Hardcover first edition - First printing. Author's first novel, second book - an "immense novel, both serious and comic" - which spans the years from 1947 to the October War in Israel. 373 pp. Near fine in very good dust jacket (some fading to edges of boards, minor wear to dj.). Bookseller Inventory #
Synopsis: Born on an illegal immigrant ship off the Palestinian coast in 1947 and raised by wealthy Americans, Marshall Pearl makes his way through loves, vacations, visions, troubles, triumphs, and adventure after adventure toward the October War of 1973
From the Back Cover:
"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.
Title: REFINER'S FIRE: The Life and Adventures of ...
Publisher: New York: Alfred A. Knopf, 1977. dj
Book Description Alfred A. Knopf, 1977. Condition: Good. 1st. Shows some signs of wear, and may have some markings on the inside. Seller Inventory # GRP3301430
Book Description Alfred A. Knopf, NY, 1977. Softcover. Condition: Acceptable. No Jacket. Seller Inventory # 032045
Book Description Alfred A. Knopf, 1977. Hardcover. 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 Language: eng. Seller Inventory # ABE-1496841084568
Book Description 1977. Trade Paperback. Condition: Good. Stated First Edition. Stated First Edition. Book- Good. 373 pp. All books are clean and unmarked unless stated. Seller Inventory # 15543
Book Description Alfred A. Knopf, 1977. Condition: Used: Good. Seller Inventory # SONG0394412737
Book Description Alfred A. Knopf, 1977. Unknown Binding. Condition: Good. Connecting readers with great books since 1972. Used books may not include companion materials, some shelf wear, may contain highlighting/notes, may not include cdrom or access codes. Customer service is our top priority!. Seller Inventory # S_158857065
Book Description Alfred A. Knopf, New York, 1977. Hardcover. Condition: Good. Dust Jacket Condition: Good. 1st Edition. 0394412737 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. Seller Inventory # 016319
Book Description Knopf, N Y, 1977. Hardcover. 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. Seller Inventory # 006060
Book Description PENGUIN RANDOM HOUSE, 1977. Hardcover. Condition: Good. Dust Jacket Condition: Good. HARDCOVER Legendary independent bookstore online since 1994. Reliable customer service and no-hassle return policy. Fiction and Poetry>Literature>A to Z. Book: USED, Good. Dust Jacket: Good. Bookseller Inventory # 01978039441273305. Seller Inventory # 01978039441273305
Book Description New York: Alfred A. Knopf, 1977., 1977. Condition: Very good. New York: Alfred A. Knopf, 1977. 1977. Very good. - Octavo, cloth-backed boards in a dust wrapper. The cloth is rubbed & slightly spotted. The dust wrapper is rubbed with some minor soiling & foxing to its rear paneL. [viii] & 373 pages plus colophon. Very good. First edition. Seller Inventory # 33172