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Winter's Tale
Winter's Tale | Mark Helprin
Now a major motion pictureA bestseller that takes readers on a journey to New York of the Belle Epoque, where Peter Lake attempts to rob a Manhattan mansion only to find the daughter of the house at home. Thus begins the love between the middle-aged Irishman and Beverly Penn, a young girl who is dying. This novel...is a gifted writers love affair with the language (Newsday).
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sprainedbrain
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Panpan

I really thought I would love this book, and now I‘m just disappointed that I invested so much time in it.

Really beautiful writing. I loved the first third or so... then it went off the rails, started to redeem itself, and finally fell flat. I don‘t mind verbosity, I like historical fiction with magic and romance, and I love a good, sprawling story. This book has those elements, but they did not come together in any meaningful way. 😕

⭐️⭐️

ErickaS_Flyleafunfurled I bailed on this one and couldn‘t remember why, but now I think I know! Thanks! 3w
sprainedbrain @ErickaS_Flyleafunfurled you made the choice I should have made! 😬 3w
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sprainedbrain
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I‘m struggling... this a big book. I am supplementing with audio to help get through the giant paperback.

It‘s had funny parts, and I was enjoying things quite nicely, and then BAM. Everything changed and I‘m not even halfway through and it‘s wholly different characters and omg what is happening here.

🤪🤣

wanderinglynn Sounds intriguing. 👍🏻 3w
batsy I've had this book on my radar. Will wait for your review 😁 3w
sprainedbrain @wanderinglynn @batsy update: more things have happened and now some characters are back and I‘m no longer confused. 😂 3w
readordierachel 😆😆 3w
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EmilieGR
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Panpan

Should‘ve been magical but was just overeritten

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TracyReadsBooks
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Mehso-so

This is hard to review. It‘s true the book is long-winded but the writing is gorgeous & the book can be read as an expression of the author‘s love of language & NYC. More of a story would have been nice. Peter Lake (great character) breaks into a house he thinks is empty only to discover it‘s not & he falls in love with Beverly Penn who is dying. I would have liked more Peter & Beverly, directly, & less of other characters. Good not great read.

Crazeedi I've had this on my shelf for several years, still not read it. Had heard it was really good....maybe someday I'll get to the books I haven t read yet... 10mo
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TracyReadsBooks
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After enjoying a brief foray into this week‘s new comic releases, it‘s back to the tagged book which I‘m enjoying even more than I expected to. Good Thing too since it‘s a big one!

BookHoarder32 OMG, that Carry On art on the left is 🌅 10mo
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TracyReadsBooks
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Diving deep into my TBR stacks for my next read. How deep? Well, I‘m fairly sure I got this book around the same time the movie came out in 2014. So umm, this book has waited almost 5 years for me to take it off the shelf. I‘d say it‘s about time!

Crazeedi This book is on my TBR shelf too 10mo
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Lizpixie
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#MusicalNewYear #day1 #SeasonsOfLove I do have this book in my #MountTBR shelves but buggered if I can reach it atm! This is a rare case of movie before book for me, I absolutely adore this film, if you ignore Russell Crowe‘s overacting it‘s a sweet & sad time shift love story set in the beginning then the end of the 20th century in New York, between a thief & a upper class lady dying of consumption.❄️🗽Lovely story plus it‘s Colin Farrell!😍

vivastory I've never read Helprin, but I seem to see a lot of Litsy love for him. It is memorable when the movie is better, because of how rare that is. 😄 11mo
Cinfhen I think sometimes a book just works better because of the visual aspects 11mo
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Cathythoughts
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#AWintersTale #WinterWonderland I have not read ... picture looks enchanting ♥️💙

Cinfhen It does 😊 12mo
TrishB Good pick - weird haven‘t read and don‘t recall the film! 12mo
Lizpixie I loved the movie, yes it‘s a bit cheesy & don‘t get me started on Russell Crowe‘s overacting, but it‘s sweet & sad and lovely. Plus it has Colin Farrell in it. Nuff said.😍 12mo
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Cathythoughts @Cinfhen 👍🏻♥️ 12mo
Cathythoughts @TrishB I havnt either but it looks worth looking into ... 12mo
Cathythoughts @Lizpixie Russell Crowe can overact all he wants ... for me he will always be The Gladiator ( one of my favorite movies ) and Colin Farrell ??!! I need to see this movie.... 👍🏻❤️ 12mo
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GripLitGrl
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#WinterWonderland #awinterstale
@TrishB @Cinfhen
I've seen the movie but never read the book on this one

TrishB Not familiar with this one. 12mo
Cinfhen I‘ve heard of the movie but I haven‘t seen nor have I read the book!! 12mo
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ladyonequestion
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Hmmm...beginning to suspect this book is nonsense. 12 year old tatooist of rich Chinese women? Bonkers mythology?

