A Soldier of the Great War
by Mark Helprin
Paperback- $15.03

From acclaimed novelist Mark Helprin, a lush, literary epic about love, beauty, and the world at war

 

Alessandro Giuliani, the young son ...

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  "Epic about a young man in Italy during WWI" by kfoulks (see profile) 07/14/08

This book was so moving, I couldn't put it down. With books that are this large (800+ pages), I usually can find several parts that i could've done without. NOT SO with this one. Every sentence was perfect.

I was moved by the spirituality of the main characters, and his pure love of life.

I have to admit that i knew next to nothing about WWI and the mountain fighting. Some of the fight scenes were terrifying, but gave me a glimpse of why and how he became the man he did.

 
  "A Soldier of the Great War by Mark Helprin" by spacer5 (see profile) 08/29/14

A novel of epic length and scope--A Soldier of the Great War explores the search for beauty and meaning in life during a time of war and chaotic disorder. Inside its framework tale of the elderly Alessandro and the youthful Nicolo walking to Monte Prato lie a huge range of episodes that explore life's greatest themes.

 
  "Soldier of the Great War" by wren2 (see profile) 08/29/14

Helprin\\\'s prose is masterful and, in certain passages, breathtaking, transcendent. Follow Allesandro\\\'s odyssey through the beauty that was Italy when the world was still young, skirt the edges of World War I as it was fought on the alpine borders, to find yourself at the end, inexplicably moved by the graceful and elegant telling of this magnificent tale.

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