Picks and Pans Review: Mark Helprin

updated 12/30/1991 AT 01:00 AM EST

originally published 12/30/1991 AT 01:00 AM EST

A Soldier of the Great War
Entertainingly florid and pointedly funny, this novel of an Italian veteran's WW I reminiscences is an eloquent treatise on the persistence of optimism even under the most appalling circumstances. (Harcourt Brace Jovanovich)

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