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ISBN13: 9780156031196
ISBN10: 0156031191
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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, Peter Lake — orphan and master-mechanic, attempts to rob a fortress-like mansion on the Upper West Side.

Though he thinks hte 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. His great struggle, in a city ever alight with its own energy and beseiged by unprecedented winters, is one of the most beautiful and extraordinary stories of American literature.

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"[I]maginatively engaging as well as entertaining." Library Journal

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"A gifted writer's love affair with the language." Newsday

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"He creates tableaux of such beauty and clarity that the inner eye is stunned." Publisher's Weekly

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

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Mark Helprin's magical 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 master 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 who is 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.

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A bestseller that takes readers on a journey to New York of the Belle Epoque, where Peter Lake attempts to rob a Manhattan mansion only to find the daughter of the house at home. Thus begins the love between the middle-aged Irishman and Beverly Penn, a young girl who is dying.

About the Author

Mark Helprin has written for the Atlantic Monthly, the Wall Street Journal, the New Yorker, and the New York Times, among many other publications. His collection The Pacific and Other Stories was published in the fall of 2004. He lives in Virginia.

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WY, February 11, 2014 (view all comments by WY)
This is the first book I ever read by Mark Helprin, and it's the reason why I'm hooked on his writing. His use of language is stunning, and he makes New York into a magical yet very real land at the same time. I love his use of magical realism in a place which I thought I knew.
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Poethead, February 9, 2014 (view all comments by Poethead)
Winter's Tale by Mark Helprin (not to be confused with A Winter's Tale by William Shakespeare) is my favorite book of all time, and I have read a lot of books. I have heard many others say the same. This story covers it all: time travel, the power of love, mythology, good versus evil. It is a large book, but don't let that deter you. You won't be able to put it down. When I finished the book, I hugged it; I loved it that much. I highly recommend this wonderful read.
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creativecaravan, August 4, 2012 (view all comments by creativecaravan)
This is my favorite book of all time. The wordcraft is amazingly rich and beautiful. As you read, you can see, hear, taste, smell and feel every passage. Mark Helprin is the master of words and symbolism. He creates a surreal world that one can really believe exists. Don't let the large number of pages intimidate you. It is such a flowing and enjoyable book. If you love words and magic, this book provides both. Enjoy!
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Product Details

ISBN:
9780156031196
Author:
Helprin, Mark
Publisher:
Mariner Books
Subject:
General
Subject:
Supernatural
Subject:
Reincarnation
Subject:
General Fiction
Subject:
Historical fiction
Subject:
Fantasy fiction
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Literature-A to Z
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Edition Description:
Trade Paper
Publication Date:
20050601
Binding:
Paperback
Language:
English
Pages:
768
Dimensions:
8 x 5.31 in 1.52 lb

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Product details 768 pages Mariner Books - English 9780156031196 Reviews:
"Review" by , "[I]maginatively engaging as well as entertaining."
"Review" by , "A gifted writer's love affair with the language."
"Review" by , "He creates tableaux of such beauty and clarity that the inner eye is stunned."
"Review" by , "Is it not astonishing that a work so rooted in fantasy, filled with narrative high jinks and comic flights, stands forth centrally as a 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."
"Synopsis" by , Mark Helprin's magical 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 master 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 who is 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.
"Synopsis" by , A bestseller that takes readers on a journey to New York of the Belle Epoque, where Peter Lake attempts to rob a Manhattan mansion only to find the daughter of the house at home. Thus begins the love between the middle-aged Irishman and Beverly Penn, a young girl who is dying.
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