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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New York City is subsumed in arctic winds, dark nights, and white lights, its life unfolds, for it is an extraordinary hive of the imagination, the greatest house ever built, and nothing exists that can check its vitality. One night in winter, Twle Lake, orphan and master-mechanic, attempts to rob a fortress-like mansion on the Upper West Side.

Though he thinks the house is empty, the daughter of the house is home. Thus begins the love between Peter Lake, a middle-aged Irish burglar, and Beverly Penn, a young girl, who is dying. Peter Lake, a simple, uneducated man, because of a love that, at first he does not fully understand, is driven to stop time and bring back the dead.

Belprin great struggle, in a city ever alight with its own energy and besieged by unprecedented winters, is one hepprin the most beautiful and extraordinary stories of American literature.

Goodreads helps you keep track of books you want to read. Want to Read saving…. Want to Read Currently Reading Read. Refresh and try again. Open Preview See a Problem? Thanks for telling us about the problem. Return to Book Page. Preview — Winter’s Tale by Mark Helprin. Winter’s Tale by Mark Helprin. Though he thinks the house i New York City is subsumed in arctic winds, dark nights, and white lights, its life unfolds, for it is an extraordinary hive of the imagination, the greatest house ever built, and nothing exists that can check its vitality.

Paperbackpages. Published June 1st by Mariner Books first published To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up. To ask other readers questions about Winter’s Taleplease sign up. Is it as confusing and frustrating as the movie adaptation?

Stephanie The movie has no right to call itself ‘Winter’s Tale. Do you think this would be a good book club book? I’m trying to decide between Winter’s Tale and The Son as my pick Gary Barnett Only if your book club is able to span genres and handle an epic masterpiece that was pp long in hard cover. I have read it yearly since it was …more Only if your book club is able to span genres and handle an epic masterpiece that was pp long in hard cover. I have read it yearly since it was published.

You might say I am a Winter’s Tale fanatic… less. See all 10 questions about Winter’s Tale…. Lists with This Book. Jan 15, Michael J. Tiffany rated it did not like it Recommends it for: I have no doubt that there are worse works of fiction in existence, but this is the worst one I’ve read. It is written for people who like the sound of language in their head, who want to feel long streams of words washing over them. Judging by the popularity and success of this author, and others like Proulx, there are a lot of those people.


But it’s a terribly low standard that, in this case, gives us page after page of constructions like this: What makes a tree-covered knoll an 18th century one? How on Earth can trees look like women atle their hands on their hips and their elbows out?

Groves are, by definition, small; if it looks hellprin, don’t call it a grove! I swear I’m not being unfair in my quotation-picking. Before writing this review, I flipped back through the book at random, finding some ludicrously juvenile word dumps every time I stopped.

Hilariously, you don’t need to hlprin my word for it; because this kind of self-indulgence draws attention to itself, Mark Helprin fans actually post little collections of individual sentences as testaments to his greatness. Can you imagine doing that with Steinbeck? Would that be the way to capture their greatness? Ironically, then, Helprin’s fans — and many professional critics — like him for the very reasons I think he’s awful: But evocative of what?

Well, winfer does an eighteenth-century knoll mean to you? View all comments. I wasn’t planning to read this book againwhen my friend Lynn picked it for our October “real life” book club selection. I’d read it inand while I didn’t remember a lot of details, I do remember absolutely loving it. And then it happened At the September meeting, the attacks started.

And could somebody please tell me just what the heck a ‘cloud wall’ is supposed to be? Or was I just young and stupid and idealistic when I read it? It still casts a spell, and the same things that enthralled talle over 25 years ago still gripped. Sounds wonderful, doesn’t it? What’s wrong with the women hepprin my book club?

True, Lynn and I are the only members who are not grandmothers, but does getting older mean you have to lose your hwlprin sense of wonder AND imagination? Will I be able to change the hearts and minds of these women so married to their drab tales of marital crisis and family strife?

I’ll make sure I eat dessert first, just in case they kick me out! ANDif you’ve read this far The shelf was filled with books ta,e were hard to read, that could devastate and remake one’s soul, and that, when they were finished, had a kick like a mule.

Please, fellow readers, don’t settle. Look for books that leave you feeling skinned and kicked, tape, breathless, awake, panting, hungry, and glad to be alive. Dec 26, Will Byrnes rated it really liked it Shelves: The last thing Mrs. I refer not only to its page length, but to its ambition. There are a few here. 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 dinter in New York harbor when his immigrant-wannabe parents are about to be turned away.

Foundling Peter is raised by a group known at Baymen, an unusual band that is part deep interior bayou folk and part Native Americans. His helprih is the primary character-driven thread here.

We see Peter and this world from the beginning of the twentieth century to the turn of the millennium. Peter makes his way from Dickensian street urchin to mechanic to gang-member and burglar, to something grander.

Listo as … Athansor is a great white horse, the stuff of legends, which comes in handy when there are impossible distances to be leapt and rescues or escapes to be effected.


Pearly would like to send Peter to meet his maker with extreme prejudice for a betrayal we will learn about later. Athansor and Peter gallop through this imaginary version of New York, doing things like snatching hats off policemen and dashing through a theater in mid-performance. A real hoofer on Broadway If you think this is the beginning of a beautiful friendship, you would be right.

Hi, ho, Athansor, Away!

Season’s readings: Winter’s Tale by Mark Helprin

Jessica Brown Findlay as … Beverly Penn is a consumptive year-old they upped her to 21 for the film heiress who suffers so from the fever of her condition that she sleeps on the roof in winter in order to cool off. Cue the Drifters She is playing the piano when she is startled, seeing Peter as he is in the process of burglarizing the family home.

Having had a vision that something significant would be changing her life, it seems clear to her that the something is the criminal element in her living room. She has other visions as well, visual and auditory perceptions of a reality beyond that of which mere mortals are aware. There are other large figures in the story, and other story lines, but these are the main ones. Russell Crowe as Pearly Soames with his droogies Short Tails The author is not content to weave a tale around his maybe-doomed lovers, but offers us other couples to tote some of that emotional freight.

We meet families at various points in their history. A tot in one section becomes a capitalist scion in another, for example. I will spare you too much plot summary, or a fuller list of characters. Even by my generous standards it would be excessively long.

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helpin But I have included a link to hwlprin a blow-by-blow in the Extra Stuff section if that helpdin useful. Suffice it to say that in upstate New York there is a Brigadoon-like town known as The Lake of the Coheeries, and some pretty magical things take place there. No, you do not have to wait a hundred years before it appears.

It actually does not appear on any maps, but can be accessed if you know how. It is the source for several of our additional characters, and some fabulously creative images.

It lies beyond the crucible zone that surrounds the city, substituting a huge hill of ice and snow as a barrier for the white clouds that enclose the city farther south. But all this seems a maguffin for the real business here, which lies in the themes being addressed.

Themes Mark Halperin has written a love song to New York, well, parts of it anyway. There is a stunning lyricism to his descriptions of the city, alive with romantic vision, yet also fueled qinter a dose of paranoia and class fear. Small matters like free will, the nature of existence, the relationship between the rational and the spiritual, the nature of time, justice, mortality. Helprin argues that the spiritual must accompany the rational or the result is a soulless existence.