Alan Cheuse http://kacu.org en Written In Secret Behind The Iron Curtain, 'Corpse' Is Revived http://kacu.org/post/written-secret-behind-iron-curtain-corpse-revived Transcript <p>ROBERT SIEGEL, HOST: <p>The fiction work of Soviet era writer Zigizmund Krzhizhanovsky never saw the light of day in his own time. He was known mostly as a theater, music and literally critic, but he also wrote fables and fiction for more than 20 years, none of which appeared in print until 1989. Well, a new volume of that work called "Autobiography of a Corpse" has just come out here in the U.S. Wed, 25 Dec 2013 22:27:00 +0000 Alan Cheuse 32743 at http://kacu.org 'Nasty Piece Of Work' Makes Spy-Turned-PI Work Well http://kacu.org/post/nasty-piece-work-makes-spy-turned-pi-work-well Alan Cheuse reviews Robert Littell's newest novel of a CIA agent turned private investigator, A Nasty Piece of Work. Thu, 21 Nov 2013 21:12:00 +0000 Alan Cheuse 31455 at http://kacu.org A Coming Of Age Story For The (Ice) Ages http://kacu.org/post/coming-age-story-ice-ages Transcript <p>MELISSA BLOCK, HOST: <p>From NPR News, this is ALL THINGS CONSIDERED. I'm Melissa Block.<p>ROBERT SIEGEL, HOST: <p>And I'm Robert Siegel. A new novel explores life on Earth tens of thousands of years ago. It's called "Shaman" by science fiction writer Kim Stanley Robinson. Our reviewer, Alan Cheuse, says it's worthy of a spot on the bookshelf between "The Inheritors" and "The Clan Of The Cave Bear."<p>ALAN CHEUSE, BYLINE: Robinson has chosen a broad and effective means for including everything that he knows and everything he imagines about the world of 30,000 B.C. Wed, 09 Oct 2013 20:41:00 +0000 Alan Cheuse 29685 at http://kacu.org Book Review: 'Love, Dishonor, Marry, Die, Cherish, Perish' http://kacu.org/post/book-review-love-dishonor-marry-die-cherish-perish Transcript <p>MELISSA BLOCK, HOST: <p>The writer and humorist David Rakoff died last year at the age of 47 of cancer. He left behind his final work: a brief novel in verse with the long title "Love, Dishonor, Marry, Die, Cherish, Perish." It was published today, and Alan Cheuse has this review.<p>ALAN CHEUSE, BYLINE: This short but abundantly populated novel in verse had quite an effect on me. It's all I can do to write a novel in prose, but a novel in rhyming couplets with a story that keeps my attention and exudes beauty and the suffering attendant upon a human predicament? Wed, 17 Jul 2013 00:00:00 +0000 Alan Cheuse 26120 at http://kacu.org Book Review: 'Skinner' http://kacu.org/post/book-review-skinner Transcript <p>ROBERT SIEGEL, HOST: <p>From NPR News, this is ALL THINGS CONSIDERED. I'm Robert Siegel.<p>AUDIE CORNISH, HOST: <p>And I'm Audie Cornish.<p>Charlie Huston is a Los Angeles-based writer known for his superhero comic books and crime novels. Alan Cheuse couldn't wait to get his hands on Huston's latest thriller called "Skinner." Here's his review.<p>ALAN CHEUSE, BYLINE: Charlie Huston's 2010 novel "Sleepless" bowled me over. What a powerful combination of combustible plot and fiery language. So here's his new novel in my hands. It's called "Skinner," and it's a huge letdown. Mon, 08 Jul 2013 20:15:00 +0000 Alan Cheuse 25733 at http://kacu.org Book Review: 'A Nearly Perfect Copy' http://kacu.org/post/book-review-nearly-perfect-copy Transcript <p>AUDIE CORNISH, HOST: <p>Allison Amend is out with her third book. It's a novel called "A Nearly Perfect Copy." It features richly detailed characters, including an art dealer gone bad, and it's set in both Paris and New York. Our review Alan Cheuse found it all quite delectable.<p>ALAN CHEUSE, BYLINE: Elmira, known as Elm Howells, works her expertise mainly about European drawings and paintings at a family art auction house in Manhattan. Fri, 10 May 2013 21:23:00 +0000 Alan Cheuse 23254 at http://kacu.org Book Review: 'Where Tigers Are At Home' http://kacu.org/post/book-review-where-tigers-are-home Transcript <p>MELISSA BLOCK, HOST: <p>From NPR News, this is ALL THINGS CONSIDERED. I'm Melissa Block.<p>AUDIE CORNISH, HOST: <p>And I'm Audie Cornish. Our book reviewer, Alan Cheuse, has just traveled to Brazil and back in an 800-page novel. The book is called "Where Tigers Are At Home." It's by a French novelist named Jean-Marie Blas de Robles and it's just out in English. Here's Alan's review.