In Sunlight and in Shadow by Mark HelprinIn Sunlight and in Shadow by Mark Helprin

In Sunlight and in Shadow

byMark Helprin

Paperback | October 1, 2013

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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 fiance 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 "
MARK HELPRIN is the acclaimed author of Winter's Tale, A Soldier of the Great War, Freddy and Fredericka, The Pacific, Ellis Island, Memoir from Antproof Case, and numerous other works. His novels are read around the world, translated into over twenty languages.
Title:In Sunlight and in ShadowFormat:PaperbackDimensions:720 pages, 8 × 5.31 × 1.76 inPublished:October 1, 2013Publisher:Houghton Mifflin HarcourtLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0544102606

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Rated 1 out of 5 by from An astonishing slog Oh, I finished this book alright. I wasn't about to let it defeat me and it tried, believe me, it tried. Why did I stick with it? So I could justifiably say unkind things about it. It's an astonishing slog. It wants to be great, this novel, and it tries so hard but I'd sooner suggest you repeatedly knock yourself about the head with a large frozen fish than subject your brain to this terrible book.
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Rated 4 out of 5 by from Read it for the escapism I found i had to seriously apply myself to get through this book, but once I got absorbed in it I much enjoyed reading it. The books is FAR better than the movie, but still i found it didn't flow well and it was a bit of work for me to stick to it to finish the whole book.
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Rated 4 out of 5 by from Worthwhile, even if it is a tome I rarely read fantasy, but the writing in this novel is wonderful. I was incredulous to how Helprin could make dense descriptions flow so beautifully. The underlying philosophies and thoughts that surface are beautiful too. However, I did find that it took too long for all of the disparate characters and stories to tie together.
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Rated 4 out of 5 by from beautifully Written this book is not for everyone, but a beautifully written story. the way it was written reminded me of "Grapes of Wrath" Story is different but the way it makes you feel. Absolutly love this book will definetly re-read
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Rated 1 out of 5 by from Longest book everrrrrr Confusing and mind numbing! I kept expecting magical greatness that would make it all make never came. The focus was too great on creating a fantastical story, that it failed to deliver an actual, cohesive story.
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Rated 1 out of 5 by from SAVE YOURSELF! I have to agree with Janice. I am annoyed to think of how many reading hours I won't get back. I bought this for my husband and, when he said he couldn't get into it, I thought I'd give it a go. After all, I bought it based on a newspaper recommendation. I stuck it out until the bitter end! It is not that the book is not well written, it's that the plot is just impossible, convoluted and a weirdo type of fantasy. It just didn't grab us in the slightest. Sorry Mr. Helprin, not my cup of tea!
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Table of Contents

Prologue vii
Boat to St. George: May, 1946 1
Overlooking the Sea 12
Her Hands and the Way She Held Them 24
The Moon Rising over the East River 30
Catherine’s Song 45
In Production 55
And There She Was 68
What You’re Trained to Do 92
Georgica 102
Distant Lights and Summer Wind 119
Overcoats 135
Changing Light 145
Billy and Evelyn 152
Conversation by the Sea 174
Gray and Green 188
The Abacus 196
The Glare of July 201
The Whole World 213
Spectacles 220
The Gift of a Clear Day 232
The Beach Road 241
Young Townsend Coombs 248
The Settee 261
The Economics of Hot Water 272
The Wake of the Crispin 284
Speechless and Adrift 310
The Evening Transcript 316
Lost Souls 333
James George Vanderlyn 353
Baucis and Philemon 360
Crossing the River 375
The Highlands 405
Pathfinder 412
Glorious Summer 436
Vierville 468
Snow 480
Catherine 520
Counsel and Arms 536
Office in Madison Square 574
The Train from Milwaukee 585
Red Steel 597
A Passion of Kindness 603
The Letter 623
In the Arcade 652
Catherine Rising 670
The Horse and His Rider He Hath
Thrown into the Sea 694
In the Arms of an Angel 712

