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Winter's Tale

FREE READ ¹ Winter's Tale READ Ñ PRIMACLEANSEPLUSUK.CO.UK Í Mark Helprin REVIEW Winter's Tale Mpts to rob a fortress like mansion on the Upper West SideThough he thinks the 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 dyingPeter Lake a simple uneducated man becau. Flowery and ultimately meaninglessThere are many beautifully descriptive passages mostly of the wind snow the best are those concerning the magical horse Althansor Unfortunately there are many of them and I found my heart beginning to sink whenever another chapter began with another beautifully descriptive passage about the wind snowI never did discover a plot The human characters came and went without any real impact either on the story or on me although the magical horse is characterized probably better than most Peter Lake does span the whole novel but he spends the final part in a daze of incomprehension which I shared The occasional moments of drama all resolved easily and without any great surprisesI was irritated by the wholesale dismissal of non central characters but it seemed I was expected to believe in the city I am reluctant to call it New York because it is obviously not a real place and care what happened to itIn the end I felt no attachment to the city and it seemed finally that the author didn t either

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FREE READ ¹ Winter's Tale READ Ñ PRIMACLEANSEPLUSUK.CO.UK Í Mark Helprin REVIEW Winter's Tale 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 atte. I have no doubt that there are worse works of fiction in existence but this is the worst one I ve read It is written for people who like the sound of language in their head who want to feel long streams of words washing over them Judging by the popularity and success of this author and others like Proulx there are a lot of those people But it s a terribly low standard that in this case gives us page after page of constructions like this Across the river was an eighteenth century knoll with trees standing upon it like peasant women with arms akimbo and the spotlight of the sun firing their green tops while black shadows below suggested a grove of infinite proportions Disregard the grammar What makes a tree covered knoll an 18th century one How on Earth can trees look like women with their hands on their hips and their elbows out Groves are by definition small if it looks infinite don t call it a grove I swear I m not being unfair in my uotation picking Before writing this review I flipped back through the book at random finding some ludicrously juvenile word dumps every time I stopped Hilariously you don t need to take my word for it because this kind of self indulgence draws attention to itself Mark Helprin fans actually post little collections of individual sentences as testaments to his greatness Can you imagine doing that with Steinbeck Hemingway Faulkner Would that be the way to capture their greatness Ironically then Helprin s fans and many professional critics like him for the very reasons I think he s awful the construction of individual sentences draw attention to themselves which is particularly convenient if you re writing a newspaper book review and they are intent on being evocative as an end in itself a kind of Platonic evocativeness But evocative of what Well what does an eighteenth century knoll mean to you Brave New Knits juvenile word dumps every time I stopped Hilariously you don t need to take my word for it because this kind of self indulgence draws attention to itself Mark Helprin fans actually post little collections of individual sentences as testaments to his greatness Can you imagine doing that with Steinbeck Hemingway Faulkner Would that be the way to capture their greatness Ironically then Helprin s fans and many professional critics like him for the very reasons I think he s awful the construction of individual sentences draw attention to themselves which is particularly convenient if you re writing a newspaper book review and they are intent on being evocative as an end in itself a kind of Platonic evocativeness But evocative of what Well what does an eighteenth century knoll mean to you

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FREE READ ¹ Winter's Tale READ Ñ PRIMACLEANSEPLUSUK.CO.UK Í Mark Helprin REVIEW Winter's Tale Se 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 besieged by unprecedented winters is one of the most beautiful and extraordinary stories of American literatur. Wow This is the worst magical realism book I ve ever read and I ve read Salman Rushdie s Fury Bottom line is that I don t mind crap but I do mind deadly dull crap Everything happens without much point even within the universe of the book Why would a super idealistic newspaper run a column entitled The Mayor Looks Like an Egg Period Why is it that the one horrid person in the universe is a complete buffoon What was the point of the horse other than a deus ex machina Why did the little girl die in the first place What is the point of her coming back to life Why did we hear about Beverly s so called prophecy of the little girl in the last 50 pages of the book And worst of all why is there that complete copout of for what happened to Peter Lake it must be left to the reader s imagination My imagination s pretty strong I could have imagined what happened to him about 500 pages before it was actually asked of me Such a pointless waste of timeI m going to make an exception and write a review even before I m done with it because I m not sure I ll remember or even want to when I m done with it I can t remember where I read it but I did I swear that Mark Helprin did not consider Winter s Tale to be Magical Realism In fact I remember him being downright snooty about the kind of fiction that came from South America He s right No matter what criticism you can level at One Hundred Days of Solitude the one thing you cannot say is that it s incoherent The magic there works in conjunction with the story and does not stick out like some sore thumb What is he telling with this story If winter was a tree this would be a Terrence Malick movie Characters are not half well described as the beloved snow drifts and some weird cloud wall that may or may not surround New York In fact the characters could be replaced by a piece of cardboard and we would not know the difference These are not people they are types How many people will fall in love as soon as they see a person How many times will Helprin insist that this is true love How can such purity sustain itself It s not the only pure concept either I mean how many times are we going to get beaten on the head with there is nothing beautiful than the sight of a just city rejoicing in justice alone Alright we get it There s no need to have every character repeat the blathering Does he think that if it s repeated often enough it will become true The women of this thing deserve their own paragraph Beverly the first one is an impossible character to exist She s too beautiful to exist but exist she does Animals in the stars talk to her as she lies in the specially made rooftop room and she writes down euations explaining the workings of the universe She makes things happen The most villainous of people turns into mush well he sleeps when she s around And if this isn t enough she s dying By consumption The one disease that enhances beauty rather than ravaging it She s unspoiled before she hops into bed with a thief and a stranger for no other reason than she s horny But this is true love Then there is Virginia Not as impossibly beautiful as Beverly seriously there s no match for her but still perfect Add to that she talks like a lexicologist at a seminar which I found mind numbing but what do I know The people who she talks to are so dazzled by her sparkling conversation that they end up giving her a job starting yesterday as a columnist no less But she being oh so very humble decides to start from the bottom She has this lovely attribute of dreaming the future So far she s seen nothing that is bad for her Also she has some random stranger fall in love with her instantly see the theme and nicely for her he s young handsome and believes her crazy fantasies True love Edit after page 373 More random people falling in love this time via a wall And of course when they finally meet the girl is beautiful and the man not bad at all What is the purpose of introducing so many characters I wonder other than to make them fall in love with each other More about the horse which to me doesn t serve any purpose other than rescuing Peter Lake whenever Pearly Soames corners him Why is it even there And I find it hilarious that there is a character in the book who talks like she is raping the dictionary Why that is exactly how I feel about Helprin when I run into an endless description of snow

