Season’s readings: Winter’s Tale by Mark Helprin. A very modern fantasy set in a snowbound turn-of-the-century New York, this isn’t obviously. Winter’s Tale [Mark Helprin] on *FREE* shipping on qualifying offers. Now a major motion picture New York Times bestseller Utterly extraordinary. From the very first sequence here (a white milk-cart horse bounds over the newly- built Brooklyn Bridge in a bid for freedom), Helprin makes it.

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Thanks for telling us about the problem. Or was I just young and stupid and idealistic when I read it? I have started it a half dozen times in the past, and always put it down before. And from wimter “There was a white horse, on a quiet winter morning when snow covered the streets gently and was not deep and the sky was swept with vibrant stars, except in the east, where dawn was beginning in a light blue flood.

Not people who say they like to read but only do so occasionally einter lightly.


This book is magic. Though he thinks the house i New York City is subsumed in arctic winds, dark nights, and white lights, its life unfolds, for it is an extraordinary hive of the imagination, the greatest house ever built, and nothing exists that can check its vitality. D angerous L a ughter by S teven Millhauser Week The book is full of such idiosyncratic truisms, trying to blind the reader with its succession of endless images of snow and winter and lure him into believing that they’re experiencing a truly lyrical moment.

I haven’t finished reading it yet, even though I’ve made it from the front cover to the back cover at least four times now. But oh, if only the pages really were stuck together to the point that it was impossible to read another horribly written page.

It’s the first book I’ve read that’s accurately nailed that feeling I sometimes have that I’d’ve been more at home living in another century entirely. Sep 14, Derek rated it it was ok.


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For instance the battle between the two newspapers was just boring to read, unnecessary to the plot and went on for too long pages and should have been cut from the book. G ulliver’s Travels by J onathan Swift Winted I’ve carried his wordsmith magic in me for decades, afraid that perhaps I remembered it to be greater than it was, that my awe was that of an impressionable, lonely kid.

wnter F ifth Business by R obertson Davies Week Apr 08, Helena rated it it was amazing Recommends it for: Even by my generous standards it would be excessively long. Suffice it to say that in upstate New York there is a Brigadoon-like town known as The Lake of the Coheeries, and some pretty magical things take place there.

I believe it would have been a better book with a tighter focus and about two hundred or so fewer pages. Virginia’s daughter is resurrected by Peter Lake. Athansor is separated from Peter Lake when they both crash into the cloud wall but gets reunited with him towards belprin end of the story.

There’s never any real sense of arriving somewhere and learning something important and unique. We have a Jesus baby, we have lineage, and then there’s the romance story, too, complete with otherworldly superpower protection born of true love.

Why did we wintre about Beverly’s so called prophecy of the little girl wiinter the last 50 pages of the book? Where other authors deliver precision in a few sentences, he provides vagueness in heoprin paragraphs—intentionally, no doubt, and with the plan of hinting at grand things “through a glass darkly,” but in a manner that will leave some readers just as frustrated as others are exhilarated with his intimations of a more majestic city behind the visible one. It is absolutely, without a doubt, one of the most amazing books I have ever read in my entire life.

But even here our author is coy, and holds back from explaining the transformations afoot. And if this isn’t enough, she’s dying. Other Book Industry Professional.


So far, she’s seen nothing that is bad wintre her. I could not read more; it may happen in the real life, I admit people are strange and often enough, winteg insane and depraved, we already know that: Also, she has some random stranger fall in love with her instantly see the theme? It was also a love poem to New York City.

True, there are plenty of other New York novels, and many are more accurate than this alternate history, or more sharply plotted, or richer in character and dialogue.

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But I have included a link to such a blow-by-blow in the Extra Stuff section if that seems useful. Winter’s Tale 1 2 Jan 02, There are moments in this book so good that they make the reader forget to breathe. I can’t even type the title without flying into fits of rage.

Helprin’s style of writing is like the ocean, deep and dark, quietly ebbing and flowing, eroding the edges of continents, but also confident wibter strong, churning into a raging storm dragging all and sundry down to the depths.

There was a lot of subplots and irrelevant passages in this book that did nothing to forward the plot which should have been cut out by the editor. Also, I hate absolutes.

I don’t think I’ll ever read another book by Mark Helprin again. Beverly’s father says about her that she had seen the Golden Age. And the result is talemaking of avid genius, rarely silly or cheap, frequently stunningly poetic–but also more than a little stupefying and show-offy, without the core of seriousness that gave focus and integrity to John Crowley’s similar Little, Big