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"Breathtaking. . . . Helprin is splendid, a major talent . . funnier and shrewder than Thomas Wolfe and much more accurate in his poetic exuberance." -- Los Angeles Times Book Review

"This novel stretches the boundaries of contemporary literature. It is a gifted writer's love affair with the language." -- Newsday

"Helprin is more than a major writer; he has all the makings of a great one." -- USA Today

"He has simply galvanized the universe." -- The Boston Globe

"Imaginatively engaging as well as entertaining, and it will find an eager audience." -- Library Journal

"Is it not so astonishing that a work so rooted in fantasy, filled with narrative high jinks and comic flights, stands forth centrally as moral discourse? It is indeed. . . . 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 De Mott, The New York Times Book Review

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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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Par Dolphin TOP 1000 COMMENTATEURS le 1 juillet 2012
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I discovered this book through a song, the hauntingly beautiful 'Beverly Penn' by The Waterboys (recently reissued as a piano demo for In A Special Place). I was intrigued by the lyrics which seemed particularly inspired, even by the high standards of that exquisite musical poet, Mike Scott. After reading the book, I discovered that the song movingly captures the essence of the main plot in this concatenation of stories. There are many threads, each one perfectly developed, taking place at times concurrently, but often in different spatial realities and it really takes the confident touch of a master story-teller to gather them and wrap up the whole wonderful unit in a most satisfying way, so that by the end, the reader feels that everything is right with this virtual world, at least.

This is a challenging book to describe but the best I can do is to say that it takes me away to another dimension in which I can happily reside for hours at a time. It's fantastic but also brutally realistic, historically valid but also gloriously fanciful. The key character, Peter Lake, is one of the most likeable literary creations I have ever encountered. We grow to love his quirky personality and admire his unpretentious inner beauty. With the news that this book is about to be made into a movie, I am particularly nervous about the actor choice for Peter Lake. Twenty years ago, Pierce Brosnan might have been suitable but now ...? There are many other players in this large cast to grow fond of (my other particular favourite is, of course, Beverly) and even some truly funny interludes; in fact I could often imagine Helprin giggling quietly to himself as he had fun with his own creations.
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My favourite book ...EVER. Bridges. New York. Beautiful Girls. Theives. Marshmen. Flying White Horses. Snow Chases. Love. Loveble characters. a Story like no other... Just need it to be a film.
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After noticing that this book was a feature in Fringe (the sci-fi TV series) I wanted to know more, maybe see if there was a connection to the plot line of the series. I have no idea if there is, aside from the main characters name Peter Lake, and some "time jumping", there wasn't much about it that ressembled or even hinted at the series.
The writing, the phrasing, turn of words in the book however are extremely intriguing. Some of the phrases were so cleverly written they had to be said aloud just to feel them on the tounge.
The plot was however quite confusing.
Despite the very visual descriptions and the desire to sympathise with the different personalities, it was next to impossible to see how they all connected and even where their entertwining stories were to end up.
The long narrative never gives satisfying conclusions to "end" and even lets the reader decide as to what really happens (or happened - the time jumping thing)
As I watch Fringe maybe there will be some hints from the book, who knows.
My lasting impressions were "Winter" yes, but why? that is the question!
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3.0 étoiles sur 5 A high-hearted romance; marred by low-rent Kindlization 22 août 2012
Par Szilard - Publié sur Amazon.com
Format: Format Kindle Achat vérifié
EDIT 26 Jan 2014: The Kindle version has been updated. I've only skimmed it, but I think it's no longer a mass of egregious, novel-destroying OCR errors. I'm not about to congratulate HMH for eventually releasing a credible product; nevertheless, it should be readable now.


I loved this book when I was a young'un; so romantic, high-hearted, exuberant. Revisiting now as a cumudgeon, I still think it's a fine piece of light reading, filled with joy and a love for language. But it's surely not great literature - the characters are not and never will be us, and the tale illuminates nothing of essence. Who cares, though? Well-executed pulp is a blessing and several million times better than television.

But the publisher, Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, must be driven into the wastelands for its shoddy Kindle version. This is yet another auto-OCR mess with no apparent proof reading effort. Errors on most pages, and a pathetic low-point: "half a" consistently rendered as "Haifa". Actually, even worse: "city" often becomes "dry".

How much would it have cost them to have a junior editor proof read and correct? Hardly anything, and failing to do this indicates contempt for their product and their customers.

