Reviews

“Vast ambitious, spiritually lusty, all-guzzling, all-encompassing. . . . all in the best traditions of Pasternak. . . just as compelling and satisfying to the reader.” (Thomas Keneally, Front Page, The New York Times Book Review)

“Fit to stand alongside the works of Erich Maria Remarque, and, yes, Hemingway’s A Farewell to Arms. . . . Helprin has written a monumental novel . . . . A Soldier of the Great War both stole me from myself and moved me desperately.” (Front Page, The Washington Post Book Review)

“One of the most accomplished American novels . . . exquisite without being mannered, unabashedly concerned with the great questions of love and death, beauty and honor . . . . Helprin’s prose moves with a stateliness, a majesty, seldom attempted, much less achieved, these days.” (New York Newsday)

“Helprin stands bravely apart . . . taking on all comers with a tone that recalls Hemingway.” (The Boston Globe)

“A rousing tale for a long march. . . . With riotous energy and sustained brilliance. . . Helprin lights his own way, in his own singular direction.” (Time)

“Helprin writes like an angel . . . . Magic lies in his descriptive powers, with which he has been abundantly blessed. Most writers cobble at word craft. Helprin is among the few who create art.” (The Baltimore Sun)

“Tolstoy. . . Stephen Crane. . . Stendhal. . . now — daringly, dazzlingly — Mark Helprin stakes a present claim to membership in these later ranks. . . . He succeeds triumphantly.” (Nicholas Delbanco, Front Page, The Chicago Tribune Book Review)