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"Splendidly entertaining . . . Joyce and Nabokov could produce verbal astonishments as readily. Not many others come to mind." --Time

An old American sits in a mountain garden in Brazil, writing his memoirs.  As he reminisces and writes, placing the pages carefully in his antproof case, we learn that he was a World War II ace who was shot down twice, an investment banker who met with popes and presidents, and a man who was never not in love. He was the thief of the century, a murderer, and a protector of the innocent. And all his life he waged a valiant, losing, one-man battle against the worlds most insidious enslaver: coffee.

In this novel, Mark Helprins astounding prose combines adventure, satire, flights of transcendence, and high comedy in a "memoir" of a man whose life reads like the song of the twentieth century.

"Extravagant, daring . . . full of unexpected jolts of laugh-out-loud comedy . . . Helprin is one of the most ambitious novelists of our day." --The Washington Post Book World

“Stunning . . . [Helprin] speaks with the tongues of angels.”—San Francisco Chronicle

Educated at Harvard, Princeton, and Oxford, Mark Helprin served in the Israeli army, Israeli Air Force, and British Merchant Navy. He is the author of Refiner's Fire, A Dove of the East and Other Stories, Winter's Tale, A Soldier of the Great War, Ellis Island and Other Stories, The Pacific and Other Stories, and Freddy and Fredericka. He lives in Virginia.

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An old American who lives in Brazil is writing his memoirs. An English teacher at the naval academy, he is married to a woman young enough to be his daughter and has a little son whom he loves. He sits in a mountain garden in Niterói, overlooking the ocean.As he reminisces and writes, placing the pages carefully in his antproof case, we learn that he was a World War II ace who was shot down twice, an investment banker who met with popes and presidents, and a man who was never not in love. He was the thief of the century, a murderer, and a protector of the innocent. And all his life he waged a valiant, losing, one-man battle against the worlds most insidious enslaver: coffee.Mark Helprin combines adventure, satire, flights of transcendence, and high comedy in this "memoir" of a man whose life reads like the song of the twentieth century.

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From the bestselling author of A Winter's Tale and A Soldier of the Great War comes a work of astounding prose. Helprin combines adventure, satire, flights of transcendence, and high comedy with memories of a place that no longer exists to tell the story of a man who, in the face of the world's cruelty, refuses to stop loving.

About the Author

Educated at Harvard, Princeton, and Oxford, MARK HELPRIN served in the Israeli army, Israeli Air Force, and British Merchant Navy. He is the author of, among other titles, A Dove of the East and Other Stories, Refiner's Fire, Winter's Tale, and A Soldier of the Great War. He lives in Virginia.

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lukas, March 25, 2014 (view all comments by lukas)
"You're an investment banker. That means you don't know how to do a goddamned thing but skim the top off the money that real people make." Mark Helprin's seen a surge in popularity thanks to the truly terrible looking film adaptation of his novel, "Winter's Tale." While you're waiting for that one, check out this eccentric, colorful and virtuosic "memoir" by a very likely (and likable) unreliable narrator. His picaresque life includes stints as a polite (shot down twice), investment banker, thief and quixotic anti-coffee advocate. There are touches of Marquez's spirited storytelling and Pynchon's absurd humor, but Helprin has a style and wit all his own. Bonus for being perhaps the only novel with "antproof" in the title.
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Product Details

ISBN:
9780156032001
Author:
Helprin, Mark
Publisher:
Harvest Books
Subject:
Historical
Subject:
Historical - General
Subject:
Fiction
Subject:
Brazil
Subject:
Domestic fiction
Subject:
Psychological fiction
Subject:
Literature-A to Z
Copyright:
Edition Description:
Trade Paper
Publication Date:
20070831
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Language:
English
Pages:
528
Dimensions:
8 x 5.31 in 0.92 lb

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"Synopsis" by ,
An old American who lives in Brazil is writing his memoirs. An English teacher at the naval academy, he is married to a woman young enough to be his daughter and has a little son whom he loves. He sits in a mountain garden in Niterói, overlooking the ocean.As he reminisces and writes, placing the pages carefully in his antproof case, we learn that he was a World War II ace who was shot down twice, an investment banker who met with popes and presidents, and a man who was never not in love. He was the thief of the century, a murderer, and a protector of the innocent. And all his life he waged a valiant, losing, one-man battle against the worlds most insidious enslaver: coffee.Mark Helprin combines adventure, satire, flights of transcendence, and high comedy in this "memoir" of a man whose life reads like the song of the twentieth century.
"Synopsis" by , From the bestselling author of A Winter's Tale and A Soldier of the Great War comes a work of astounding prose. Helprin combines adventure, satire, flights of transcendence, and high comedy with memories of a place that no longer exists to tell the story of a man who, in the face of the world's cruelty, refuses to stop loving.
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