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A Soldier of the Great War by Mark Helprin
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Jul 30, 2007

it was amazing
Read in July, 2007

This book puts Erich Maria Remarque to shame. Beautiful prose highlights a forgotten front of a forgotten war as a student of aesthetics becomes a soldier of World War I in the Italian army. The characters brought to life by Mark Helprin are perfectly tragic in their hope and optimism. As you read, you desperately try to connect yourself to Alessandro, but as you press on, you come to realize that we are all Nicolo, his companion on the road away from Rome in 1964, ignorant and selfish, thinking no farther than our noses. Anyone who has ever been to Rome or Italy would adore this book, and for anyone who has ever loved.
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