb 1999 Booker Prize-winning novel of the same name by the gifted South African novelist J.M. Coetzee, Disgrace traces the life and humiliations of a university professor who has been dismissed for sleeping with a student.  A poignant reflection on the extraordinary complexities of post-apartheid South Africa, Disgrace offers Malkovich the opportunity to excel as a thoroughly dislikeable yet magnetic intellectual snob and Jessica Haines, a South African actress, as Malkovich’s character’s forward-looking (at all costs) lesbian daughter, the chance to truly impress: Haines is excellent in the role.  Disgrace is most definitely a must-see film, powerful, complex, very well written, acted and filmed. (There is a certain amount of violence, both seen and implied; it is never gratuitous.) (PR)

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The English Patient

Posted by the editors on Friday, 11 March 2011

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The English Patient, (1992), (novel), by Michael Ondaatje.  The novel The English Patient by the Canadian-Sri Lankan author Michael Ondaatje is a wonderful novel of sensuality and despair, of individual and global ethics permeated by a marvelous sense of delicate detail.  Winner of the Canadian Governor General’s Award and The Booker Prize, the novel was made into an eponymous award-winning film (9 Oscars, among other awards!) by Anthony Minghella with Ralph Fiennes, Kristin Scott Thomas, Willem Dafoe, Colin Firth, Juliette Binoche, and Naveen Andrews released in 1996 and still very much worth viewing. (PR)

See our posts on Michael Ondaatje’s novels Coming Through Slaughter and Divisadero.

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UK’s Man-Booker Prize Awarded To “Contemporary Historical” Novel “Wolf Hall” by Hilary Mantel

Posted by the editors on Wednesday, 7 October 2009

No great surprise here (though still far from a unanimous vote) as you’ll read in the article entitled “Novel About Henry VIII Wins Booker Prize” by Motoko Rich, in the Books section of The New York Times (online).

Great fans of J.M. Coetzee, we nevertheless agree to accept Mantel’s “Wolf Hall” as the official winner.

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