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Winter's Tale

Helprin, Mark

(Book - 1983)
Average Rating: 3 stars out of 5.
Winter's Tale
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When master mechanic Peter Lake attempts to rob a mansion on the Upper West Side, he is caught by young Beverly Penn, the terminally ill daughter of the house, and their subsequent love sends Peter on a desperate personal journey.

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Publisher: Orlando : Harcourt, c1983, [2005]
ISBN: 9780156031196
0156031191
0156001942
9780156001946
Branch Call Number: FICTION HELPRIN 2005
Characteristics: 748 p. ;,21 cm

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True love is powerful but will it be enough to stop the death of a consumptive young woman and her middle-aged lover?

Join the discussion on Jan. 12, 2015. One winter night, Peter Lake — master mechanic and second-storey man — attempts to rob a fortress-like mansion on the Upper West Side. Though he thinks it is empty, the daughter of the house is home. Thus begins the affair between a middle-aged Irish burglar ... Read More »

It's really hard to summarize the plot of this book, but let me just say that it's not easy-- it's a whole lot of book with a bazillion characters-- but it's full of pleasures: New York City, lots of snow, the power of love, time travel, terrifying turn-of-the-century mobsters. Also, some of the ... Read More »

When master mechanic Peter Lake attempts to rob a mansion on the Upper West Side, he is caught by young Beverly Penn, the terminally ill daughter of the house, and their subsequent love sends Peter on a desperate personal journey.

The catalog description makes it sound kind of snoozy, (like Moby Dick would be "young man takes job on whaling boat, hijinx ensue with his whaling bros and moody boss") but my understanding is that there is TIME TRAVEL and amazing descriptions of New York in the winter. Snow and time t... Read More »


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Dec 03, 2014
  • lukasevansherman rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

"A sad tale's best for winter."-Shakespeare

Jul 08, 2014
  • StarGladiator rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

I really enjoyed Helprin's writing and certain specific passages of the book were truly lyrical in nature. Might not appeal to everyone, but then I've always despised Moby Dick, and some actually enjoyed that.

Apr 11, 2014
  • chriscostanzo rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

I loved this book so much half way through I went out and bought it. I want to keep it on my shelves!

Pennie Clark Ianniciello, Costco's book buyer, has chosen Winter's Tale by Mark Helprin as her pick of the month for March 2014.

I love this book. I re-read it every year.

Feb 04, 2014
  • BTVS rated this: 1 stars out of 5.

This new age dream state writing does not appeal to me. I struggled for 100 pages and gave up. Too much implied violence, neglect and dark humour.

Aug 18, 2013
  • GummiGirl rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

The first time I tried to read this, many years ago, I gave up in the middle. I finally took it up again and read it to the end, after reading "The Golem and the Jinni" which has a somewhat similar theme (and which I'd also highly recommend). It's dense but highly rewarding. Set aside a good block of time (in my case a week's vacation) and some preconceptions about time and reality, and enjoy!

Aug 09, 2012
  • kayjuni rated this: 4.5 stars out of 5.

I'm pretty sure I do not pocess the skills to properly describe this book. It's beautifully written and had me wishing the New York Helprin created in it really exsisted. Don't expect all your questions to be answered or expect easy moralization. There is good and bad, light and dark, stars and snow, past and future/past. Helprin's language makes everything in his New York beautiful, even the ugly parts.

Nov 22, 2009
  • ScorchingSun rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

Just a gorgeous novel. Magical and enchanting. Deeply moving.

Aug 26, 2008
  • lindeeana rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

Great read. Time is stretched over several generations, all in the winter. Reading this book has been known to cause the weather to lock into winter for the duration of the reading.

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