The language used to tell this story is wonderfully descriptive, at times philosophical about the nature of time, human nature, and the mechanics of global give-and-take. Not quite historical fiction, not quite fantasy fiction, not quite science fiction, this story is a mix of all three. I would definitely read this book again, because the story is a good one, though the plot can be a bit choppy.
I think Nelda P. had it exactly right with the word "ethereal." Beautiful, dreamlike book that weaves an interesting story. Fantastical in a lot of things (hence the "dreamlike" description), but while I usually dislike that, I didn't mind it in this book -- it fits. Gorgeous prose and imagery. I read this book several years ago & still remember things from it.
Gorgeous writing! Helprin seems to know everything about everything, and his descriptions are like little gems.
This is one of the most magical, lovely books I have ever read. I never wanted it to end. Helprin's writing, his words, left me breathless.
A love affair between an Irish burglar and an upper middle class young woman. Beautiful prose transports you to an ethereal New York City.