Paris in the Present Tense

Paris in the Present Tense

by Mark Helprin


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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.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781468316681
Publisher: The Overlook Press
Publication date: 11/06/2018
Edition description: Reprint
Pages: 400
Sales rank: 42,777
Product dimensions: 5.30(w) x 7.70(h) x 1.20(d)

About the Author

Mark Helprin is the acclaimed, #1 New York Times bestselling author of Winter’s
Tale, In Sunlight and in Shadow, A Soldier of the Great War, Freddy and
Fredericka, The Pacific, Ellis Island, Memoir from Antproof Case, and numerous other works. His novels are translated into more than twenty languages and read around the world. He lives in Virginia.


Upstate New York

Date of Birth:

June 28, 1947

Place of Birth:

New York, New York


A.B., Harvard University, 1969; A.M., 1972. Postgraduate study at Oxford University, 1976-77.

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Paris in the Present Tense 3.2 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 5 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Fabulous lovely heartbreaking, don't let this one pass you by....
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I’ve been a Helprin fan for 20 years. This is a very good book. The story is great and the language and writing are quite good. I’d say it’s not as good as Soldier of the Great War or Memoir from Ant Proof Case, its really not even close. But it does have some great conversations that will make you laugh. There’s a repetitive aspect about love and beautiful women that gets a little tiring. Still well worth taking your time to read and enjoy.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Pure Poetry. A soothing sonnet to history, the world and one man's incredible life.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I found this book boring
i-READ-BEFORE-COMMENTING More than 1 year ago
If you want to be depressed read this book, otherwise move along because there are enough tragedies in the newspaper everyday. If only I knew how depressing this book was I would never have bought it.