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.
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.