Memoir From Antproof Case
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  • Memoir From Antproof Case

Memoir From Antproof Case

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by Mark Helprin
     
 

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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

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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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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

Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
Helprin's narrator writes his "memoir" as an old man, reviewing an extravagant and occasionally perilous life spanning many of the major events of the 20th century. (May)

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780156032001
Publisher:
Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
Publication date:
08/06/2007
Edition description:
Reprint
Pages:
528
Sales rank:
718,865
Product dimensions:
5.31(w) x 8.00(h) x 1.16(d)

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