Winter's Tale

Helprin, Mark (Book - 1983)
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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.
Local Note: 15 16 17 18 35 53 60 118 138 210 216 224 228 278
ISBN: 0156031191
Statement of Responsibility: Mark Helprin
Subject Headings: Burglars Fiction. Paranormal fiction Reincarnation Fiction. Irish Americans Fiction. Upper West Side (New York, N.Y.) Fiction.
Genre/Form: Love stories-2005.
Fantasy fiction-2005.
Historical fiction-2005.
Topical Term: Burglars
Paranormal fiction
Irish Americans
LCCN: 2006272912
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Jul 08, 2014
  • StarGladiator rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

I really enjoyed Helprin's writing and certain specific passages of the book were truly lyrical in nature. Might not appeal to everyone, but then I've always despised Moby Dick, and some actually enjoyed that.

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!

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.

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.

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!

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.

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

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

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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