Read Paris in the Present Tense Online Free - Mark Helprin’s powerful, rapturous new novel is set in a present-day Paris caught between violent unrest and its well-known, inescapable glories.
Seventy-four-year-old Jules Lacour—a maître at Paris-Sorbonne, cellist, widower, veteran of the war in Algeria, and child of the Holocaust—must find a balance between his strong obligations to the past and the attractions and beauties of life and love in the present.
In the midst of what should be an effulgent time of life—days bright with music, family, rowing on the Seine—Jules is confronted headlong and all at once by a series of challenges to his principles, livelihood, and home, forcing him to grapple with his complex past and find a way forward. He risks fraud to save his terminally ill infant grandson, matches wits with a renegade insurance investigator, is drawn into an act of savage violence, and falls deeply, excitingly in love with a young cellist a third his age. Against the backdrop of an exquisite and knowing vision of Paris and the way it can uniquely shape a life, he forges a denouement that is staggering in its humanity, elegance, and truth.
In the intoxicating beauty of its prose and emotional amplitude of its storytelling, Mark Helprin’s Paris in the Present Tense is a soaring achievement, a deep, dizzying look at a life through the purifying lenses of art and memory.
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February 03, 2018
"Music asked nothing, required nothing, needed nothing, betrayed nothing. It appeared instantly when called, even in memory. It was made of the ineffable magic in the empty spaces between – and the relation of – its otherwise unremarkable components. It arose ex nihilo to encompass and express e...
November 07, 2017
Dazzling! Just when I thought the plot was predictible, it wasn't. When I was about to roll my eyes at the May/December romance, it pivoted. When I worried that the author used one too many metaphors, his character made a joke about it. When I suspected that too much -- even death -- would be res...
December 01, 2017
This is a haunting story of love, longing and the meaning of sacrifice. It is also a tribute to the beauty of Paris. However, the book is not just an excuse for poetic musing. It has a gripping plot that keeps you wanting to read until the last page. A tragically beautiful story by a master write...
November 19, 2017
A wonderful, touching, and intelligent book. The title perfectly captures the theme of the novel, but it is only once you're fully immersed that you begin to appreciate the depth of the author's vision. The main character is a charming and capable septuagenarian who is a musician, widower, vetera...
September 23, 2017
'Paris in the Present Tense' surely must be written by a magician. For I don’t know who else could include on one page, in one paragraph and sometimes even in one sentence haunting memories; the reasoning of a philosopher; riffs on music musically written; asides written with such snark, Shakespe...
October 28, 2017
Mark Helprin’s Winter’s Tale is one of my very favorite books. Curiously, I’ve not read any other of his novels until this week, when I sailed through Paris in the Present Tense. The writing is stunning. Helprin makes marvelous lists, draws the reader fully into the world he depicts, uses humor w...
December 26, 2017
I don't think Mark Helprin is my cup of tea at all. I didn't get Winter's Tale and I didn't get Paris in the Present Tense. But I liked Paris slightly better, because at least it was a bit more coherent. There's also a speech in it that the main character Jules makes, about how he has preserved J...
October 21, 2017
This is, simply, the finest novel I have read in a long time. It is gorgeously written, perfectly plotted and filled with deep yet accessible ruminations on ... well, everything- life, aging, living, dying, Paris, Judaism, beauty, music and much more. One review I read (after I'd finished) reveal...
October 28, 2017
My first experience reading Mark Helprin. Excellent, I shall read more!!!
December 09, 2017
This is my first Helprin book, and now I’ll go back for all the others. Beautifully written tale of an old musician’s last adventure, with many other great characters and subplots—I loved it.