Memoir From Antproof Case

Memoir From Antproof Case

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An elderly American living in Brazil reminisces about his various lives as World War II ace, multimillionaire investment banker, insane asylum inmate, thief, murderer, lover, and protector of the innocent

Blackwell North Amer
An old American who lives in Brazil is writing his memoirs. An English teacher at the navel academy, he is married to a woman young enough to be his daughter and has a little son whom he loves. He sits in a mountain garden in Niteroi, overlooking the ocean, and carries with him a Walther P-88.
As he reminisces and writes, placing the pages carefully in his antproof case, we learn that he was a World War II ace who was shot down twice; an investment banker who met with popes and presidents; a multimillionaire; and a man who was never not in love. He was the thief of the century, a murderer, and a protector of the innocent. In his adolescence he spent years in an insane asylum in Switzerland. And all his life, he waged a valiant, losing, one-man battle against the world's most insidious enslaver: coffee.
Mark Helprin's astounding prose combines adventure, satire, flights of transcendence, and high comedy with vivid and poignant memories of a Hudson Valley and New York City that no longer exist.

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An elderly American living in Brazil reminisces about his various lives as World War II ace, multimillionaire investment banker, insane asylum inmate, thief, murderer, lover, and protector of the innocent. By the author of Winter's Tale. 50,000 first printing.

Publisher: New York : Harcourt Brace & Co., [1995]
Edition: First edition
Copyright Date: ©1995
ISBN: 9780151000975
0151000972
Branch Call Number: FIC He 1995
Characteristics: 514 pages ; 24 cm

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lukasevansherman
Mar 24, 2014

"You're an investment banker. That means you don't know how to do a goddamned thing but skim the top off the money that real people make."
Mark Helprin's seen a surge in popularity thanks to the truly terrible looking film adaptation of his novel, "Winter's Tale." While you're waiting for that one, check out this eccentric, colorful and virtuosic "memoir" by a very likely (and likable) unreliable narrator. His picaresque life includes stints as a polite (shot down twice), investment banker, thief and quixotic anti-coffee advocate. There are touches of Marquez's spirited storytelling and Pynchon's absurd humor, but Helprin has a style and wit all his own. Bonus for being perhaps the only novel with "antproof" in the title.

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