The Pacific and Other Stories by Mark Helprin

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A dazzling collection of short stories by Mark Helprin, bestselling author of Winter's Tale, which is now a major motion picture starring Colin Farrell, Jessica Brown Findlay, Russell Crowe, William Hurt, and Jennifer Connelly

The Pacific and Other Stories is a collection of sixteen stories that display the remarkable scope, incomparable wit, and deft prose that have come to be Mark Helprin's signature. A British paratrooper jumps into occupied territory; the 1958 New York Yankees gain an unexpected teammate in a puny, teenaged Hasidic Jew; a September 11th widow receives an astonishing gift from the contractor working on her new apartment—these and other stories exhibit the constantly changing variety of the ocean itself, the peaks and troughs of life. Lighthearted, glittering fables are met with starker tales that sound the depths of sacrifice and duty. The Pacific and Other Stories is a resplendent, powerful collection of lasting substance and emotional import.
 

About Mark Helprin

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MARK HELPRIN is the acclaimed author of Winter's Tale, A Soldier of the Great War, Freddy and Fredericka, The Pacific, Ellis Island, Memoir from Antproof Case, and numerous other works. His novels are read around the world, translated into over twenty languages.
 
Published June 28, 2005 by Penguin Books. 381 pages
Genres: Literature & Fiction, Business & Economics, History. Fiction

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Sixteen tales of war, love, the achingly beautiful past and the fallen present.

May 20 2010 | Read Full Review of The Pacific and Other Stories

The New York Times

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These stories not only fail to provide a durable showcase for Mark Helprin's instinctive gifts as a storyteller, but they also point up a growing sanctimony and schematism to his writing.

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The New York Times

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Mark Helprin's recent fiction has turned rigid, didactic and stoical.

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The New York Times

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Mark Helprin's recent fiction has turned rigid, didactic and stoical.

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Publishers Weekly

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As ambitious and imaginative as any of Helprin's past works (Memoir from Antproof Case ; Winter's Tale ; etc.), the 16

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Book Reporter

Helprin's greatness is in that he speaks to those "things that are great and never ending, that require a lifetime of work to do right, that are God's gift to man and fill the world with their abundance, that have not changed in thousands of years and never will."

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Bookmarks Magazine

where sadness carries the day from time to time but always evokes our better selves;

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