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Bibliographic Detail
Publisher Mariner Books
Publication date June 1, 2005
Pages 860
Binding Paperback
Edition Reissue
Book category Adult Fiction
ISBN-13 9780156031134
ISBN-10 0156031132
Dimensions 1.75 by 5.25 by 8 in.
Weight 1.80 lbs.
Original list price $16.95
Summaries and Reviews
Summary
Sharing his past with an illiterate young factory worker, septuagenarian war hero and professor Alessandro Giuliani shares his adventures surrounding the Great War, during which he confronted lovers, madmen, and mafiosi. Reissue.
Amazon.com description: Product Description:

From acclaimed novelist Mark Helprin, a lush, 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.

Editions
Hardcover
Book cover for 9780151836000 Book cover for 9780151836017
 
Limited edition from Harcourt (May 1, 1991); titled "Soldier of the Great War"
9780151836017 | details & prices | List price $100.00
About: A Roman student is torn from his carefree life when World War I breaks out, and fifty years later, recounts the triumphs and tragedies of his existence to an illiterate factory worker
from Houghton Mifflin (April 1, 1991); titled "Soldier of the Great War"
9780151836000 | details & prices | 6.50 × 9.75 × 2.00 in. | 2.75 lbs | List price $40.00
About: A Roman student is torn from his carefree life when World War I breaks out, and fifty years later, recounts the triumphs and tragedies of his existence to an illiterate factory worker
Paperback
Book cover for 9780156031134 Book cover for 9780380715893 Book cover for 9780380727360
 
The price comparison is for this edition
Reissue edition from Mariner Books (June 1, 2005)
9780156031134 | details & prices | 860 pages | 5.25 × 8.00 × 1.75 in. | 1.80 lbs | List price $16.95
About: Sharing his past with an illiterate young factory worker, septuagenarian war hero and professor Alessandro Giuliani shares his adventures surrounding the Great War, during which he confronted lovers, madmen, and mafiosi.
from Avon Books (May 1, 1996)
9780380727360 | details & prices | 6.00 × 9.00 × 1.25 in. | 1.55 lbs | List price $15.00
About: A Roman student is torn from his carefree life when World War I breaks out, and fifty years later, recounts the triumphs and tragedies of his existence to an illiterate factory worker
Reprint edition from Avon Books (May 1, 1992)
9780380715893 | details & prices | 4.25 × 6.75 × 1.25 in. | 0.80 lbs | List price $6.99
About: A Roman student is torn from his carefree life when World War I breaks out, and fifty years later, recounts the triumphs and tragedies of his existence to an illiterate factory worker
Miscellaneous
Unabridged edition from Findaway World Llc (January 15, 2008)
9781605140070 | details & prices | 5.50 × 7.50 × 1.00 in. | 0.26 lbs | List price $54.99
This edition also contains A Soldier of the Great War
About: An old man's magnificent tale of love and war-a recapitulation of a life and a reckoning with mortality told by one of America's most acclaimed novelists.
CD/Spoken Word
Book cover for 9781602833128
 
With David Colacci (other contributor) | Unabridged edition from Blackstone Audio Inc (October 1, 2007)
9781602833128 | details & prices | 5.00 × 5.75 × 2.00 in. | 1.44 lbs | List price $49.95
About: A Roman student is torn from his carefree life when World War I breaks out, and fifty years later, recounts the triumphs and tragedies of his existence to an illiterate factory worker.

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