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A soldier of the great war

Author: Mark Helprin
Publisher: Orlando : Harcourt, 2005.
Series: A Harvest book
Edition/Format:   Print book : Fiction : English : 1st Harvest edView all editions and formats
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"For Alessandro Giuliani, the son of a prosperous Roman lawyer, trees shimmer in the sun beneath a sky of perfect blue, and at night the moon is amber as Rome seethes with light. He races horses across country to the sea, climbs in the Alps, and is a student of painting and aesthetics. And he falls in love, deeply and eternally. Then the Great War intervenes. Half a century later, in August of 1964, Alessandro, a  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Fiction
Bildungsromans
Material Type: Fiction, Internet resource
Document Type: Book, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: Mark Helprin
ISBN: 0156031132 9780156031134 0151836000 9780151836000
OCLC Number: 60420541
Description: 860 pages ; 21 cm.
Series Title: A Harvest book
Responsibility: Mark Helprin.
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"For Alessandro Giuliani, the son of a prosperous Roman lawyer, trees shimmer in the sun beneath a sky of perfect blue, and at night the moon is amber as Rome seethes with light. He races horses across country to the sea, climbs in the Alps, and is a student of painting and aesthetics. And he falls in love, deeply and eternally. Then the Great War intervenes. Half a century later, in August of 1964, Alessandro, a white-haired professor, finds himself unexpectedly on the road with an illiterate young factory worker. During a walk over days and nights, the old man tells the story of his life. How he was a soldier, a hero, a prisoner, and a deserter. And how he tragically lost one family, but gained another. Dazzled by the action and envious of the richness and color of the story, the boy realizes that the old man's magnificent tale of love and war is more than just a tale: It is the recapitulation of his life, his reckoning with mortality, and above all, a love song for his family."--Jacket.

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