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Winter's Tale

Helprin, Mark (Book - 1983 )
Average Rating: 3 stars out of 5.
Winter's Tale


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Now a major motion pictureNew York Times bestseller"Utterly extraordinary . . . A piercing sense of the beautiful arising from narrative and emotional fantasy is everywhere alive in the novel . . . Not for some time have I read a work as funny, thoughtful, passionate or large-souled . . . I find myself nervous, to a degree I don't recall in my past as a reviewer, about failing the work, inadequately displaying its brilliance." - Benjamin DeMott, New York Times Book Review Mark Helprin's masterpiece will transport you to New York of the Belle Epoque, to a city clarified by a siege of unprecedented snows. One winter night, Peter Lake - master mechanic and second-storey man - attempts to rob a fortress-like mansion on the Upper West Side. Though he thinks it is empty, the daughter of the house is home. Thus begins the affair between a middle-aged Irish burglar and Beverly Penn, a young girl dying of consumption. It is a love so powerful that Peter Lake, a simple and uneducated man, will be driven to stop time and bring back the dead. His great struggle is one of the most beautiful and extraordinary stories of American literature."He creates tableaux of such beauty and clarity that the inner eye is stunned." - Publishers Weekly "This novel stretches the boundaries of contemporary literature. It is a gifted writer's love affair with the language." - Newsday
Authors: Helprin, Mark
Title: Winter's tale
Publisher: Orlando :, Harcourt,, c1983, (2005 printing).
Characteristics: 748 p. ;,21 cm.
Series:
Local Note: 15 16 17 18 35 53 79 118 138 210 216 224 228 263 278
ISBN: 9780156031196
0156031191
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Report This Apr 11, 2014
  • chriscostanzo rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

I loved this book so much half way through I went out and bought it. I want to keep it on my shelves!

I only have a fourth left of this book only about ten chapters or so. Not sure what to say I am extremely disappointed beyond measure this book jumps from character to character and place to place it practically gives you whiplash. It takes forever to read and I am a very fast reader. I am stubborn and really do want to find out what happens if anything at all so I do still plan on powering through after all I am so close why stop now lol But I do have to warn you this book has so little of the supposed love story in it. It has much more descriptions of New Year and the residents and different classes than anything else. It is so confusing too trying to figure out what is going on is next to impossible. And once you are even close it jumps to another subject. I would compare it to being swept up in a tornado or a hurricane even. It's truly out of this world. Well you have been warned read at your own risk and maybe just wait till the movie comes out lol

Pennie Clark Ianniciello, Costco's book buyer, has chosen Winter's Tale by Mark Helprin as her pick of the month for March 2014.

I love this book. I re-read it every year.

Report This Feb 04, 2014
  • BTVS rated this: 1 stars out of 5.

This new age dream state writing does not appeal to me. I struggled for 100 pages and gave up. Too much implied violence, neglect and dark humour.

Report This Aug 18, 2013
  • GummiGirl rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

The first time I tried to read this, many years ago, I gave up in the middle. I finally took it up again and read it to the end, after reading "The Golem and the Jinni" which has a somewhat similar theme (and which I'd also highly recommend). It's dense but highly rewarding. Set aside a good block of time (in my case a week's vacation) and some preconceptions about time and reality, and enjoy!

Report This Aug 09, 2012
  • kayjuni rated this: 4.5 stars out of 5.

I'm pretty sure I do not pocess the skills to properly describe this book. It's beautifully written and had me wishing the New York Helprin created in it really exsisted. Don't expect all your questions to be answered or expect easy moralization. There is good and bad, light and dark, stars and snow, past and future/past. Helprin's language makes everything in his New York beautiful, even the ugly parts.

Report This Nov 22, 2009
  • ScorchingSun rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

Just a gorgeous novel. Magical and enchanting. Deeply moving.

Report This Aug 26, 2008
  • lindeeana rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

Great read. Time is stretched over several generations, all in the winter. Reading this book has been known to cause the weather to lock into winter for the duration of the reading.

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