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A Soldier of the Great War
A Soldier of the Great War
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About the Book

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

Alessandro Giuliani, the young son of a prosperous Roman lawyer, enjoys an idyllic life full of privilege: he races horses across the country to the sea, he climbs mountains in the Alps, and, while a student of painting at the ancient university in Bologna, he falls in love.

Then, the Great War intervenes.

Half a century later, in August of 1964, Alessandro, a white-haired professor, tall and proud, meets an illiterate young factory worker on the road. As they walk toward Monte Prato, a village seventy kilometers away, the old man--a soldier and a hero who became a prisoner and then a deserter, wandering in the hell that claimed Europe--tells him how he tragically lost one family and gained another. The boy, envying the richness and drama of Alessandro's experiences, realizes that this magnificent tale is not merely a story: it's a recapitulation of his life, his reckoning with mortality, and above all, a love song for his family.


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Product Details
  • ISBN-13: 9780156031134
  • Publisher: Mariner Books
  • Publisher Imprint: Mariner Books
  • Depth: 44
  • Height: 206 mm
  • No of Pages: 880
  • Series Title: English
  • Weight: 808 gr
  • ISBN-10: 0156031132
  • Publisher Date: 01 Jun 2005
  • Binding: Paperback
  • Edition: Reissue
  • Language: English
  • Returnable: Y
  • Spine Width: 43 mm
  • Width: 135 mm


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