An orphaned immigrant's experiences take him from the Hudson River Valley to Harvard, off to sea on a British merchant ship, then finally back to his birthplace, where he serves as an Israeli soldier in the Yom Kippur War.
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"That best of all possible novels: read ten pages and you can't put it down; finish it and you'll feel it haunt your days and nights." - The San Francisco Examiner & Chronicle
Refiner's Fire is the story of Marshall Pearl, orphaned at birth aboard an illegal immigrant ship off the coast of Palestine in 1947 and brought as an infant into the "ardent unlimitedness" of America. Determined to see the world in its beauty, ferocity, and ultimate justice, he does so, in scenes of gorgeous color and great excitement, as a child in the Hudson Valley, fighting Rastifarians in Jamaica, at Harvard, in a slaughterhouse on the Great Plains, in the Mexican desert, on the sea, and in the Alps. Finally he is drawn to Israel to confront the logic of his birth, in a crucible of war, magic, suffering, and grace. At the opening of the book, he is one of the dying wounded being transported to Haifa during the 1973 war. We follow him as he dreams, reconstructing his life, until, by the strength of what he has learned, suffered, and hoped, Marshall Pearl rises.
"Every once in a while a book appears that engulfs you in its limitless beauty. This is such a book. Helprin's use of language and imagery is an ineffable joy." - The Philadelphia Inquirer
"Refiner's Fire is an experience, like being shot out of a cannon - exhilarating, extravagant, vertiginous." - The Boston Globe
Educated at Harvard, Princeton, and Oxford, Mark Helprin served in the Israeli army, Israeli Air Force, and British Merchant Navy. He is the author of, among other titles, Refiner's Fire, Ellis Island and Other Stories, Winter's Tale, A Soldier of the Great War, Memoir from Antproof Case, The Pacific and Other Stories, and Freddy and Fredericka.
Mark Helprin is the acclaimed author of Winter's Tale, A Soldier of the Great War, Freddy and Fredericka, The Pacific, Ellis Island, Memoir from Antproof Case, and numerous other works. His novels are read around the world, translated into over 20 languages.
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Book Description Alfred A. Knopf, 1977. Book Condition: Good. 1st. Former Library book. Shows some signs of wear, and may have some markings on the inside. Bookseller Inventory # GRP11581060
Book Description Alfred A. Knopf, 1977. Book Condition: Good. 1st. Shows some signs of wear, and may have some markings on the inside. Bookseller Inventory # GRP3301430
Book Description Alfred A. Knopf. Unknown Binding. Book Condition: GOOD. Spine creases, wear to binding and pages from reading. May contain limited notes, underlining or highlighting that does affect the text. Possible ex library copy, thatâ€™ll have the markings and stickers associated from the library. Accessories such as CD, codes, toys, may not be included. Bookseller Inventory # 2797772547
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Book Description Alfred A. Knopf, NY, 1977. Softcover. Book Condition: Acceptable. Dust Jacket Condition: No Dj. Bookseller Inventory # 032045
Book Description 1977. Trade Paperback. Book Condition: Good. Stated First Edition. Stated First Edition. Book- Good. 373 pp. All books are clean and unmarked unless stated. Bookseller Inventory # 15543
Book Description Alfred A. Knopf, 1977. Hardcover. Book Condition: Good. No Jacket. 1st Edition. 1977 Knopf hardcover stated 1st edition implicit 1st printing. No dj, sunning on cover, corners frayed and bumped, else text clean, binding tight. Language: eng. Bookseller Inventory # ABE-1496841084568
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Book Description Alfred A. Knopf, New York, 1977. Hardcover. Book Condition: Good. Dust Jacket Condition: Good. 1st Edition. Stated First Edition, This is a former library book with the usual identifiers. An orphaned immigrant's experiences take him from the Hudson River Valley to Harvard, off to sea on a British merchant ship, then finally back to his birthplace, where he serves as an Israeli soldier in the Yom Kippur War. All books shipped within 24 hours with U.S. Postal Service Delivery Confirmation, each order is packaged in a new box with bubble wrap, and always your satisfaction is guaranteed. Signed by Author(s). Bookseller Inventory # 016319
Book Description Knopf, N Y, 1977. Hardcover. Book Condition: Very Good. Dust Jacket Condition: Very Good. 1st Edition. Not Ex-Library Copy.Hardcover Edition With Dustjacket.Good Copy.Binding Is Solid.Text Unmarked.Not Ex-Library Copy.Stated First Edition, First Printing. Bookseller Inventory # 006060