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In Sunlight and in Shadow by Mark Helprin
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did not like it
bookshelves: read-in-2014

Incredibly, unbelievably, ridiculously, offensively bad.

Made all the worse because of the ways it's reminiscent of Winter's Tale.

The protagonists are fundamentally unlikeable; their "struggles" comically unrelatable (oh, the burden of wealth! gosh it must be hard to be perfect in every single way but have a momentarily hard time achieving recognition! wow life is rough when you have a problem you could easily solve with your wealthy wife's money but refuse to accept it!); the overarching themes are anger-inducing (mainly glorification of war and incredibly sexist idealization of women); the writing is tiresome, repetitive and full of pointless tangents.

The ending hinted that there was possibly a good book in here somewhere (as, for the first time, we get some insight into the effect the war had on Harry)... but it was not this one.

I think from now on I will just pretend that any non-Winter's Tale Helprin books do not exist.

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Reading Progress

September 27, 2012 – Shelved
October 4, 2014 – Started Reading
October 24, 2014 – Shelved as: read-in-2014
October 24, 2014 – Finished Reading

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