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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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When master mechanic Peter Lake attempts to rob a mansion on the Upper West Side, he is caught by young Beverly Penn, the terminally ill daughter of the house, and their subsequent love sends Peter on a desperate personal journey.
Authors: Helprin, Mark
Title: Winter's tale
Publisher: Orlando : Harcourt, ©1983 (2005 printing)
Characteristics: 748 pages ;,21 cm.
Content Type: text
Media Type: unmediated
Carrier Type: volume
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Contents: Machine derived contents note: I. The City
A White Horse Escapes 3
The Ferry Burns in Morning Cold 10
Pearly Soames 20
Peter Lake Hangs from a Star 40
Beverly 95
A Goddess in the Bath 110
On the Marsh 130
Lake of the Coheeries 143
The Hospital in Printing House Square 173
Aceldama 191
Ii. Four Gates To The City
Four Gates to the City 219
Lake of the Coheeries 221
In the Drifts 264
A New Life 347
Hell Gate 370
Iii. The Sun...And The Ghost
Nothing Is Random 401
Peter Lake Returns 403
The Sun 418
...and The Ghost 438
An Early Summer Dinner at Petipas 445
The Machine Age 456
Iv. A Golden Age
A Very Short History of the Clouds 505
Battery Bridge 507
White Horse and Dark Horse 544
The White Dog of Afghanistan 579
Abysmillard Redux 591
Ex Machina 606
For the Soldiers and Sailors of Chelsea 641
The City Alight 666
A Golden Age 697
epilogue 747.
Summary: When master mechanic Peter Lake attempts to rob a mansion on the Upper West Side, he is caught by young Beverly Penn, the terminally ill daughter of the house, and their subsequent love sends Peter on a desperate personal journey.
Local Note: 15 16 17 18 35 53 118 138 210 216 224 228 278
ISBN: 9780156001946
0156001942
0156031191
9780156031196
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.
Fantastic fiction.
Historical fiction.
Topical Term: Burglars
Paranormal fiction.
Reincarnation
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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