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The Deckled Edge

I was put on this earth to read a certain number of books. I am now so far behind I will never die.

Winter's Tale - Mark Helprin I quite enjoyed this one, though I have to admit I was surprised at how fantastical it was for a regular fiction book. I mean, it's got flying horses and people skipping through time. Once you accept that, it's a very good book, very heavy on romanticism, idealism, and spiritualism. Plot is also a little loose, but the beautiful, evocative prose keeps you turning the pages.

One thing that did bother me:
When Abby falls sick and the doctors tell them she's going to die, Hardesty runs off. I understand why he did it and it ultimately works because that's they way the plot was going. But personally I don't think I could ever forgive a man who leaves his daughter to die.