In Sunlight and in Shadow

Helprin, Mark

Book - 2012
Average Rating: 3.5 stars out of 5.
In Sunlight and in Shadow
Returning home after serving in World War II to run his family business in New York, paratrooper Harry Copeland falls in love with young singer and heiress Catherine Thomas Hale, who risks everything to break off her engagement to another man.

Publisher: Boston : Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, 2012.
ISBN: 9780547819235
Characteristics: xiv, 705 pages ;,24 cm


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Nov 26, 2014
  • brinyurchin rated this: 2 stars out of 5.

I feel the same way as a lot of the other reviewers--overwritten, too perfect characters, some beautiful prose; however, also over the top. I'm halfway through and thinking of putting it down for good which I rarely do.

Jul 18, 2014

Boring with a self-absorbed, obsessive male character. You'll notice that the main female character adds very little to the dialogue, she's just there to listen.
I lost interest half-way through the book.

Jun 23, 2014
  • Adamrose36 rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

The Poetry of love romance,love,hate,and life. This book is definitely great teaches you the everyday struggles of life.Thanks to Amelida a friend of mine for recommending loved every minute of it.

Apr 07, 2014

I loved this book. It spoke of romance,
war and the daily blows of life. The message is that nothing is forever and that we must fight for everything that we cherish. Bravo!

Aug 16, 2013
  • 2xxcarpet rated this: 4.5 stars out of 5.

A beautiful love story beautifully written in language that was shear poetry.

Mar 14, 2013

Read this book on the recommendation of a good friend. As I read the book I kept thinking of how to write a review of it because I was so conflicted about whether I like it. The language was beautiful. The descriptions were long but beautiful. What disturbed me was the characters and the plot. Harry and Catherine were too perfect, and why didn't Harry take care of the bad guys earlier. The descriptions of war were haunting--Halprin must have been there. Worth the read even at 700 pages.

Dec 28, 2012

I'll read most any book, but when the writer makes one large paragraph one sentence...come on! He used so many words to say one thing I lost interest early on and could not force myself to read the book. The premise was fine, just way to wordy.

Nov 30, 2012
  • mysterytramp2005 rated this: 1 stars out of 5.

Dreadful. I loved Winter’s Tale and Soldier of the Great War, but this was unreadable. Like Hemingway in Across the River and Into the Trees, Helprin achieves self-parody.

Oct 13, 2012
  • maven rated this: 1.5 stars out of 5.

Zzz. The writing in this book is overly wordy in a very pretentious way, and the characters seemed so flat. I got tired of trying to wade through it just to find any substance at all, and I gave up before I got very far.


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