The Kickoff Book: Winter’s Tale by Mark Helprin

Look how fat it is!

Look how fat it is!

I’m starting my reading challenge with Mark Helprin’s Winter’s Tale. The hefty tome has been sitting on my bookshelf for quite a while; my friend Jeremy recommended it to me a few years ago. He has great taste in literature, so I bought it right away. But it was big, and I had other things to read, and so it waited. And waited. (I buy non-e-books somewhat randomly, and almost never in the spirit of “I want to start reading this today.”)

I have a few good reasons to start this one now:

  1. It’s winter. Duh. 
  2. The book is a New York classic, and I’ll be writing about the city a lot on this blog.
  3. Jeremy is moving from NYC to California this week. (Sorry I missed your goodbye party, Jeremy!)
  4. I just saw that the movie version (starring Will Smith, Russell Crowe, and Colin Farrell) is set to release this year. I hate reading the book after the movie.

It’s a bold choice, I’ll admit. Looking at the 745 pages I’m slightly intimidated, but I’m jumping in feet first (or is it head first? I can never remember). Have you read this book? What did you think? Leave your review in the comments!