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smiley reader, July 6, 2013 (view all comments by smiley reader)
Like Helprin's book, Winter's Tale, In Sunlight and in Shadow is filled with rich language and images which make it impossible to read quickly. This book reminded me of why, at once time, Mark Helprin was my favorite author.
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preale, January 2, 2013 (view all comments by preale)
A beautifully written book.
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LUCAS WILLETT, January 1, 2013 (view all comments by LUCAS WILLETT)
Stunning narrative description, compelling story. A Helprin classic!
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Pamela Ager, September 30, 2012 (view all comments by Pamela Ager)
I'm a big fan of Mark Helprin & have been awaiting another book for a while now. I've just read "an excerpt" of In Sunlight and in Shadow, and I CAN HARDLY WAIT! If you enjoy language you can taste and settings you can wrap yourself in to keep warm, here's an author for you. (And the stories aren't bad either.)
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"Publishers Weekly Review" by , "Three decades after his seminal Winter's Tale, Helprin offers another sprawling novel in which New York City is the participatory backdrop of a love story that begins as an American idyll only to be vexed by a legion of postwar anxieties. One day in 1946, Harry Copeland — recently of the 82nd Airborne and heir to his father's leather goods company — spots Catherine Hale, a well-heeled songstress with a Bryn Mawr pedigree. The two fall immediately in love, despite the objections of Catherine's powerful fiancé, and Catherine's career is savaged in the fallout of this star-crossed affair, which, from Penn Station to the Ritz and back to Harry's heroics behind enemy lines, swells to operatic grandeur over the course of 700 pages, drawing specters like anti-Semitism and the Mafia into its orbit and concluding with a desperate, violent scheme that will bring Harry's wartime expertise to bear on his sense of justice. And yet, neither love nor New York has ever seemed less complicated: despite excellent set pieces, Helprin's prose is often ham-fisted, his characters thin, and his invocations of Gotham Americana jingoistic. Still, there's fun to be had, particularly when Gatsbyesque descriptions of 'the great financial houses' run for pages, but subtlety is not the author's strong suit, and the lack of moral ambiguity in his larger-than-life characters registers as a missed opportunity. Agent: Wendy Weil." Publishers Weekly Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.
"Review" by , "A fine adult love story — not in the prurient sense, but in the sense of lovers elevated from smittenness to all the grownup problems that a relationship can bring."
"Review" by , "In this prodigious, enfolding saga of exalted romance in corrupt, postwar New York, resplendent storyteller Helprin creates a supremely gifted and principled hero....Helprin's suspenseful, many-stranded plot is unfailingly enthralling. The sumptuous settings are intoxicating."
"Review" by , "In its storytelling heft, its moral rectitude, the solemn magnificence of its writing and the splendor of its hymns to New York City, the new novel is a spiritual pendant to Winter's Tale, and every bit as extraordinary."
"Review" by , "If [Helprin's] latest novel is a book out of time, perhaps it holds clues as to where the novel ought to go from here."
"Review" by , "Helprin's delightful new novel is a 705-page mash note to Manhattan in the years immediately following World War II....Wise, saturated with sensory detail and beautifully written, Sunlight celebrates the unquenchable bliss of existence."
"Review" by , "Passionate, earnest, nostalgic, and romantic....Throughout the novel he splashes down paeans to virtue and beauty you'd have to be heartless not to enjoy."
"Review" by , "In Helprin's rhapsodic rendering...In Sunlight and in Shadow is at heart a romance, not just the romance of two attractive young people but the romance of life itself."
"Review" by , In Sunlight and in Shadow is a sensational and perfectly gripping novel: a love story, a tribute to the fighting spirit of World War II, a hymn to the majesty of New York.
"Review" by , "Helprin is gifted at writing about war — not just combat, but the vastly complex and contradictory world that surrounds combat — and the passages describing Harrys wartime experiences are...lyrical, thrilling and at times astonishing....In Sunlight and in Shadow, like all of Helprin's novels, exists to remind us is sometimes wiser and more fulfilling to cherish our deepest ideals than to mock them."
"Review" by , "In the long sweep of his textured, absorbing look at life in New York City in the middle of the 20th century, Mark Helprin talks about many big issues, yet always gives them a human face....Precise yet transcendent turns of phrase put readers right beside the couple as they deal with the circumstances...[of] a literary love story that rivals those celebrated in earlier classics. And Helprin has demonstrated once again the ability to make readers experience what Harry tells Catherine everyone must have: 'the friction, the sparring with the world, that you need to feel alive.'"
"Synopsis" by , An epic love story set in post-war New York by the bestselling author of Winter's Tale.
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