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Memoir from Antproof Cas (Englisch) Taschenbuch – 1. Mai 1996

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  • Taschenbuch: 528 Seiten
  • Verlag: HarperPB (1. Mai 1996)
  • Sprache: Englisch
  • ISBN-10: 0380727331
  • ISBN-13: 978-0380727339
  • Größe und/oder Gewicht: 23,6 x 14,7 x 3,9 cm
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  • Amazon Bestseller-Rang: Nr. 2.175.153 in Fremdsprachige Bücher (Siehe Top 100 in Fremdsprachige Bücher)

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PRAISE FOR MEMOIR FROM ANTPROOF CASE

"A prize performance . . . A funny, extravagant, prodigal piece of writing . . . rapturous and melancholy . . . its power never flags."?THE NEW YORK TIMES

"Splendidly entertaining . . . Joyce and Nabokov could produce verbal astonishments as readily. Not many others come to mind."?TIME
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Synopsis

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.

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1 von 1 Kunden fanden die folgende Rezension hilfreich Von Ein Kunde am 19. September 2000
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Mark Helprin has the uncanny ability to move with power and grace through the entire range of reality, both human and divine. His previous works, the majestic A Soldier of the Great War and the visionary Winter's Tale show this most aptly. Even more amazing is Helprin's ability to juxtapose the holy and the profane, not as literary device, but as something directly perceived.
Memoir From Antproof Case, while not the masterpiece of A Soldier of the Great War or the genius of Winter's Tale, is still artistry and fun of the highest order. The book's protagonist introduces himself in the opening sentence with a parody of Moby Dick: Call me Oscar Progresso.
Oscar Progresso is, in fact, the pseudonym of an eighty year old American, hiding in the Amazonian jungles of Brazil and consigning his memoirs to an antproof case so that his wife's young son (conceived with another man but loved by Progresso) will someday be able to read his "father's" complete history as well as having a chance at finding the millions in gold bullion that Oscar stole from an immortal investment banking firm in New York years earlier, thus forcing him into hiding in Brazil.
Although Progresso is now living in one of the world's premiere coffee-growing regions, he ironically possesses a fanatical and pathological loathing for coffee...anything. Moreover, he blames any number of physical, emotional and spiritual degradations in the world around him on the evils of caffeine. Cruelly, he says, "every child in the Western World is pressured to accept this drug.
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Mark Helprin is one of the most gifted writers in the English language. If you don't believe it, read A Soldier of the Great War, one of the most wonderful novels in many years. Ant-Proof Case displays Helprin's incredible use of language, but it's in the service of story that is merely diverting, rather than profound, as in Soldier. The protagonist's account of his life veers between acute sensitivity and buffoonery. There are images that will stay with you, perhaps for a long time, such as his exaggerated contempt for coffee and his descriptions of dogfights in the Second World War, but the truly insightful observations on life that are sprinkled throughout the work tend to get overshadowed by the clownishness. It's almost as if Helprin was embarrassed by his emotional refinement and wanted to laugh his way out of it. In Soldier of the Great War, it is his unabashed embrace of that sensitivity that makes the book a masterpiece.
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Unlike the elegiac Winter's Tale (which no one should miss)and the memorable Soldier of the Great War, this book will have you laughing out loud. If you have any coffee addicted friends, you should pass this along to them immediately. Helprin is one of the truly great writers of our time and this book showcases his powers in a more comical light than his other books. Still, he manages to be profound and compelling. Parts of this book are reminscent of scenes from 100 years of Solitude. Not surprising since Helprin uses a kind of magic realism too (but his own brand) in many of his works.
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Helprin starts by recalling Melville, "Call me Oscar Progresso..." and then lets us know we are in for a wild ride, "Or, for that matter, call me anything you want, as Oscar Progresso is not my real name.Nor are Baby Supine, Euclid Cherry, Franklyn Nuts, or any of the other aliases that, now and then over the years, I have been foced to adopt". In a book with flights of fancy that soar every bit as high as those in the bestselling "Winter's Tale", but infinitely funnier and less grandiose, Helprin charts a course few writers dare.
Giving away the story is betrayal to the reader, so suffice it to say that Helprin's newest hero is defined by his hatred for the "evil bean that enslaves half the world", coffee. His life struggles put him in harms way and at the top of the world. He knows riches and love, he knows betrayal and poverty. I laughed out loud continuously while reading our hero's
description of his fall from corporate grace, defined by the ever changing quality of the art hanging in his office. Helprin has always been a comic writer, his "serious" works had a deftly comic touch, but this is his first work of pure comedy, and of course as all of Helprin's books are, it is a morality play of sorts and an exploration of life's abusrdities.
But don't let that thought deter you, this a funny, brilliant, eccentric, even dazzling book. Read Antproof Case and let this extravagantly gifted author take you where he will.
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For those that prefer the delicate predictability of Pat Conroy or the obvious symbolism of John Irving, move on, you won't appreciate the depth and slow-paced story of Mark Helprin. Helprin builds a world of chaos and moral complexity like no other author I've read. His characters are both real and surreal in a way that changes the way you think about fiction. Throw out your preconceived ideas of how a book should flow because Helprin breaks those rules at every turn. His books are about trusting yourself. They tell you a story of someone that has lived a long life, made terrible mistakes with horrible consequences, and made grand gestures overcoming insurmountable odds. A lesson we all can learn from. We are capable of everything and anything, sometimes by choice, and sometimes by fate, but no matter what, the whole picture of your life is beautiful, and you should trust that no matter what daily terrors unfold, your "whole life" is more important and more memorable. Helprin relays odd stories of growth and change that might not appeal to everyone. However, they appeal to me very deeply. I loved Antproof Case, as I have loved all of Helprin's stories. David A. Cornelson, Chicago
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