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A Soldier of the Great War - Mark Helprin
Skimmed some, wandered in and out, but was always drawn back in and wanted to stay with Alessandro to the end. Another of Helprin's brilliant characterizations, intimately realized while running the gamut of a lifetime of events, from the most personal to the epic.

From Booklist: "Helprin has a great gift for meaningful, dazzlingly detailed description as well as a nimble sense of humor and a keen perception of life as a jumble of the holy and profane, a chaos that can only be tamed by the power of love."