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In Sunlight and in Shadow

Helprin, Mark (Book - 2012 )
Average Rating: 3.5 stars out of 5.
In Sunlight and in Shadow
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In the summer of 1946, New York City pulses with energy. Harry Copeland, a World War II veteran, has returned home to run the family business. Yet his life is upended by a single encounter with the young singer and heiress Catherine Thomas Hale, as each falls for the other in an instant. They pursue one another in a romance played out in Broadway theaters, Long Island mansions, the offices of financiers, and the haunts of gangsters. Catherine's choice of Harry over her longtime fiancé endangers Harry's livelihood and threatens his life. In the end, Harry must summon the strength of his wartime experience to fight for Catherine, and risk everything. "In its storytelling heft, its moral rectitude, the solemn magnificence of its writing and the splendor of its hymns to New York City, [ In Sunlight and in Shadow ] is a spiritual pendant to Winter's Tale and every bit as extraordinary . . . Even the most stubbornly resistant readers will soon be disarmed by the nobility of the novel's sentiments and seduced by the pure music of its prose." -- Wall Street Journal
Authors: Helprin, Mark
Title: In sunlight and in shadow
Publisher: Boston, Mass. : Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, 2012.
Characteristics: 705 p. ;,24 cm.
Local Note: 1 6 15 16 17 18 35 53 57 60 80 109 112 113 118 122 133 138 143 148 150 152 159 160 167 172 193 198 203 205 210 211 216 222 224 226 228 244 250 263 276 280
ISBN: 0547819234
9780547819235
Statement of Responsibility: Mark Helprin
Subject Headings: New York (N.Y.) 20th century Fiction. Triangles (Interpersonal relations) Fiction.
Genre/Form: Romantic suspense fiction.
Topical Term: Triangles (Interpersonal relations)
LCCN: 2012016242
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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.

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.

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.

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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