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    Winter's Tale

    I'm sorry to say that this book was so awful that it took me nearly 4 months to read it. Not what I expected considering the cover... So illogical and confusing! It was certainly money wasted. This is the first book that made me feel like I never wanted to read again. And they made a movie out of this thing?!
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    Wendy

    Left me wanting to know more.
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    Winters tale by mark Helprin

    This story is about parallel universe time lines, the original story is about the white horse, who touches many lives, disappears into the fog (like the Bermuda Triangle) then reappears after many years to be just as strong as he ever was, the stories that surround him are linked by the people he is directly involved with and those who are related to them. Without the horse the story could have been several short stories about the newspaper families.
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    Winters bore

    I can't do it. This is torture. 15 pages and. Can't read more. I have never hated a book this much.
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    Not for me

    After reading 'A Soldier of the Great War,' I was unsure about reading any more of Mark Helprin's works. It was a great story but that book was way too long and verbose. I read the one-star reviews here and despite knowing that they were probably quite accurate about 'Winter's Tale' based on my experience with 'A Soldier of the Great War,' I went ahead anyway. Not a good move. The opening sequence in 'Winter's Tale' seems to be typical Mark Helprin; long descriptions of sky conditions, an in-depth look at the thoughts and feelings of a sentient horse, an implausible wild bareback ride up the streets of Manhattan. All of which was fine until horse and rider escape by riding into a theater, during a performance that apparently was scheduled for dawn, galloping up the main aisle, vaulting over the orchestra, landing gracefully on the stage, chatting with the starring performer a bit, then exiting stage right and out onto a side street. As if front and side theater doors are usually sized big enough to allow a stallion to pass, and are conveniently left open for this purpose. If you can suspend belief and have patience for this kind of phantasmagorical writing, and are willing to wade through hundreds of pages of excess verbosity, then this book is for you. Not for me.
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