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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All rivers run full to the sea; those who are apart are brought together; the lost ones are redeemed; the dead come back to life; the perfectly blue days that have begun and ended in golden dimness continue, immobile and accessible; and, when all is perceived in such a way as to obviate time, justice becomes apparent not as something that will be, but as something that is.

In the end, or rather, as things really are, any event, no matter how small, is intimately and sensibly tied to all others.

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By abandoning the constraints of storytelling, and seeking instead to infuse his narrative with the reverberations of scripture, Helprin reaches for effects that perhaps no novel can achieve. View all comments. The rest of the story is far too complex to attempt to explain. I survived this book! Mar 13, Stuart rated it it was amazing Recommends it for: This partly due to the excessive number of characters, all of whom fall a little short of being riveting.

How on Earth can trees look like women with their hands on their hips and their elbows out?

Edit after page I started it over three times and hellrin time I lost interest, lost track of what was going on, and I finally decided life was too short. Themes Mark Halperin has written a love song to New York, well, parts of it anyway.

‘Winter’s Tale’ fails to go with flow of Mark Helprin novel

Order by newest oldest recommendations. I want to write an entire book about this emotion. Of this, one is certain. Retrieved from ” https: I was startled when Conrad my friend, not the Heart of Darkness chap said he cried at the death of a character in another book Or, if he were on a boat, he turned it to the wind and stayed with the color for as long as it lasted. Mark Helprin beat me to it in Rightly used, it could inspire as well as comfort us.


Helprin takes us on a Journey through New York in a fantastic way. Able to fly and possessing extraordinary endurance, the white horse appears to be an angelic being.

There’s never any real winteer of arriving somewhere and learning something important and unique. Both the literal gates that surround the Battery in lower Manhattan and a set of four psychic gates that cities are supposed to have, resonating with the four parts of the novel visible, of course, only to people who are very, very special.

So what if Helprin’s political views make me want to spew in the nearest barf receptacle? He is a brilliant engineer and appears to have unlimited material resources for the job.

The plot spans over a hundred years, yet it was difficult to work out where you are in this timescale at any given point. But this is true love. I’d read it inand while I didn’t remember a lot of details, I do remember absolutely loving it.

Maybe you will like it more. C loudstreet by T im Winton Week The story is initially being told from the horse’s point of view, but it shifts after about 10 or so pages, never to return at least, not in the next 40 pages or so. We view ourselves as mechanisms. It is interesting that Jackson Mead’s stated goal “to stop time and bring back the dead”, in precisely these words, is widely associated with Peter Lake and in particular attributed to him on the back of the paperback edition.

Now I’m done, and I’m sorry to have woken up from a most magnificent dream.


WINTER’S TALE by Mark Helprin | Kirkus Reviews

Peter Lake’s as Mark Helprin insist on always refering to him by both names nemesis and former boss, Pearly Soames, isn’t much better – he’s the literary equivalent of Bluto from Popeye: How can this be? Well, what does an eighteenth-century knoll mean to you?


Whoever knows this is willing to suffer, for he knows that nothing is in vain. One night, in a dream or a vision, he is carried on a tour of all the graves of the world, observing and remembering all the dead. Come to think of it, all things gain complexity and depth as time passes in this story.


Winter’s Tale by Mark Helprin 1 17 Jan 02, Colin Farrell as … Peter Lakethe rock on which Mark Helprin builds much of his story, shares his genesis with the likes of Moses and Kal-El, set adrift as an infant in a small craft in New York harbor when his immigrant-wannabe parents are about to be turned away.

If anything, in fact, the novel seems to be a celebration of Helprin’s empyrean, breathtaking technique–his zeal for recapitulation, for enchanting the reader into timeless innocence and memory, for putting his sparkly material through hoop after hoop of painless fabulizing. Oh, but the book has brought a smile to my lips at last, because it does crackle so nicely in the flames. Many glowing reviews were written, by actual professionals, real reviewers — and many a copy was sold.

Peter Lake is a likable character, and his romance with Beverly Penn is an intriguing and touching one. The visuals are often fabulous with many memorable images but it’s perhaps a novel of brilliant setpieces rather than one of compelling narrative drive and consistency. View all 9 comments.