8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
A rich, rewarding book -- outstanding fiction,
By A Customer
This review is from: Soldier of the Great War (Hardcover)
I had never read any of Mark Helprin's work before I picked up "A Soldier of the Great War." After finishing this wonderful book, all I can say is that apparently I've been missing out. Helprin has created a book that will move you to joy and sadness, and that will remind you of why you love to read. It is a truly great novel.
What will stick in your mind each time you put the book down are the compelling characters. Helprin has concoted a wonderful cast to populate the world of his protagonist, Alessandro Giuliani. From the mad dwarf Orfeo, to the Austrian princess hidden from sight, even the smallest characters in the book will leave an indelible imprint on your memory. They seem like real people, and that's hard for any writer to bring off consistently. Helprin manages it effortlessly.
If you've come this far in the amazon.com site, you're obviously considering reading this book. Do it. You won't be disappointed.