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An old American who lives in Brazil is writing his memoirs. An English teacher at the naval academy, he is married to a woman young enough to be his daughter and has a little son whom he loves. He sits in a mountain garden in Niteroi, overlooking the ocean.As he reminisces and writes, placing the pages carefully in his antproof case, we learn that he was a World War II ace who was shot down twice, an investment banker who met with popes and presidents, and a man who was never not in love. He was the thief of the century, a murderer, and a protector of the innocent. And all his life he waged a valiant, losing, one-man battle against the world s most insidious enslaver: coffee.Mark Helprin combines adventure, satire, flights of transcendence, and high comedy in this "memoir" of a man whose life reads like the song of the twentieth century."

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  • Paperback | 514 pages
  • 134.62 x 203.2 x 30.48mm | 430.91g
  • HOUGHTON MIFFLIN
  • Boston, MA, United States
  • English
  • Reprint
  • 0156032007
  • 9780156032001
  • 631,288

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PRAISE FOR MEMOIR FROM ANTPROOF CASE"A prize performance . . . A funny, extravagant, prodigal piece of writing . . . rapturous and melancholy . . . its power never flags."THE NEW YORK TIMES"Splendidly entertaining . . . Joyce and Nabokov could produce verbal astonishments as readily. Not many others come to mind."TIME"

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"Splendidly entertaining . . . Joyce and Nabokov could produce verbal astonishments as readily. Not many others come to mind." --"Time "An old American sits in a mountain garden in Brazil, writing his memoirs. As he reminisces and writes, placing the pages carefully in his antproof case, we learn that he was a World War II ace who was shot down twice, an investment banker who met with popes and presidents, and a man who was never not in love. He was the thief of the century, a murderer, and a protector of the innocent. And all his life he waged a valiant, losing, one-man battle against the world's most insidious enslaver: coffee.In this novel, Mark Helprin's astounding prose combines adventure, satire, flights of transcendence, and high comedy in a "memoir" of a man whose life reads like the song of the twentieth century."Extravagant, daring . . . full of unexpected jolts of laugh-out-loud comedy . . . Helprin is one of the most ambitious novelists of our day." --"The Washington Post Book World""Stunning . . . [Helprin] speaks with the tongues of angels."--"San Francisco"" Chronicle"Educated at Harvard, Princeton, and Oxford, Mark Helprin served in the Israeli army, Israeli Air Force, and British Merchant Navy. He is the author of "Refiner's Fire, A Dove of the East and Other Stories, Winter's Tale, A Soldier of the Great War, Ellis Island and Other Stories, The Pacific and Other Stories, " and "Freddy and Fredericka. "He lives in Virginia.

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