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Still alive and well in New York City, subject of the following lovely passage (and many others) in Mark Helprin's Winter's Tale, which I am reading more slowly now that I'm getting towards the end, because I will be a little sad to be done. It's that good. Anyway:
Across the river, Manhattan shimmered in the moonlight — miles of white buildings sparkling like a forest of fireflies.... Manhattan, a cage of white ribs and a mass of glowing crystal, seemed nearly alive. The beauty in it lifted them far above their enemies and their troubles in the world, as if they were looking at life from the vantage point of the dead. Suddenly overcome with affection for the people they loved, they saw before them the city of sunshine and shadow, now covered in moonlight, and they loved it so much that they wanted to hold it in their arms. (520)
It goes on, but you get the idea. Really, the author had me from "...the whole world has poured its heart into the city by the Palisades, and made it far better than it ever had any right to be." That's the third sentence of the Prologue. This book, it does not pull any punches. I am loving it. And life is pretty okay, too.

Date: 2009-04-10 09:57 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] linettasky.livejournal.com
Oh, that book! I got it from the library, got totally drunk on it, but didn't manage to finish it before it was due. Jeff went and bought me a copy so I could keep reading. Oh, man. So good.

Date: 2009-04-11 05:30 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] goteam.livejournal.com
I first got Winter's Tale out of the Eugene Public Library years ago, probably before I knew how to delay my holds so as not to get them all at once and be unable to finish all the books before they were due, which is to say, I started it but totally didn't get sucked in enough to finish it... this time, it owns me, and I like it. A lot.

Date: 2009-04-10 10:22 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] porfinn.livejournal.com
Yeah, I really liked Winter's Tale. There was something very magical about the writing. I read it when I was in Baltimore (which is more like an old New York)

Date: 2009-04-11 05:32 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] goteam.livejournal.com
The author is clearly having SO MUCH FUN with this book, or at least that's what shines through to me. It reads like a labor of love on a lot of levels, and magic is indeed a good word to describe it. Yay for the wizardry of words that put goosebumps on my skin and giddy smiles in/on my head. Every now and then I look up from reading it on the subway and wonder how long I've been grinning like an idiot. And then I keep reading, because who cares?

Date: 2009-04-12 09:30 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] ouro.livejournal.com
Yes. Helprin is amazing in that novel.


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