LauraJ 😹 12mo
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GripLitGrl
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Cozy winter nights ❄🔥📓

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laurencjay
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How cute is this card + these Harry Potter pins. ⚡️#secretsantagoespostal

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aCleverDuck
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Finally got a winter themed book! Loved the movie hope I‘ll love the book #booktomovie #readingthroughtheholidays2017

TheKidUpstairs Was the movie good? I enjoyed the book, but haven't watched the movie because I just don't see how they could adapt it. Is it worth giving it a shot? 2y
aCleverDuck @TheKidUpstairs as a movie by itself it was really good. Not sure adaptation wise, this is my first time reading the book. But I think it‘s worth watching 2y
ReadingRover I enjoyed the movie too but haven‘t read the book yet. 😝 2y
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lesliemarie
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Pickpick

This is one of my all time favorite books!

Bookcation74 I need to get to this one in 2018!! 2y
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cathysaid
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😂😂😂

(Seen on FB)

Betty YES. 2y
Chelleo Love this! 😂👍🏽 2y
TheNextBook I relate... 2y
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TricksyTails 😂😂😂 2y
Tamra 🤣👌🏾 2y
dsfisher Yup, perfect 2y
BookMaven407 😂😂😂😂😂 2y
Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks Truth!!! 🤣😂 2y
Louise I felt like this when we ran out of heating oil 2 days ago and had to wait a full night and day for a fill-up! Brrrrrr! 2y
SandyW 😂😂😂❄ 2y
rohit-sawant 😂😂 2y
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sprainedbrain
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#bookmail from the wonderful @MeganAnn ... I just love my #LitsyGoesPostalOG people ❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️

Thanks so much, Megan!

mangokittty Oh I didn‘t know this was a book! The movie is really good. 2y
Laura317 The book was magical. I loved it. 2y
DrexEdit I 💜 that bookmark that looks like it had a period appropriate photo of NYC? 👍 2y
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sprainedbrain @DrexEdit it‘s a little print of Monet‘s Boulevard des Capucines. ❤️ 2y
lesliemarie That is one of my favorite books! 2y
MeganAnn Yay! So happy you received it! 🎉 @DrexEdit I have a small stash of Monet bookmarks so I picked this one because of the winter scene ❄️ 2y
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ashsbookmarks
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About half way through this audiobook 📖 very different from the stuff I normally read but I‘m liking it so far. And I‘m really wanting to see the movie after this 😊
#audiobook #winterstale #booktomovie

Kammbia1 One of my all time favorite novels! I hope you enjoy it. (edited) 2y
IamIamIam The museum I volunteer at was used for several scenes in the movie!!!!! 2y
Seekingtardis The movie is really good. Not what I expected at all but I loved it. I didn‘t even know it was a book!! Added!! 2y
EllieDottie I felt so so about the novel and I really liked the movie!! 2y
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xicanti
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It's probably silly to ask, given how I can't seem to read more than a couple of chapters of prose per day right now, but I'd love to find a thick book as weird and wonderful as WINTER'S TALE. Any suggestions? #30daysofreadathon

silentrequiem It's actually a three book omnibus but 2y
xicanti @silentrequiem thanks! I've stacked it. 2y
TobeyTheScavengerMonk Going really really spiritually similar here but 2y
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TobeyTheScavengerMonk @silentrequiem Oooo, I've always heard awesome things about those and I bought a copy of the first one just recently. 2y
xicanti @TobeyTheScavengerMonk spiritually similar works for me. Stacked. 2y
Viji Have you read The Name of the Wind? 2y
xicanti @Viji I have, and I love it! 2y
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Foragingfantasy
Winter's Tale | Mark Helprin
Pickpick

All the freaking stars! 👏👏 I loved it! Might be my favorite of the year.

