Winter's Tale by Mark Helprin

74%

19 Critic Reviews

...talemaking of avid genius, rarely silly or cheap, frequently stunningly poetic--but also more than a little stupefying and show-offy, without the core of seriousness that gave focus and integrity to John Crowley's similar Little, Big...
-Kirkus

Synopsis

Now a major motion picture 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. “This novel...is a gifted writer’s love affair with the language” (Newsday).
 

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 September 20, 1983 by Mariner Books. 770 pages
Genres: Literature & Fiction, History, Science Fiction & Fantasy. Fiction
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All: 19 | Positive: 13 | Negative: 6

Kirkus

Good
on Apr 03 2012

...talemaking of avid genius, rarely silly or cheap, frequently stunningly poetic--but also more than a little stupefying and show-offy, without the core of seriousness that gave focus and integrity to John Crowley's similar Little, Big...

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NY Times

Excellent
Reviewed by Benjamin De Mott on Sep 04 2008

Not for some time have I read a work as funny, thoughtful, passionate or large-souled.

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Guardian

Good
Reviewed by David Barnett on Dec 14 2010

...I am...carried along by Helprin's lyrical prose and surreal depiction of New York, and the cold and snow that permeate his every paragraph.

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Guardian

Good
Reviewed by David Barnett on Dec 14 2010

It's wonderful and perplexing and philosophical...

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Blog Critics

Below average
Reviewed by Tresillian on Nov 17 2009

There are sections in which the plot seems to take off and the tension builds so quickly that you can hardly put the book down. Then there are so many passages that are truly bizarro that you just want to throw it across the room. At the end of the day, I'm glad I read this book, but I sure wouldn't do it again.

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Blog Critics

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Reviewed by Tresillian on Nov 17 2009

There are sections in which the plot seems to take off ...Then there are so many passages that are truly bizarro that you just want to throw it across the room...I'm glad I read this book, but I sure wouldn't do it again.

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Blog Critics

Above average
Reviewed by Chad Orzel on Nov 10 2008

This is a wonderful book, in the most literal sense possible-- it's full of wonder, and wonders. But I can't say I know what to make of it, other than that.

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Pajiba

Good
Reviewed by Jan U, on Feb 06 2013

...Winter’s Tale is one of those books that once you’ve started in, it grabs hold of you by the lapels and stares you down...

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Open Letters Monthly

Excellent
Reviewed by Steve Donoghue on Feb 18 2010

Joyful little hoots pop up all through this book, and they fit so well with the solemnities that you can only stand in sheer awe of the work it must have required to write this book.

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Tor

Below average
Reviewed by CHRIS LOUGH on Feb 11 2014

...although Winter’s Tale is one of the most memorable books you’ll probably ever read, it’s also one of the most frustrating. You can read it from start to finish and never know what happened in the story.

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People

Excellent
on Nov 07 2008

...the magic of this novel is not so much that the author obstinately searches for those treasures, but that he so often finds them.

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Chamber Four

Above average
Reviewed by Eric Markowsky on Dec 16 2010

The writing is lyrically beautiful and always pitched towards maintaining the epic feel of the novel overall.

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Boomtron

Above average
on Feb 06 2013

...Winter’s Tale makes for a rewarding but hard and faulty read. If you need and want to be challenged do right ahead, if not, beware.

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Geek Speak

Excellent
Reviewed by Kate Nagy on Feb 06 2013

His descriptions are so wonderfully compelling I can’t begin to do them justice.

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Birmingham Public Library

Above average
Reviewed by David Blake on Aug 27 2014

The patient reader will be rewarded with vivid scenes that will linger long in the mind’s eye. Winter’s Tale has been loosely translated into a recent film which is truer to the book’s imagery than to its plot and is worth viewing in that respect. Winter’s Tale—nothing short of amazing.

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The Oddness of Moving Things Blog

Below average
on Mar 28 2014

I can’t say this was a bad book, because it was excellently written, but I can say it was too damn long...I would probably say pass.

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I Was Angelized 1st

Above average
Reviewed by Tiffany Brown on Jan 20 2014

Winter’s Tale is a great book, but only if you suspend all belief and just go with the flow. A nonsensical book with a beautiful message.

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http://www.sheilaomalley.com

Excellent
Reviewed by Sheila on Feb 08 2010

As a New Yorker, as someone who loves this place, his book brought me to tears of love, which is a very strange thing, and a very beautiful thing...A masterpiece of the 20th century.

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http://timlepczyk.com

Below average
Reviewed by Timothy A. Lepczyk on Mar 03 2014

The fantasy and dense descriptions will either grab a reader or turn them away. With interesting characters and a uniquely imagined New York, it’s worth checking out, but if you find yourself lost in the Peppermint Forest with Peter Lake, don’t beat yourself up over it.

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