Reviews for Winter's Tale

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In Mark Helprin's luxuriously written and philosophical Winter's Tale (Houghton Harcourt. 2005. ISBN 9780156031196. pap. $16; ebk. ISBN 9780547543864), a criminal who is both a master mechanic and a burglar meets a dying heiress when a break-in goes awry. Set in a fairy tale version of New York City, the novel is about a great many things and meanders through vast amounts of time, but it is notable in large part for its lush blend of fantasy and romance, vibrant and lyrically imaginative sensibility, and gorgeous and atmospheric prose. As the story develops, Helprin's portraits of the city suffering apocalyptic winters and the fantastical icy climes of other locations become dreamlike in their intensity. (c) Copyright 2013. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.