Season’s readings: Winter’s Tale by Mark Helprin. A very modern fantasy set in a snowbound turn-of-the-century New York, this isn’t obviously. Winter’s Tale [Mark Helprin] on *FREE* shipping on qualifying offers. Now a major motion picture New York Times bestseller Utterly extraordinary. From the very first sequence here (a white milk-cart horse bounds over the newly- built Brooklyn Bridge in a bid for freedom), Helprin makes it.

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Kind of like people building stylish turrets, gates and columns into their McMansions – they think they make them look fabulous but in reality it’s just dumb.

Mark Helprin’s epic novel ‘Winter’s Tale’ turned to slush on screen – The Boston Globe

Do not read this book if you can’t see the magic and love in the world around you. I really looked forward to reading it, and was actually excited at the prospect of immersing myself into the world that Mark Helprin created, and losing hours for the story that he told, wimter deep into the night. He’s kind of a riot, and possesses an Irish you’ll come to find that while he’s not an authentic Irishman, he owns the title for a reason wit that is inexhaustible, though not overstated. All the word misuse I was highly offended at the misuse of “sesquipedalean” among others was not fanciful, the ridiculous names not whimsical.

My choices will cross conventional boundary lines of genre, style and historical period—indeed, one of my intentions in this project is to show how the conventional labels applied to these works have become constraining, deadening and misleading.

Yet such passages are typical tape Helprin’s mystical tone.


Now, if that’s the kind of writing you enjoy reading, you’ll be thrilled to know that “Winter’s Tale” is chock full of the stuff – over pages worth to be exact! I will admit that there are passages – often whole chapters – that I s I can see why this book has its detractors. The character of Peter Lake, who couldn’t seem to die is unforgettable, as is Beverly, the woman who couldn’t stop loving him even after her death.

There’s a white horse. First off, there were just too many characters well over a hundred of them and it was too hard to keep track of who was who and as a result many of the characters were one dimensional and it was hard to care about them.


I thought it was a turgid mess of cutesiness and magical realism, and I was rolling my eyes so much I finally had to stop. Also, I was really irritated by the fact that Helprin constructs a pretty pretty world with a vengeance, without bothering to present any of the rules that govern it, apart from the Inherent Nobility of the Human Spirit.

You have to devour it slowly, and let the magic weave its way into your mind. Apr 09, Lori rated it it was amazing.

Winter’s Tale

There’s no need to have every character repeat the blathering. Thanks for telling us about the problem. It lies beyond the crucible zone that surrounds the city, substituting a huge hill of ice and snow as a barrier for the white clouds that enclose the city farther south.

Peter Lake does span the whole novel, but he spends the final part in a daze of incomprehension which I shared. Oh, I couldn’t stay away, the horse thinks, that’s why I am so willing to break out of my owner’s barn – simply strutting the streets of Manhattan in my horsey way makes it worth the beating that I’m sure to get when I return!

Welcome to my year of magical reading.

Winter’s Tale by Mark Helprin: Plot and Quotes

At least, not for me. Essentially, it’s a writer with prodigious resources of vitality and mental agility enjoying himself. Winter’s Tale was published in The spheres are crashing and the green felt is cowering and the angles are all aligning — and it comes pretty close to being squirmingly bad, a moment when one feels a bit embarrassed for the author.

Aug 30, Rachel rated it liked it. The people who she talks to are so dazzled by her sparkling conversation that they end up giving her a hrlprin starting yesterday as a columnist no less.

There’s a villain named Pearly who heads the menacing “short tails” gang. Helprin’s style of writing is like the ocean, deep and dark, quietly ebbing and flowing, eroding the edges of continents, but also confident and strong, churni My dad gave me a copy of this book for Christmas one year, and it sat on my shelf for a while until one day I had nothing to read.


It was the City Of Books, and this was the kind of book, nay, the Very Kind and most-principal example, that was written then, and by rights most highly regarded by the Reading Citizenry to deck the halls and paper the walls.

The story was far too drawn out! The one that people rave about endlessly like it saved them from suicide in the middle of a dreary night, and all you can think about is how you would have been spared the current agonizing conversation if they had just done it. What is he telling with this story? It is interesting that Jackson Mead’s stated goal “to stop time and bring back the dead”, in precisely these words, is widely associated with Peter Lake and in particular attributed to him on the back of the paperback edition.

The Crystal World Ballard, J. But I have included a link to such a blow-by-blow in the Extra Stuff section if that seems useful. The white horse appears on the first pages of the book, saving Peter Lake who is being pursued by the Short Tails. May 23, Bart rated it liked it Recommends it for: Winter’s Tale held the promise of being a book that I would have loved: A real hoofer on Broadway If you think this is the beginning of a beautiful friendship, you would be right.

Consider the following passages: G ulliver’s Travels by J onathan Swift Week How can such purity sustain itself? After reading Winter’s Tale, I think I decided I didn’t want to go to New York any more, I wanted to go to Helprin’s New York, and I can’t think of a better time to go than when the pavements are thick with frost and the snow flurries around deserted streets.

The inscription on the monument tals to the bridge as the “eternal rainbow”, a simile used by Jackson Mead. The Lake of the Coheeries is very effectively magical.