  • Paperback
  • 748
  • Winter's Tale
  • Mark Helprin
  • English
  • 28 January 2020
  • 9780156031196

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    REVIEW Winter's Tale PDF KINDLE (Winter's Tale) BY Mark Helprin Mark Helprin Í 1 FREE READ The last thing Mrs Gamely said to her daughter was “Remember what we are trying to do in this life is to shatter time and bring back the dead” Winter’s Tale is a BIG book I refer not only to its 748 page length but to its ambition It is a big book about big ideas and it takes some big characters to realize the author’s ambition There are a few here Colin Farrell as Peter Lake the rock on which Mark Helprin builds

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    REVIEW Winter's Tale Mark Helprin Í 1 FREE READ READ Ñ PRIMACLEANSEPLUSUK.CO.UK Í Mark Helprin Ulysses is the most important book in my life Winter's Tale is my favorite If Ulysses is like that boyfriendgirlfriend with whom you're Totaly Fucking In Love and with whom you constantly fight and break up and get back together and cheat on

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    REVIEW Winter's Tale PDF KINDLE (Winter's Tale) BY Mark Helprin READ Ñ PRIMACLEANSEPLUSUK.CO.UK Í Mark Helprin If it’s possible for a novel to establish its author as a good writer but a poor novelist Winter’s Tale might be the book to do it Helprin has great talent for description good talent for language remedial talent for storytelling and almost nothing that resembles perspectiveThere’s a passage somewhere between pages 600 and 700 where

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    Mark Helprin Í 1 FREE READ READ Ñ PRIMACLEANSEPLUSUK.CO.UK Í Mark Helprin PDF KINDLE (Winter's Tale) BY Mark Helprin Flowery and ultimately meaninglessThere are many beautifully descriptive passages mostly of the wind snow; the best are those concerning the magical horse Althansor Unfortunately there are many of them and I foun

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    PDF KINDLE (Winter's Tale) BY Mark Helprin I've got little chance of meeting my reading challenge this year because I keep reading books that weigh than I do This one runs to al

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    PDF KINDLE (Winter's Tale) BY Mark Helprin READ Ñ PRIMACLEANSEPLUSUK.CO.UK Í Mark Helprin Wow This is the worst magical realism book I've ever read and I've read Salman Rushdie's Fury Bottom line is that I don't mind crap but I do mind deadly dull crap Everything happens without much point even within the universe of the book Why would a super idealistic newspaper run a column entitled The Mayor Looks Like an Egg Period? Why is it that the one horrid person in the universe is a complete buffoon? What was the point of the horse o

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    PDF KINDLE (Winter's Tale) BY Mark Helprin Mark Helprin Í 1 FREE READ READ Ñ PRIMACLEANSEPLUSUK.CO.UK Í Mark Helprin So what if Helprin's political views make me want to spew in the nearest barf receptacle? He created Peter Lake and I don

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    REVIEW Winter's Tale PDF KINDLE (Winter's Tale) BY Mark Helprin READ Ñ PRIMACLEANSEPLUSUK.CO.UK Í Mark Helprin Wow This book is magic And I do not mean it is magical to read but that literally it contains magicLet me start by stressing that this novel is for READERS Not people who say they like to read but only do so occasionally or lightly Or even those who do delve into many wonderful works but only when the stars are aligned This is a rewarding and wondrous book for those who will actually take time for it and real

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