Every once in a long while, an American novel appears that restores one’s faith in modern literature. More often than not, that work is by Mark Helprin. His latest is an astonishing achievement, a rousing tale of heroism, sacrifice, and enduring love.
"Newspapers, from their cheapness, and the frequency and rapidity of their circulation, may, in America, assume an eminent rank in the catalog of useful publications in a great degree, supersede the use of Magazines and Pamphlets. The public mind in America, roused by the magnitude of political events and impatient of delay, cannot wait for monthly intelligence. Daily or at furthest weekly communications are found necessary to gratify public curiosity."