Editorial Reviews

In its storytelling heft, its moral rectitude, the solemn magnificence of its writing and the splendor of its hymns to New York City, the new novel 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? The harmonization of the dual climaxes results in passages so gorgeous and stirring that I was moved to read them outloud. That is fitting, because the writing throughout "In Sunlight and in Shadow" sounds as though it were scored to some great choral symphony. Harry himself says it best: "My view is that literature should move beyond opinion, where music already is, and old age, if we're lucky, may lead." - Sam Sacks, The Wall Street Journal 'Helprin has written another expansive novel, as if no one has yet alerted him that the novel is dead. Here it is, a poetic and likely enduring rendering of New York just after the Second World War, a love story that pines for love but even more fervently for an industrious and ascendant America that is no more and maybe never was.aǪ In Sunlight and In Shadow matters. It is a novel, with all of the presumption and ambition and sense of transport that that word once carried when it was the bossaǪIf his latest novel is a book out of time, perhaps it holds clues as to where the novel ought to go from here.' - Mark Warren, Esquire "New York, New York, it's a wonderful town! And Mark Helprin's new near-epic novel makes it all the more marvelous. It's got great polarized motifs - war and peace, heroism and cowardice, crime and civility, pleasure and business, love and hate, bias and acceptance - which the gifted novelist weaves into a grand, old-fashioned romance, a New York love story? Helprin does several things extraordinarily well: He fights for and wins our close sympathy for his characters, even as he delivers afull-throated rendering of life at war and life at peace (with a little of each in the other). He also pays wonderful attention to the natural world, such as that New York spring that opens the story, the changing of seasons, dawn in France and winter in Germany during the war, such domestic matters as 30 minutes of kisses, and the rue and wonder of a great love affair. I was desperately disappointed, though, by the end of this grandly charming and deeply affecting novel - but only because it ended." - Alan Cheuse, NPR 'Helprin's delightful new novel is a 705-page mash note to Manhattan in the years immediately following World War II. Like Winter's Tale, the 1983 bestseller that made his name, it's a paean to women and their beauty - and above all to romantic love and its abiding poweraǪHelprin paints a dazzling portrait of the city during a particular moment in history and evokes the universal, dizzy delight of falling head over heels in loveaǪWise, saturated with sensory detail and beautifully written, Sunlight celebrates the unquenchable bliss of existence.' - Robin Micheli, People Magazine 'Passionate, earnest, nostalgic, and romanticaǪThroughout the novel he splashes down paeans to virtue and beauty you'd have to be heartless not to enjoyaǪ' - Liesl Schillinger, The New York Times Book Review "Prose seems too mundane a term for Helprin's extravagant way with words and emotions? Just when you think 'In Sunlight and in Shadow' might float away into the ether, lofted by the sheer beauty of his sentences, he brings it down to earth with a shrewd comment on the speech patterns of Catherine's ultra-privileged social class, or a vividly specific account of the production process at the West 26th Street loft that houses Harry's high-end leather goods business? 'In Sunlight and in Shadow' is at heart a romance, not just the romance of two attractive young people but the romance of life itself. - Los Angeles Times " 'In Sunlight and in Shadow' is a sensational and perfectly gripping novel: a love story, a tribute to the fighting spirit of World War II, a hymn to the majesty of New York." - The Washington Post "This flamboyantly anti-realistic novel is more symphonic prose poem than narrative. It is a paean to love, idealized, and also a love letter to New York City in all its rhythms, human and natural, its moods, weathers, changing colors of sky and water. The writing is so highly lyrical and lovely that sometimes my aesthetic receptors clogged with a surfeit of beautiful language. . . .I succumbed to its idiosyncratic spell. - Minneapolis Star-Tribune "Helprin is gifted at writing about war - not just combat, but the vastly complex and contradictory world that surrounds combat - and the passages describing Harry's wartime experiences are? lyrical, thrilling and at times astonishing? 'In Sunlight and in Shadow,' like all of Helprin's novels, exists to remind us that? it is sometimes wiser and more fulfilling to cherish our deepest ideals than to mock them." - Chicago Tribune "In the long sweep of his textured, absorbing look at life in New York City in the middle of the 20th century, Mark Helprin talks about many big issues, yet always gives them a human face. . . .Precise yet transcendent turns of phrase put readers right beside the couple as they deal with the circumstances? Helprin has demonstrated once again the ability to make readers experience what Harry tells Catherine everyone must have: 'the friction, the sparring with the world, that you need to feel alive.' " - St. Louis Post-Dispatch " 'In Sunlight and in Shadow' takes a huge bite out of one very complex Apple, blending aspects of its art and commerce into a story that pulses not just with romance, but also with an energy befitting America's most vibrant city. Helprin is a master of his material." - Seattle Times "Helprin, acclaimed author of Winter's Tale,A Soldier of the Great War and many other works, creates a wonderfully rich picture of New York City and its environs, its social classes and its manners both before and during the postwar period of 1946-47." - Dallas Morning News "