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Foragingfantasy
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I'm in love with this book. ❤️

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Foragingfantasy
Winter's Tale | Mark Helprin
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I'm in the mood for something atmospheric and beautiful. I think this is supposed to be magical realism, I hope so! I need to be carried away. It's massive so I'll audio and book. #currentlyreading #audiobook #audiobaking

JazzFeathers That cover is so inspiring 😍 2y
Foragingfantasy @JazzFeathers it's gonna be one of those book that I will wonder why it's taken me so long to read. I'm only half way but I think it's going to be my favorite book of the year. 2y
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Kammbia1
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Celebrating #bookloversday with the stack of my all time favorite books. Winters Tale by Helprin, The Book of Strange New Things by Faber, Home is the Sailor by Amado, The Wooden Sea by Carroll, The Sportswriter by Ford, and Paloma (of The Retrieval Artist Series) by Rusch. It is my favorite series. Happy Booklovers Day!!!!!

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Allietaylor16
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My haul from today's library sale!!

mrozzz Nice picks!! 2y
LizzyM Great stuff!!!! 2y
EvieBee I have that same edition of Miss Mare stories. Love it! 2y
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AdeleReads
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BEST book with the WORST movie adaptation? Like so bad you beg people not to watch the movie before reading the book—or watch it ever? For me, that distinction goes to WINTER'S TALE. I loved this epic, atmospheric novel so much (and apparently the Audible version is marvelous). Just please, for the love of all things literary, read the book. So much—too much—is lost in the atrocious 2014 movie (in my humble, grumpy opinion...sorry movie fans). 🤓

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JessClark78
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I chose this to use for my #BookIntoMovie pick for the #BetterWorldBooksChallenge. Love the movie, never read the book. Can't wait to see how they compare. #SplashIntoSummerReads @Tiffy_Reads

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EllieDottie
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This is book where the city of New York is definitely a main character, but it definitely takes more than a #newyorkminute to tell! #rockinmay

RadicalReader @EllieDottie cannot for the life of me figure out why the man on the cover reminds me of the irresistible Zac Efron 3y
Cinfhen Sounds like a super hot read...😻😽😻 3y
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Carissa-Green-Reads
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A total WTF novel, in the best sense. A New York story, and a hopeful take on Armageddon.

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kricheal
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Mehso-so

Beautiful writing, but the story was lacking.

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Jas16
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This was a book that a dear friend gave me as a gift because they loved it so much. I did not. I read the entire book, and it is a loooong one, hoping to change my mind but in the end had to be honest with him. #youhatedfriendloved #aprilamazingreads

Hollie I bailed on this one. 3y
Nat_Reads Oh I loved it! Lol but it was looong. 3y
CoverToCoverGirl Love that you gave your friend such an honest opinion about the book ! 😃 3y
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mrsthilkey
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I've had this on my tbr for a looong time, now I'm thinking I may take it off. Has anybody read it?

#marchintoreading #aseasoninthetitle

kricheal I'm about 60% through it right now. 3y
Maude I saw rthe movie and didn't know it was a book. I liked the movie, it would of probably been better if I didn't dislike the main actor though. 3y
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Marchpane
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#ASeasonInTheTitle #MarchIntoReading

We're finally getting some much needed rain ??and cooler temps - "cooler" being 29C/85F. Could this be the start of autumn at last? ??

Hope you're having lovely reading weather wherever you are! ☀️☔️❄️

Jhullie Oh I hope so, I am sick of this eternal summer! 3y
Suzze I love that cover of The Summer That Melted Everything. I'm looking forward to reading that one. 3y
Marchpane @Suzze if you like ornate prose and vivid imagery I think you're going to love it! It was a little too rich for me. 3y
Marchpane @Jhullie summer can shove off! 3y
Trace Winters Tale was the first Helprin book I read it's so good. 3y
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AMVP
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#marchintoreading day 20 - Seasonal Titles

Heard the film adaptation was absolutely bonkers, but that the book was pretty good. Looks good for the next time I need a good, long read.

