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Vintersaga : roman (1983)

av Mark Helprin

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Peter Lake--orphan, thief, mechanic extraordinare--and Athansor, a flying Brooklyn milkhorse, establish a reign of love and justice in New York City in the year 2000.
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Wow, this is just one big messy pile of "um, wha?!" Magical realism, as you may remember, is super not my jam, mostly because I am a firm believer in the notionthat if you introduce magic or any other out-of-the-ordinary elements into an otherwise-normal setting, you're gonna need to explain and justify it. But this novel goes so far beyond breaking that rule that it pushes over into utter nonsense. So we have a steampunk-ish, old-timey, yet sort-of-quasi-futuristic NYC, a street rat orphan who's wise beyond his means, a magical (and in no way explained) flying horse, a street gang that's meant, I think, to be menacing but comes off 100% comical and which is, I think, supposed to be the main Big Bad, but disappears for most of the book only to POOF back into the action at the end, again, with no explanation, and a super-rich and super-brilliant (or maybe just totally bananas) young woman who's dying of TB. Oh, and a cloud bank that's somehow deadly and surrounds NYC but also moves but also people come and go from the city unharmed with - you guessed it - no explanation. But wait - there's more! Helprin apparently gets bored of these main characters, so he abandons them for a new set, but their actions and circumstances aren't any less lacking in logic. Just...wooof. And it doesn't read as if all these logistical problems are the point; instead it reads like a sloppily-written fevre dream, or a toddler telling you about the dream they had last night and getting sidetracked many, MANY times along the way. Yeah, it's that agonizing and exhausting. ( )
  electrascaife | Oct 29, 2021 |
Helprin is a terrific writer, with whimsy and fantasy elements. The imagery of the white horse (Athanor) reminded me somewhat of Germinal, one of my all-time favorite books. Engaging characters, but a bit too much skipping around for 5 stars. ( )
  skipstern | Jul 11, 2021 |
Read for book club...
With exception of a crazy religious apocalyptic book, I have never give a 1 star rating to a book that has at least a 4 star rating on goodreads. A 4 star book usually means at least I will like it or find it "okay." I kept reading thinking something is going to happen, somehow this book will come to together because so many people "liked" it. Honestly...probably the worst book I ever read.

I am truly saddened over the rating on this book.In a world where Tolstoy or Cather or Steinbeck can't be tolerated by the average reader, we replace it with stuff like this and call it amazing. The problems have probably been flushed out through many reviews but here is my list...

-the whole book (the whole thing is a problem)

-the editor...whoever edited this book should be fired and never allowed to work again as an editor. Maybe they tried to get it edited and it caused all the editors to weep and want to gauge their eyes out after 20 pages. Maybe the editors took up the task and realized it would take the rest of their lives to properly edit the book so they just skipped it.

-all the words...there are SOOOOO many of them. BLAH...it is like someone threw up a dictionary. It is like the author chose the word lovely and then looked up all its synonyms and then proceeded to use them all in the same sentence. Even worse, half of his descriptions don't even make sense when you really break them down. I like wordy books (see my Count of Monte Cristo or Les Miserables unabridged reviews :) but not wordy books without a purpose. Do you want to know how wordy this book it? Just for a test I had my husband read every 4th page for about 40 pages. He was able to understand the basics of what was happening skipping 3 pages at a time. (Now I wish that is how I had read it)

-the plot...I know you are probably thinking, "why would she complain about something that doesn't exist?" But it is true, I am complaining about the fact that there is no real plot at all.

-The Sun...once again, a writer obsessed with "writers" in their book. What a surprise. The glorious "print" will save the day. A whole book with a random plot and random characters designed just so there can be a glorious newspaper.

-The sex...well...sounds like a horny old man decided to pretend he was a teenager and make his characters go around doing all the things he didn't get to do when he was a horny teenager.
Then, to add insult to injury, all the women in the book are, of course, absolutely beautiful and perfectly willing to throw their "unspoiled" self at a stranger that they instantly fall in love with. Convenient (for the men) that the women character's main attribute is that they are beautiful and easy without too much personality.

-the characters...mostly...they are all terrible. I liked the horse, and I liked Abby and Martin and Mrs. Gamely. I tried to like the others but eventually they all just fell apart...of course, with no real plot it must be hard to develop characters.

The good news is that there is no way the movie could ruin the book! ( )
  mcsp | Jan 25, 2021 |
If you attempt to read this book: do not stretch it out over several months with breaks in between, as I did. I had to double back multiple times to catch the thread of the story. ( )
  resoundingjoy | Jan 1, 2021 |
Meh. There we fun little adventures through out this book, but I didn't really enjoy the writing flourish or even the overarching plot the tied all the people together. ( )
  jzacsh | Sep 9, 2020 |
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