Knockout Narratives Sale

Special Offers see all

Enter to WIN a $100 Credit

Subscribe to
for a chance to win.
Privacy Policy

Visit our stores

    Recently Viewed clear list

    Original Essays | January 30, 2015

    Charles Baxter: IMG Writers and the Bottle

    Why are people so interested in drunk writers? Recently I was sent a very interesting nonfiction book, The Trip to Echo Spring: On Writers and... Continue »

Qualifying orders ship free.
Used Mass Market
Ships in 1 to 3 days
Add to Wishlist
Qty Store Section
1 Beaverton Literature- A to Z

More copies of this ISBN

A Soldier of the Great War


A Soldier of the Great War Cover

ISBN13: 9780380715893
ISBN10: 0380715899
Condition: Standard
All Product Details

Only 1 left in stock at $4.95!


Synopses & Reviews

Publisher Comments:

On his, last long walk, septuagenarian war hero, deserter,and professor Alessandro Giuliani shares his past with an illiterate young factory worker — spinning a remarkable tale of heart-stopping escapes, of loves unrequited and won, of madmen, dwarfs, and mafiosi. But overshadowing all is hismost miraculous and terrible adventure, the Great War — a surreal parade of horrors that devastated and defined Alessandro, yet enabled him to experience fully the magic and beauty of the absurd human comedy called life.

From Mark Helprin bestselling author of Winter's Tale and Memoir from Antproof Case, comes a magnificent epic adventure in which the hero reckons with love, loss, beauty,honor; and mortality.

About the Author

Mark Helprin is the author of A Dove of the East and Other Stories,Refiner's Fire,. Ellis Island and Other Stories,Winter's Tale and Memoir from Antproof Case.He has been honored with the Jewish Book Awardand the Prix de Rome for his works.He lives in upstate New York.

What Our Readers Are Saying

Add a comment for a chance to win!
Average customer rating based on 3 comments:

lukas, January 9, 2015 (view all comments by lukas)
"What is war, that rolls through history and is more terrible than death, but in whose folds life is vitally compressed more than in the most glorious peace?”
Mark Helprin's sprawling, capacious, beautiful novel is nothing less than one of the great books of our time and perhaps the best war novel of the last 25 years. Set before, after, and mostly during World War I, it follows the story of Alessandro, a romantic and lover of beauty, who enters a brutal war, in which he is soldier, prisoner, deserter, and survivor. One of the blurbs one the back compares it to "All Quiet on the Western Front" and "A Farewell to Arms," but screw that, Helprin's book is bigger and better, encompassing a wide range of emotions and experiences that is truly breathtaking. Why this isn't a more famous and celebrated novel is baffling. Also, check out "Winter's Tale" and "Memoir from Ant Proof Case."
Was this comment helpful? | Yes | No
Elizabeth O'Callaghan, January 2, 2010 (view all comments by Elizabeth O'Callaghan)
I really enjoyed the characters, the location (Italy), the adventure, the romance, and family saga. A great historical novel.
Was this comment helpful? | Yes | No
Susan Baird, January 1, 2010 (view all comments by Susan Baird)
This is an account of WWI from a unique perspective; not only is the soldier Italian but he is a student and then a professor of aesthetics --- and so the entire book details the astonishing beauty of even atrocious conditions. Beautifully written, as it ought to be.
Was this comment helpful? | Yes | No
View all 3 comments

Product Details

Helprin, Mark
New York :
Aged men
Aged men -- Italy -- Fiction.
War & Military
Older men
Series Volume:
Publication Date:
Mass Market Paperbou
6.90x4.25x1.29 in. .75 lbs.

Other books you might like

  1. The Elegance of the Hedgehog
    Used Trade Paper $6.50
  2. Special Topics in Calamity Physics
    Used Book Club Paperback $1.95
  3. The Curious Incident of the Dog in... Used Mass Market $4.50
  4. A Story Like the Wind (Harvest/HBJ Book) New Trade Paper $21.95
  5. Perfume the Story of a Murderer Used Trade Paper $6.95
  6. Winter's Tale
    Used Mass Market $3.50

Related Subjects

Fiction and Poetry » Literature » A to Z
History and Social Science » American Studies » Popular Culture

A Soldier of the Great War Used Mass Market
0 stars - 0 reviews
$4.95 In Stock
Product details 736 pages Avon Books - English 9780380715893 Reviews:
  • back to top


Powell's City of Books is an independent bookstore in Portland, Oregon, that fills a whole city block with more than a million new, used, and out of print books. Shop those shelves — plus literally millions more books, DVDs, and gifts — here at