Publish date: September 20th 1983
Publisher: Harcourt Brace Jovanovich
Pages no: 673
Edition language: English
My favorite contemporary fantasy after Gormenghast and Little, Big. The sort of big, yet grounded achievement you don't see too much outside of the Latin American magic realists. Superb, funny, awe-inspiring.
inventive but much longer than it needed to be.
Basically we all knew this was coming. This book has the honor of being one of the few books in my life that I have given up on. I usually don't give up easily but I work too hard and am too busy to waste my time trying to slog through this book. The book jumps around too much to really become inter...
Life is really too short to read this: I stopped at 32%, but I could feel a two-star rating coming. Helprin's writing is so flowery, so kitchy, so over the top, it's nearly hypnotic. Every half-informative sentence sprouts a completely superfluous one:Rum, champagne, cakes, and roasts were everywher...
Disappointing but not awful...it was a little bit out there and hard to follow and the conclusion didn't really tie up all the loose ends with much of an explanation, so I wasn't really satisfied with this book. Although it did hold my attention but ultimately left me disappointed.