Winter's Tale

Helprin, Mark

Book - 2014
Average Rating: 3 stars out of 5.
Winter's Tale
"One winter night, Peter Lake--master mechanic and second-story 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."--

Publisher: Boston ;, New York :, Mariner Books, Houghton Mifflin Harcourt,, [2014]
Copyright Date: ♭1983
ISBN: 9780544320420
Characteristics: 748 pages ;,21 cm


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Mar 20, 2015
  • Kregel rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

Amazing, breathtaking, funny, sad, moving, and thoughtful. Wow, that's a mouthful. Deservedly so, as this is a book outside of labels and genres and expectations. And do yourself a favour: skip the movie.

Jan 26, 2015
  • littlemaggiemae rated this: 3 stars out of 5.

This book took my ages it finish. While the writing is beautiful and I really enjoy the plot, I don't know if I would recommend this book to someone. Many of the descriptions seemed drawn out and unnecessary, but beautiful all the same. It totally depends on your style whether or not you'd enjoy the book, but personally it was too long.

Dec 03, 2014
  • lukasevansherman rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

"A sad tale's best for winter."-Shakespeare

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!

Mar 04, 2014

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

Feb 08, 2014

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

Feb 04, 2014
  • DanglingConversations 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.

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