Paris in the Present Tense

By Mark Helprin
Read by Bronson Pinchot

unabridged

Format: CD (In Stock)
  • ISBN: 9781538459737

  • ISBN: 9781538459720

  • ISBN: 9781538459744

  • ISBN: 9781538489963

Runtime: 14.59 Hours
Category: Fiction/Literary
Audience: Adult
Language: English

Summary

Summary

Amazon Editor’s Top Pick

The #1 New York Times bestselling author of Winter’s Tale and A Soldier of the Great War, Mark Helprin reveals a powerful, rapturous novel set in a present-day Paris caught between violent unrest and its well-known, inescapable glories.

Seventy-four-year-old Jules Lacour―a maître at Paris-Sorbonne, cellist, widower, veteran of the war in Algeria, and child of the Holocaust―must find a balance between his strong obligations to the past and the attractions and beauties of life and love in the present.

In the midst of what should be an effulgent time of life with its days bright with music, family, and rowing on the Seine, Jules is confronted headlong and all at once by a series of challenges to his principles, livelihood, and home, forcing him to grapple with his complex past and find a way forward. He risks fraud to save his terminally ill infant grandson, matches wits with a renegade insurance investigator, is drawn into an act of savage violence, and falls deeply, excitingly in love with a young cellist who is a third his age. Against the backdrop of an exquisite and knowing vision of Paris and the way it can uniquely shape a life, he forges a denouement that is staggering in its humanity, elegance, and truth.

In the intoxicating beauty of its prose and emotional amplitude of its storytelling, Mark Helprin’s Paris in the Present Tense is a soaring achievement, a deep, dizzying look at a life through the purifying lenses of art and memory.

Editorial Reviews

Editorial Reviews

“A modern-day story of love, music, and death, with echoes of the Nazi retreat in World War II France…A masterpiece filled with compassion and humanity. Perfect for the pure pleasure of reading.” Kirkus Reviews (starred review)
“It is the fluidity of Helprin’s prose that makes this novel of ideas so utterly captivating.” Booklist (starred review)
“[Mark Helprin’s] books are romances in the chivalric mold, in which beauty, love, and bravery possess a greater reality than the characters dedicated to honoring them. This is true again in his enchanting new novel, Paris in the Present Tense…This passionate and uplifting book produces a kind of music that few living writers know how to create.” Wall Street Journal
“A twilight novel, and its love affair, essential to any Helprin work, is a complex one, haunted by time…His prose has an aching beauty.” Boston Globe
“Rooted in history and ethical debate.” Library Journal

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Author

Author Bio: Mark Helprin

Mark Helprin is the acclaimed author of Winter’s Tale, A Soldier of the Great War, Freddy and Fredericka, In Sunlight and in Shadow, Memoir from Antproof Case, and numerous other works, including four that made the New York Times bestsellers list. His novels are translated into over twenty languages and read around the world. He was educated at Harvard, Princeton, and Oxford and served in the Israeli Army, Israeli Air Force, and British Merchant Navy.

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Available Formats : CD, Library CD, MP3 CD, Playaway
Category: Fiction/Literary
Runtime: 14.59
Audience: Adult
Language: English