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Winter's Tale

Winter's Tale

Book rating: 05 Paperback

By (author) Mark Helprin

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  • Publisher: Wadsworth Publishing Co Inc
  • Format: Paperback | 748 pages
  • Dimensions: 134mm x 202mm x 54mm | 580g
  • Publication date: 1 June 2005
  • Publication City/Country: Belmont, CA
  • ISBN 10: 0156031191
  • ISBN 13: 9780156031196
  • Edition statement: Reissue
  • Sales rank: 9,855

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Now a major motion picture New York Times bestseller "Utterly extraordinary . . . A piercing sense of the beautiful arising from narrative and emotional fantasy is everywhere alive in the novel . . . Not for some time have I read a work as funny, thoughtful, passionate or large-souled . . . I find myself nervous, to a degree I don't recall in my past as a reviewer, about failing the work, inadequately displaying its brilliance." - Benjamin DeMott, "New York Times Book Review" Mark Helprin's masterpiece will transport you to New York of the Belle Epoque, to a city clarified by a siege of unprecedented snows. One winter night, Peter Lake - master mechanic and second-storey 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. His great struggle is one of the most beautiful and extraordinary stories of American literature. "He creates tableaux of such beauty and clarity that the inner eye is stunned." - "Publishers Weekly" "This novel stretches the boundaries of contemporary literature. It is a gifted writer's love affair with the language." - "Newsday"

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By Dr. Gary R. Munn 20 Oct 2013 5

I am so glad to see that you still carry this wonderful novel. It should be in the Library of anyone who enjoys a mixture of History, Fantasy, and Surrealism. I first read this book before a visit to New York City, where I had not been since I was a child. It was so much fun, and a real advantage, when I went sight seeing, because the story is written around the History of New York and some of its most famous buildings. I have recommended this book to so many, and given at least TEN as gifts. To me, it is a shame that everyone has not read this magical novel. I personally have read it THREE TIMES, and plan on doing it again, now that I see that a movie is being released in February 2014, with a marvellous cast, directed and adapted by AKIVA GOLDMAN!!!
It was named as one of the TOP 100 novels of the 20th Century in many lists, and very near the top in mine!

By Rebecca Lloyd 18 Nov 2010 5

Having lost, in the past twenty years, not one but two copies of Winter?s Tale by lending to ?friends? I am looking forward to delivery of my third and final copy and will not be sharing it with anyone!

This is a beautiful story that starts with a thief and ends with a bridge and has a cast of fabulous characters in between.

I read this book first when I was 16, and kept that copy til the cover had almost fallen off (before then first lending incident). The second copy I picked up at 25, and re-read with just as much pleasure, paying an exorbitant return fee after leaving it in a hotel room as it was already scarce in bookshops. Then off it went in the second lending incident.

Thank goodness for the apparently limitless shelves of the Book Depository.

Highly recommend Winter?s Tale to anyone who enjoys a deft hand at magical realism, who feels that some cities are actually alive, and who may have a soft spot for a rejuvenated milkman?s horse.

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"He creates tableaux of such beauty and clarity that the inner eye is stunned." - Publisher's Weekly Mark Helprin's magical masterpiece will transport you to New York of the Belle Epoque, to a city clarified by a siege of unprecedented snows. One winter night, Peter Lake - master mechanic and master second-storey 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 who is 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. His great struggle is one of the most beautiful and extraordinary stories of American literature. "This novel stretches the boundaries of contemporary literature. It is a gifted writer's love affair with the language." - Newsday "Is it not astonishing that a work so rooted in fantasy, filled with narrative high jinks and comic flights, stands forth centrally as a moral discourse? It is indeed . . . . I find myself nervous, to a degree I don't recall in my past as a reviewer, about failing the work, inadequately displaying its brilliance." - Front Page, The New York Times Book Review A New York Times Bestseller 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, among other titles, Refiner's Fire, Ellis Island and Other Stories, Winter's Tale, A Soldier of the Great War, Memoir from Antproof Case, The Pacific and Other Stories, and Freddy and Fredericka.