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Mark Helprin

Forfatter af Winter's Tale

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Mark Helprin was born in Manhattan, New York on June 28, 1947. He received degrees from Harvard College and Harvard's Graduate School of Arts and Sciences, and did postgraduate work at the University of Oxford, Princeton University, and Columbia University. He has served in the British Merchant vis mere Navy, the Israeli infantry, and the Israeli Air Force. He is the author of numerous novels including Refiner's Fire, A Soldier of the Great War, Memoir from Antproof Case, Freddy and Fredericka, and In Sunlight and In Shadow. Winter's Tale was adapted into a movie in 2014. His short story collection, Ellis Island and Other Stories, was nominated for a National Book Award in 1981. His other short story collections include A Dove of the East and Other Stories and The Pacific and Other Stories. He also writes children's books including Swan Lake, A City in Winter, and The Veil of Snows. He has received several awards including the National Jewish Book Award, the Prix de Rome, the Peggy V. Helmerich Distinguished Author Award in 2006, and the Salvatori Prize in the American Founding in 2010. (Bowker Author Biography) vis mindre
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Værker af Mark Helprin

Winter's Tale (1983) 4,634 eksemplarer
A Soldier of the Great War (1991) 1,760 eksemplarer
Freddy and Fredericka (2005) 987 eksemplarer
Memoir from Antproof Case (1995) 898 eksemplarer
Swan Lake (1989) 659 eksemplarer
In Sunlight and in Shadow (2012) 560 eksemplarer
The Pacific and Other Stories (2004) 466 eksemplarer
Ellis Island and Other Stories (1981) 436 eksemplarer
A City in Winter (1996) 428 eksemplarer
Refiner's Fire (1978) 404 eksemplarer
Paris in the Present Tense: A Novel (2017) 316 eksemplarer
The Veil of Snows (1997) 236 eksemplarer
The Best American Short Stories 1988 (1988) — Redaktør — 156 eksemplarer

Associated Works

The Arabian Nights : Their best-known tales (1993) — Introduktion, nogle udgaver747 eksemplarer
The World of the Short Story: A 20th Century Collection (1986) — Bidragyder — 452 eksemplarer
Sudden Fiction International: Sixty Short-Short Stories (1989) — Bidragyder — 208 eksemplarer
Stories of the Sea (2010) — Bidragyder — 132 eksemplarer
The Schocken Book of Contemporary Jewish Fiction (1992) — Bidragyder — 122 eksemplarer
Birds in the Hand: Fiction and Poetry about Birds (2004) — Bidragyder — 32 eksemplarer
Backward and Upward: The New Conservative Writing (1996) — Bidragyder — 24 eksemplarer
The Best American Short Stories 1978 (1978) — Bidragyder — 24 eksemplarer
Educating For Liberty: The Best of Imprimis 1972-2002 (2002) — Bidragyder — 23 eksemplarer
Reinventing the American People: Unity and Diversity Today (1995) — Bidragyder — 15 eksemplarer

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One of my recent favorites. Almost a Tom Clancy but with romance, more history and philosophy. Soul too.
mkapij | 3 andre anmeldelser | Nov 24, 2023 |
Long, rambling, beautiful, tedious, surreal. Didn't quite deliver in the end, but I'm very glad to have read it. Who read this and thought it would make a good movie?!
mmparker | 137 andre anmeldelser | Oct 24, 2023 |
I had difficulty following some of the story. Luckily, the book was long, so I had difficulty following the story for a long time.

Winter's Tale was enjoyable enough, but I didn't keep going back to it like I do my favorite reads.
Tom_Wright | 137 andre anmeldelser | Oct 11, 2023 |
The Oceans and the Stars: A Sea Story, A War Story, A Love Story by Mark Helprin is a very highly recommended literary epic saga that surely reflects the whole title.

Navy Captain Stephen Rensselaer corrects and talks back to the president of the United States, who retaliates to his truth-telling by trying to humiliate him. He assigns Rensselaer to command the Athena, with the intent to humiliate a man who should have been an admiral. While supervising Athena’s fitting out in New Orleans, Rensselaer meets and falls in love with Katy Farrar. It is the love of a lifetime. Soon after this, he is deployed to the Indian Ocean near the Horn of Africa. Rensselaer is ultimately faced with a decision to follow his conscience and keep his integrity intact or disobey an immoral order and faces the consequences of his decision.

Absolutely excellent writing, strongly developed, fully realized characters, and a compelling, detailed, action-packed plot are featured throughout this amazing epic. Using a classic literary form, The Oceans and the Stars commends the virtues of living a life where following your conscience is the obvious choice, despite the consequences. The narrative also demonstrates how using disciplined, intelligent actions may result in sacrifices.

As a character, Rensselaer comes to life in this novel. Readers will know and want the best for him while despairing over the choices placed before him and the fortitude he displays when acting upon his principles.

Those who love stories about the sea, ships, the military, and battles will relish the details and action Helprin includes. Some of the details are brutal, but there are also moments of bravery and sacrifice displayed even during the darkest moments.

This is a perfect choice for those who enjoy literary fiction, action/adventure thrillers (especially those set at sea), and love stories involving the one left at home.

Disclosure: My review copy was courtesy of The Overlook Press via NetGalley.
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SheTreadsSoftly | 3 andre anmeldelser | Sep 28, 2023 |



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