Mark Halpern’s Winter’s Tale is a book I read over and over again in my late teens / early twenties. I loved it with a passion that I thought only girls of that age could.
I was reminded of it when we started this blog by one of our readers. I was hesitant to pick it up again as it had been so long and the recently made film of it had been critically panned … maybe it wasn’t as good as I remembered?
I opened the rather yucky new cover (Colin Farrell and Rachel Weisz from the film, I actually printed out the old cover and stuck it on!) and was instantly transported. I remembered exactly why I had loved this book so much.
In essence, this book is a love story, but it is one of the first magical reality love stories. As it starts somewhere around 1910 and is mainly set in New York it also has elements that steampunk fans will enjoy.
But Mark Halpern’s writing is very marmite … I have read many reviews that hate his ‘overblown’ style. I love it, but as the book is so long and you will either love it or hate it I thought I would share some of the sentences in it so you can judge for yourself if it’s for you. This isn’t a ‘top ten’ exactly, there are so so so many sentences like those below that it would take me years to narrow down my favourites! Instead, I just opened the book in random places and chose the most descriptive sentence I could find. Then I got all artsy and turned them into pictures .. don’t ask me why!
So if you find these sentences as bone-achingly beautiful as I do – go ahead and grab yourself a copy!