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"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 ...

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Overview

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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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780544320420
  • Publisher: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
  • Publication date: 1/7/2014
  • Edition description: Media Tie
  • Pages: 768
  • Sales rank: 40,973
  • Product dimensions: 5.20 (w) x 8.00 (h) x 2.00 (d)

Meet the Author

Mark Helprin

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.

Biography

Mark Helprin, a novelist, is a contributing editor of The Wall Street Journal. He is also a senior fellow of the Claremont Institute and a fellow of the American Academy in Rome. In 1996 he served as a foreign policy adviser to presidential candidate Bob Dole.

His books include A Dove of the East & Other Stories, Refiner's Fire, Ellis Island & Other Stories, Winter's Tale, Swan Lake, A Soldier of the Great War, Memoir From Antproof Case, A City in Winter, and The Veil of Snows.

Mr. Helprin was raised on the Hudson and in the British West Indies. He has degrees from Harvard College and Harvard's Graduate School of Arts and Sciences.

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    1. Hometown:
      Upstate New York
    1. Date of Birth:
      June 28, 1947
    2. Place of Birth:
      New York, New York
    1. Education:
      A.B., Harvard University, 1969; A.M., 1972. Postgraduate study at Oxford University, 1976-77.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 3, 2012

    Lovely story, inferior e book

    The story is ethereal. I found it difficult to believe that this was written in the early eighties, because in some places Helprin's descriptions of things - a workplace that sounds a lot like Google, for example - are just spot on. The language is almost Baroque at times, and there are clunkers here and there, but the overall effect is magical and timeless.

    It's a shame that the ebook version is so poorly rendered though. It seems clear to me that somebody just scanned in the text and never cleaned it up. There seem to be NO apostrophes at all, so that we're appears as were and the possessive appears as the plural. Sometimes random numbers or symbols appear in the text where presumably the scanner failed to recognize the character. This sort of sloppiness is insulting to both author and reader, and if you're going to charge me for a book I expect it to be in better shape than this, B&N.

    60 out of 66 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 25, 2003

    I love this book more with each re-read

    This is my favorite book of all time. Its a long tale so you must be patient when reading- but the story pays off in the long run. I fine myself checking the bookstore shelves to see if Helprin has written anything since! This story is magical and it makes you want to put yourself inside the narrative

    31 out of 34 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 9, 2001

    I think I'm in Love

    I don't think anything I could write here could do this novel justice. Winter's Tale is my all time favorite book. I just finished reading it for the second time and am absolutely speechless. Helprin's style of writing is poetic and you feel closely connected emotionally with all his characters. Its fantastic and realistic all at the same time. Its a long book to read, but I think most people will be surprised by how quickly you finish it. Once you're hooked, there's no way to put it down

    24 out of 31 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 10, 2001

    Intimations

    At the first breath of Winter, every year since putting the book aside, I find myself once again being aborbed into the mystical city represented in the novel. And when this happens I look for the first snowy day when I could return to lower Manhatten, and in a crowded, brawling kind of a place, find a corner seat where I could lap up grilled oysters over a glass of ale -- and immerse myself in the dream. Over the years this inclination has remained merely a fancy, a simple acknowledgement of the spell this book has cast on me. To be best enjoyed, this book 'should' be read on cold winter days with at least a hint of snow in the air.

    20 out of 24 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted December 9, 2010

    Totally fantastical, complicated and enthralling....totally Helprin

    I love Helprin's books. Once I read "A Soldier of the Great War", I was hooked. And now I have read every one of his books. ("Memoir from Antproof Case" is my favorite!) They're not easy reads, but they are so worth the effort. "A Winter's Tale" seems the most complex, at times hard to follow, over the top fantastical. But it is so worth finishing and knowing you have read this divine work. You simply have to remember that it's fantasy and then just float with it. Yes, the horse flies. Who says they don't? I couldn't begin to describe this story. I think only Mark Helprin could do that.

    19 out of 22 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted April 8, 2011

    Fanciful and Enchanting

    This book requires more than one reading. It is a masterful piece of fantasy and a total delight to the senses. The scenes are breathtaking and totally memorable.

    14 out of 16 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 14, 2000

    Mesmerizing!

    I bought this book at random while looking for a big book that would take me a long time to read - it took me less than 2 weeks! I could not put it down! I usually am not drawn to fantasy-based type stories and at first was a little disappointed when I realized this was that type of story. But the narrative was so poetic and rich I kept reading until I was hooked - I struggled to keep my eyes open long into the night while I read. A beautiful powerful story - highly recommended - let your imagination soar!!!

    14 out of 17 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted September 14, 2012

    One of my favorite books. Fantastical yet grounded in human emot

    One of my favorite books. Fantastical yet grounded in human emotions. I've read it repeatedly over the years until the pages are falling out and cover is soft, and each time, I find something new in the story that I didn't perceive or understand before. It is wonderful to be swept along with an author seemingly giddy with storytelling and words.

    11 out of 16 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 16, 2013

    Winters tale

    This book was a 600 page sleeping pill.

