Winter's Tale (Movie Tie-In Edition)

Paperback | February 1, 2014

byMark Helprin

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Now a major motion pictureNew York Times bestsellerUtterly 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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Now a major motion pictureNew York Times bestsellerUtterly 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 recal...

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.

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:768 pages, 7.69 × 7.61 × 1.99 inPublished:February 1, 2014Publisher:Houghton Mifflin HarcourtLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0544320425

ISBN - 13:9780544320420

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Rated 1 out of 5 by from I lost too many hours of my life reading this. It's been many years since I've read any book this bad. I went to see the movie and enjoyed the film but felt that there were too many plot holes so I decided to buy and read the novel to see what was left out. The first 215 pages of the book, until the disappearance of Peter Lake, were great and worth reading. But this is probably where the book should have ended. The last 500 odd pages were complete nonsense and, frankly, were not necessary or related to the main story and difficult to understand or comprehend. The entire concept of the story was lost in these later pages. Characters appeared and then disappeared quickly and were never actually needed or necessary. I was becoming so confused that I suddenly couldn't decide if this was supposed to be a love story or a sci-fi/fantasy. The love story was lost after the 215th page. Contrary to what the reviewers on the book jacket stated, this novel was actually a difficult read and, at times, I felt that maybe I should have a dictionary by my side while I read. This novel was neither funny, thoughtful or extraordinary as was written by the reviewers. Sentences and sometimes whole paragraphs left me breathless due to their length. The writer does not seem to believe in periods! By the time I had hit the 700th page, I had totally lost interest in the "new" story and started skipping paragraphs to finish the book off. I am just going to purchase the film and enjoy that version instead. This is one of the rare examples where the film is actually much better than the book! I can't believe the many hours I spent and lost reading this garbage.
Date published: 2014-06-30
Rated 1 out of 5 by from Winter's Tale What a total waste of my time. I'm not the fastest reader so I kept thinking of all the books I could've been reading instead of this. It was a bookclub read and I read every word of it. Seriously, who cares about all the stuff he droned on about. This felt like a school textbook. I have hundreds of books in my house but this one is going to the recycle bin!!
Date published: 2014-02-21