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BarbaraTheBibliophage
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Winter's Tale is at the top of my #didntlikestillfinished list. It was an interminable 700+ pages, and I found myself deeply bored. Yet I finished. Gah! Caged was a 99 cent Kindle Daily Deal, and I regret never getting the hours back despite its low price. I loved Sookie at the beginning but found the later books ridiculous. Tropic of Cancer was so many kinds of offensive. And Highland Mist just didn't live up to my expectations. #marchintoreading

readinginthedark I agree about the later Sookie Stackhouse books! 3y
PurpleyPumpkin You are my hero for finishing Tropic of Cancer! As you know, I just couldn't get through it. I hate bailing on a book, but this is one decision I haven't yet regretted. Yet. 3y
BarbaraTheBibliophage @PurpleyPumpkin Ehh. It was just reading a book. Doesn't seem that heroic, but thanks! 😘 3y
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BarbaraTheBibliophage @readinginthedark I still have the last one on my TBR. It's been out for how long? 3y
Coleen My book club attempted Winter's Tale a couple years ago & only one person finished it. 😳. We ended up watching the movie together instead. 3y
BarbaraTheBibliophage @Coleen I'm not surprised! 😎 3y
readinginthedark @BarbaraTheBibliophage At least a few years! I forced myself to read it just so I'd be done with the series. 3y
BarbaraTheBibliophage @readinginthedark You're making me feel so ... subversive! 😜 3y
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kricheal
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On to this next. Has anyone else read it?

WanderingBookaneer No, sometimes it speaks to me but I've never picked it up. I'll be looking forward to your opinion. 3y
CherylDeFranceschi I love this book! 3y
GypsyKat I've been curious, but there are so many mixed reviews that I haven't picked it up. 3y
Smangela I haven't but I own it! Looking forward to your review ;) 3y
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CBW
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Fantastical. Magical. Not fit for film.

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GetFictional
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Yesterday was the first day of winter, and this morning I'm waiting on another few inches of snow to fall on the eight inches I already have in my yard. Winter is definitely here!
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Happy Reading :)

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KarinWestbrook
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Feel like a school girl, all I want to do is climb into bed with a good book and read... for hours.

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bookishnerd
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I have to go with a modern classic because any classic I can get for free is not a physical book in my house. lol #seasonsreadings2016

mrsthilkey I haven't read this either. It is on my TBR list! 3y
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Amandajoy
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Some chilly reads I haven't yet read. Maybe I'll get to them this winter, they both look great! Also, my fantastic friend Denise joined Litsy today, let's give @dchrosniak a warm Litsy welcome! #chillyreads #photoadaynov16

Gleefulreader I loved The Snow Child. A Winter's Tale is also on my shelf, waiting to be read. 3y
DGRachel The Snow Child was really good and Welcome @dchrosniak!! 3y
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BookBabe I loved The Snow Child! And A Winter's Tale is on my shelf, waiting to be read. ...Uh...wait a minute... @gleefulreader 😂🙌🏻 3y
Gleefulreader @BookBabe now that is too funny! 👍🏻 3y
TiffReadsAndRuns I enjoyed Winter's Tale! It definitely was not what I expected 3y
PenguinInFlight I have A Winter's Tale...it sounds really good. #somanybookssolittletime 😂 3y
SaturnDoo I enjoyed The Snow Child and have Winter's Tale on Mt. TBR 3y
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mirabente
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I'm not even halfway through this book and I have so many feels. The descriptive writing, the flow, the poetry. I think I'm in love.

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mirabente
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This magical description of Manhattan. ❤

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mirabente
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Just picked up these two from the library. I've seen the movie version of Winter's Tale many times and I really do like it even though it seemed rushed. The book is probably going to make me hate the movie.
I have no idea what lovely, dark and deep is about, going in blind with that one.

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TelevisionNeighbor
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No idea what this is about. Going in blind.

mirabente I've only seen the movie, but I'm reading the book now. 3y
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kmbezner
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I love secret leave one-take one book stashes in rental rooms :)

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BunnhiTales
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Pickpick

I adored the various storylines that eventually brought everyone together. It is a beautiful tale, just don't anticipate the movie to be as wonderful. I enjoyed the soundtrack more than the movie.

Laura317 I loved this book! You are right, the movie will be hard-pressed to meet the expectations I have after reading this book. 3y
BunnhiTales If you haven't seen the film then I would say don't bother with it because you will be utterly disappointed. 3y
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hufflepuff_librarian
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I've been wanting to read this book forever but was always hesitant bc of the 745 pages. 😳 I decided to tackle it this summer and I am not sorry. It is so well written and the story flows along so smoothly. Mark Helprin is a fantastic storyteller!! Only 600 more pages to go!!😂