    10 out of 12 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 2, 2003

    helprin hangs from a star

    Perhaps the thing to be most admired about Winter's Tale is the scope of Mr. Helprin's compassion and humanity. The character's (all flawed, except for Beverly) all achieve a level of dignity and honor that most authors don't have the ability to evoke out of similar narrative styles. When Beverly finally passes, the degree of Peter Lake's grief is sublimely heroic. This book has carried me a few times and it always seems to be in mid-December when I need to be carried the most. Thank You Mr. Helprin

    10 out of 14 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 17, 2014

    Anonymous

    I love reading and am interested in a wide variety of books, including time travel stories. I was excited to read this book and see the movie (until I read the book). Unfortunately all the way through the 600 plus pages, I kept hoping I would get it. I didn't get it. About halfway through I thought it was strange that I did not know what the story was about. I now finished the book and I still do not know what the story was about.

    8 out of 9 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 30, 2014

    I would really like my money back

    It is extremely rare for me to dislike a book so much. But this is the second time I feel taken and cheated by this book; I bought it when it was first published and had apparently cleansed it from my mind bc I recently bought it again for my nook! I am extremely generous with authors - I want them to entertain me! I will try and try to find something worthwhile in almost every book I pick up. I am willing to believe the author put sincere effort in to their art. But I find nothing but arrogance in this work. That is the only explanation I can find for the excruciating, semi-poetic waste of language on a story that goes nowhere for and for no seeming purpose.

    8 out of 10 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 20, 2004

    Read and read gain and again and again

    I first read this book when it first came into paperback and this was my first Mark Helprin book. I have since read it at least five time and enjoyed it even more each time. The characters are magic and real while you know that all the pictorial aspects of this version of New York are totally unreal or realistic. Since then I have read a Soldier of the Great War and Refiners Fire. Both were very impressive but didn't 'speak' to me like Winters Tale. I am a fantasy freak. Buy and Enjoy.

    8 out of 12 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 1, 2004

    Magical, Lyrical, High Art

    The splendid author of A Soldier of the Great War, brings us something different in Winter's Tale. The difference isn't his mastery of prose-poetry. There are few ARTISTS of words as good today as Helprin. The difference is that the hard edges of Soldier are replaced by soft allusiveness here. It's almost as though the author is preening his talent for us - just to demonstrate his range. For anyone who likes beautiful writing, you must buy this book and A Solidier of the Great War too. Once you finish both, you'll know Helprin's working up to a magnum opus of some sort he's going to leave behind one of these days as his legacy to world literature. Unlike most of the beach trash on the shelves today, when you finish reading this, you'll know you're reading someone who'll be read in 100 years. Treat yourself.

    7 out of 9 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 20, 2001

    Enchanting over and over

    This is one of the few books ever that I could read over and over and never be afraid of knowing the ending. Helprin writes as a bird flies, and makes me lose myself in his world, sad to return to this one.

    7 out of 9 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 16, 2014

    disappointed

    the author was very wordy. He could have cut the book by 200 pages and still got the plot across. The plot was very confusing and didn't know who the different characters were as they were reintroduced. I can't imagine this being a successful movie if it was cast as the as the plot was played out.

    6 out of 6 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 6, 2014

    Sadly disappointed

    This is by far one of the hardest reads I have ever had to endure. The reviews of this book had me clinging to the hope of redemption to the bitter end as I was so excited about reading this book after seeing movie previews. My excitement was soon replaced by dread. The pages of descriptions and delay in revealing the storyline made me want to skim and skip constantly. It simply drags on and does not have a plot or climax worth the pain of getting through 600 pages. Disappointed:(

    6 out of 7 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 20, 2012

    Had potential

    Great descriptive writing, but takes you to a place of erratic timeline and incoherent plot. Only a fraction of the story is a love story. The descriptions of old New York are intriguing but not enough to carry a pointless story. I hear they are making a movie...I imagine it will be 5 hours long and released on dvd after two failed weeks at select, limited theatres.

    6 out of 8 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 22, 2012

    A Winter Tale

    On page 126. The writing is enchanting and to be savored slowly like a favorite taste. Unfortunately I am interrupted at least once a page by the appaling typing errors.
    I have owned one version or another of a Nook since they first became available and was very patient with errors of this type at the beginning. Clearly as the models are "improved" and offer more and more features, and of course cost more, it is past time for these kind of errors to exit at all let alone be so frequent. Its a big problem and brings the reader annoyingly out off the beautiful story time after time!
    Time to seriously get with the program B&N!

    6 out of 7 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 14, 2014

    I love to read. I like love stories, and mysteries and books th

    I love to read. I like love stories, and mysteries and books that make you think, fantasies and science fiction. I HATED this book. The flowery writing is confusing and I couldn't follow
    a lot of what was going on. I made myself finish it, and the ending was not worth it. I was left going "Huh?" I didn't get the symbolism (if that's even what it was) and it leaves a key character's ending hanging with,
    "That is a question you must answer within your own heart." 750 pages and I didn't get an ending? I have thrown 3 books in my life across the room I was so mad at the end, and this was #3.

    5 out of 5 people found this review helpful.

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