Wednesday, December 4, 2013

Group Read: Get Ready for Winter's Tale by Mark Helprin

Grad Student and I are elbows deep in Winter's Tale by Mark Helprin, the next group read for YAF & WS.  This book is a commitment  of almost 700 pages that I lugged on Amtrak for Thanksgiving only to be envious of GS's Nook version... but it is magical, wintry, and full of cities and snowy mountains. 
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, attempts to rob a fortress-like mansion on the Upper West Side.
Though 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 dying.
Peter Lake, a simple, uneducated man, because 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 beseiged by unprecedented winters, is one of the most beautiful and extraordinary stories of American literature.
As we have mentioned before, this is coming out as a movie in February with a magical trailer, we jumped on this story of love and winter and it could not be more appropriate for the season!  So if you have some time on your hands, grab a copy!

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