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In Sunlight and in Shadow by Mark Helprin
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Jun 21, 2012

it was amazing
Read in June, 2012

I haunted the publisher's booth at BEA waiting for these ARCS to appear, and my efforts were well repaid. As ever, Mark Helprin's elegantly philosophical dialogue functions rather like spellbinding arias for opera goers; the plot trajectory freezes in time as the listener or reader is invited to consider sensory flights and character-revealing erudition that offer their own rewards--then the story resumes, still leaving the onlooker a little breathless from thought. The book is a love letter to New York City, despite the fact that crime and corruption figure prominently. Historical color (post World War II), striking and memorable characters, and subtly but insistently building suspense all contribute to a rich and wonderful read. I hated for the story to end.
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switterbug (Betsey) I loved SOLDIER OF THE GREAT WAR, which I read this year. I look forward to this!

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