I think they were coming out of bankruptcy when they released the Kindle version, and you can assume that the tawdry effort was part of a push to "monetize" their backlist at the lowest possible cost. But with this kind of attitude to quality, no surprise if they slip back into the pit before long.
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2.0 étoiles sur 5 Being generous to give it 2 stars! 22 décembre 2015
Par J Bartlett - Publié sur Amazon.com
Format: Broché Achat vérifié
I have absolutely no idea how this book can be rated as highly as it is by so many readers. I am being generous to give it 2 stars. I feel a sense of accomplishment for finishing it. Not because it is 750 pages, but because I wanted to quit from the time I was only a couple of hundred pages in. First of all, the synopsis on the back cover is quite misleading, giving the impression that the book is about the love story between Peter Lake and Beverly, and that after her death, he spends the rest of his life trying to figure out how to travel through time to be with her again. Not so much. She isn't even introduced until well into the book. Their love story, while intriguing doesn't last long before her eventual death and then she is barely mentioned again, while the reader is introduced to endless characters that you have no idea who they are or why you need to know them. My biggest issue with the book is the mindless, endless paragraphs, pages and even whole chapters that I struggled to make sense of or even care about, to the point that I was barely paying attention. At some point it became a chore. Not my cup of tea.
4.0 étoiles sur 5 Powerful writing 5 juin 2016
Par A customer - Publié sur Amazon.com
Format: Broché Achat vérifié
I'm on page 589 of this 748 page book and I'm not sure I can go on. Several reviewers have mentioned the book's length. Being somewhat of a minimalist, I have struggled through much of this verbose novel. At it's best, it is magical, recalling my childhood love of Hans Christian Andersen stories. The power of the winter scenes is intoxicating, and I find myself dwelling on images evoked in this story. Being someone who believes in reincarnation and the oneness of creation, I found this to be very moving. However, the story is complex, and I sometimes found characters confusing or irritating as they blathered on in their crazy ways. Of course, the author is conveying that many people do just that, so I can't fault him. It's just that I can't take as much as he's dishing up. I would personally like this book to be cut down in size.
Perhaps I'll finish it one day. I do think Mr. Helprin is an excellent writer and a visionary who has much depth.
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2.0 étoiles sur 5 Not really my cup of tea 10 février 2014
Par JAYNE C. RICHARDS - Publié sur Amazon.com
Format: Format Kindle Achat vérifié
This is a hard review for me to write. I wanted to love this book. I wanted to join the critical elite and gush about how wonderfully literate this book is, how the language captured me, and I loved every descriptive passage. But, the truth is, I didn't. I didn't love it, the language didn't capture me, and to be honest, after I finished about three quarters of it, I lost patience and skimmed the rest.

In fairness, I did enjoy the first section of the book which gave us Peter Lake's and Beverly's stories. I loved the white horse's part in Peter's life and the love Peter Lake showed for Beverly. After their part in the beginning, though, the narrative took a back seat to the language and the story began to drag. The subsequent characters were revealed much too slowly and their stories were somewhat lost.

If you enjoy a book that is driven by narrative, a page turner that keeps you enthralled, this book is not for you. If you enjoy HEAVY descriptive passages that go on interminably, you will love this. While I'm a fan of language and descriptions, I finally lost patience with the flow of this book and skipped to the end, which, I'll admit, still didn't capture me. There were some passages in the book that I highlighted, but it mostly felt like I was reading a textbook.

I love fantasy, and I'm certainly able to release reality and let a book take me to places I've never been, but this book fell flat. I wanted to read it in anticipation of the movie release, but now I'm rethinking taking in the film.

This review may make me seem like a plebian, illiterate fool, but so be it. This book just didn't hook me.

Can't say I would recommend this book to anyone. Except maybe my college freshman English professor. I really didn't like him.
3.0 étoiles sur 5 Doesn't say enough, but says it extremely well 9 août 2016
Par B. Anglin - Publié sur Amazon.com
Format: Format Kindle Achat vérifié
I wanted to love this book more. I will say that Helprin writes some of the most beautiful and imaginative prose I've ever read, sometimes managing to go from sublime to humorous in a single phrase. The themes definitely speak to me. However, I found the length of the meandering story to be self-indulgent and it all built up to an ending that didn't do much for me. If you want a crazy long, gorgeously written, weird and challenging story from the early 80s that is everything I wished Winter's Tale would be, you should read Little, Big by John Crowley. It's a lot like this, except perfect.
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