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Ellis Island and Other Stories - Mark Helprin
Ellis Island and Other Stories
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Marshall Pearl is orphaned at birth aboard an illegal immigrant ship off the coast of Palestine in 1947 and brought as an infant to America. Determined to see the world in its beauty, ferocity, and ultimate justice, he does so, in scenes of gorgeous color and great excitement, as a child in the... show more
Marshall Pearl is orphaned at birth aboard an illegal immigrant ship off the coast of Palestine in 1947 and brought as an infant to America. Determined to see the world in its beauty, ferocity, and ultimate justice, he does so, in scenes of gorgeous color and great excitement, as a child in the Hudson Valley, fighting the Rastafarians in Jamaica, at Harvard, in a slaughterhouse on the Great Plains, in the Mexican desert, on the sea, and in the Alps. Finally, he is drawn to Israel to confront the logic of his birth in a crucible of war, magic, suffering, and grace. At the opening of the book, he is one of the dying wounded being transported to Haifa during the 1973 War. We follow him as he dreams, reconstructing his life, until, by the strength of what he has learned, suffered, and hoped, Marshall Pearl rises.
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Format: paperback
ISBN: 9780156030601 (0156030608)
Publisher: Harvest Books
Pages no: 216
Edition language: English
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3.0 Ellis Island and Other Stories
The only story I remember is the one of the overprepared mountain climber, with shades of The Loneliness of the Long Distance Runner. Easily a 4 or better in its own right, am deducting a star just from the one story for Helprin's Republican service. Star power.
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