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Winter's Tale (Movie Tie-In Edition) Paperback – January 7, 2014
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From Publishers Weekly
Issued on audio for the first time to celebrate the 25th anniversary of its publication, this version of Helprin's classic novel is a huge disappointment. Helprin's book is one of the great works of American fiction of the last quarter-century and a classic New York novel, but Oliver Wyman reads it as if it were a bedtime story for children. Playing up the whimsy of Helprin's urban fantasy, Wyman entirely misunderstands the nature of the book, which is more philosophical than fanciful, and with a sense of imagination not childish but deeply adult. Not grasping these facts, Wyman treats the book as a New York Harry Potter, and the result is a mess unworthy of this great book. A Harvest Books paperback.(Apr.)
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From Library Journal
"This novel is imaginatively engaging as well as entertaining, and it will find an eager audience among adults and older adolescents alike," predicted LJ's reviewer quite accurately (LJ 8/83)?the book became a smash best seller. This magical story of the multiple lives of protagonist Peter Lake is now available in an oversized trade paper edition.
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Top Customer Reviews
There is little point to summarize this novel. Take it as it comes, it will reveal itself in ways that cannot be described. If I managed to jot down a decent summary you still wouldn't really get an idea of the story until you read it yourself. And that's as it should be. This is not a simple genre historical novel. This is no mere adventure story. If that's what you want, look elsewhere. But if you want to sink into a book that will leave you breathless, hungry, filled with beauty, vexed, and even laughing out loud, then set aside a week or two (I read it in a week, but this took great focus) and luxuriate in the richness of its language and fantastical passion.
It turns out the script writers for the movie did their job very well and took just the essence of the book, and added their own touches for cinematic effect, and that my original impression of the book was correct. The story between Peter Lake and Beverly is what draws us in. This is quickly abandoned at the death of Beverly and lauches the book into a bewildering survey of the semi-mystical village of the Lake of the Coheeries and its peculiar denizens. We get introduced to a plethora of tangential characters, who while interesting in their own way, contribute very little to the Peter Lake, Beveryly saga. It frankly gets boring and you lose interest.
i will join many other reviewers in wondering what the editors of this book were smoking when they proofed it? It could have and should have been cut down by fifty percent without losing one iota of the core story.
If you buy this book, as i did expecting to embellish and enrich the experience of the movie, you wll likely be as disappointed as i was. I got lost in the incredible over-description and clicked past whole pages that only described minutae that had very little current bearing on the pace of the story.
Having said all of this, there are moments in this book that will bring tears to your eyes. Sadly though they comprise a very small fraction of the book.
Finally, the pricing for this uneven, thirty year old book is a little outlandish. The publisher is obviously look to piggy-back sales on the back of the movie. This would be ok if the movie and the book had more to do with each other. I would give this one a miss on this basis alone until the price comes more into line with what you would expect to pay for a book as out of date as this one is, maybe $2-5.00. Certainly not the almost ten they are charging now.