<p>ALAN CHEUSE, BYLINE: A Frenchman named Von Wogau, a divorced and retired journalist, lives in a small town in the northeastern region of Brazil. Fri, 15 Mar 2013 21:39:00 +0000 Alan Cheuse 21025 at http://kacu.org Under Ogawa's Macabre, Metafictional Spell http://kacu.org/post/under-ogawas-macabre-metafictional-spell It used to be a truism among critics of British poetry that Keats and most of his fellow Romantic poets worked in the shadow of John Milton. I'm not making a perfect analogy when I suggest that most contemporary Japanese writers seem to be working under the shadow of Haruki Murakami, but I hope it highlights the spirit of the situation.<p>You certainly get that feeling of being haunted by Murakami when you begin reading the "Eleven Dark Tales," as she calls them, in this story cycle by Yoko Ogawa. The situations seem made for Murakami's particular blend of the real and the fantastic. Mon, 18 Feb 2013 18:20:00 +0000 Alan Cheuse 19958 at http://kacu.org Under Ogawa's Macabre, Metafictional Spell A Wintry Mix: Alan Cheuse Selects The Season's Best http://kacu.org/post/wintry-mix-alan-cheuse-selects-seasons-best It's that time of year again — the leaves have fallen, the dark comes early, the air brings with it a certain chill — and I've been piling up books on my reading table, books I've culled from the offerings of the past few months, which because of their essential lyric beauty and power stand as special gifts for you and yours.<p>They sometimes seem at odds, the lyrical impulse and the narrative impulse. Fri, 07 Dec 2012 19:48:00 +0000 Alan Cheuse 17324 at http://kacu.org A Wintry Mix: Alan Cheuse Selects The Season's Best Book Review: 'Dear Life' http://kacu.org/post/book-review-dear-life Transcript <p>AUDIE CORNISH, HOST: <p>From NPR News, this is ALL THINGS CONSIDERED. I'm Audie Cornish.<p>ROBERT SIEGEL, HOST: <p>And I'm Robert Siegel with good news for short story fans.<p>Canadian writer and master of the short story Alice Munro has published a new collection. It's called "Dear Life." And our reviewer Alan Cheuse says it's a must read.<p>ALAN CHEUSE, BYLINE: "Dear Life," dear means precious. It can also mean expensive. Mon, 19 Nov 2012 21:40:00 +0000 Alan Cheuse 16691 at http://kacu.org A Midcentury Romance, With 'Sunlight' And 'Shadow' http://kacu.org/post/mid-century-romance-sunlight-and-shadow New York, New York, it's a wonderful town! And Mark Helprin's new near-epic novel makes it all the more marvelous. It's got great polarized motifs — war and peace, heroism and cowardice, crime and civility, pleasure and business, love and hate, bias and acceptance — which the gifted novelist weaves into a grand, old-fashioned romance, a New York love story that begins with a Hollywoodish meet-cute on the Staten Island Ferry.<p>"To be in New York on a beautiful day is to feel razor-close to being in love," Helprin writes. Wed, 26 Sep 2012 20:06:00 +0000 Alan Cheuse 14600 at http://kacu.org A Midcentury Romance, With 'Sunlight' And 'Shadow' Book Review: 'God Carlos' http://kacu.org/post/book-review-god-carlos Transcript <p>AUDIE CORNISH, HOST: <p>From NPR News, this is ALL THINGS CONSIDERED. I'm Audie Cornish.<p>MELISSA BLOCK, HOST: <p>And I'm Melissa Block. Now to the 16th Century and the Spanish port of Cadiz. It's the setting for "God Carlos," a new novel by Jamaican-born writer Anthony Winkler, who takes us on a voyage to the New World. Tue, 11 Sep 2012 21:36:00 +0000 Alan Cheuse 13977 at http://kacu.org Sail Into Summer With Novel Picks From Alan Cheuse http://kacu.org/post/sail-summer-novel-picks-alan-cheuse <strong> </strong>Head to the bookstore or pick up your Nook or Kindle or iPad, and prepare, if you will, to make some decisions about your summer reading life. My suggestions this year tend to be fine new fiction, the kind that not only flows on the page but also makes a sort of music in your mind. So, <em>word</em> <em>music </em>it is! Strike up the orchestra! It's going to be a big summer for big broad American literary voices, voices that leap from the page and linger with you, echo through your summer and perhaps even beyond. Thu, 14 Jun 2012 12:23:00 +0000 Alan Cheuse 10290 at http://kacu.org Sail Into Summer With Novel Picks From Alan Cheuse Review: 'Running The Rift' http://kacu.org/post/review-running-rift Transcript <p>ROBERT SIEGEL, HOST: <p>This is ALL THINGS CONSIDERED from NPR News. I'm Robert Siegel.<p>MELISSA BLOCK, HOST: <p>And I'm Melissa Block.<p>Athletes all over the world are training for the summer Olympics in London. We'll hear some of their personal stories as the games get closer. But now, a fictional story about a man who wants to reach the Olympics. Thu, 29 Mar 2012 19:00:00 +0000 Alan Cheuse 6739 at http://kacu.org