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Freddy and Fredericka By Mark Helprin Freddy and Fredericka Mark Helprin s legions of devoted readers cherish his timeless novels and short stories which are uplifting in their conviction of the goodness and resilience of the human spirit Freddy and Frederick

  • Title: Freddy and Fredericka
  • Author: Mark Helprin
  • ISBN: 9780143037255
  • Page: 445
  • Format: Paperback
  • Freddy and Fredericka By Mark Helprin Mark Helprin s legions of devoted readers cherish his timeless novels and short stories, which are uplifting in their conviction of the goodness and resilience of the human spirit Freddy and Fredericka a brilliantly refashioned fairy tale and a magnificently funny farce only seems like a radical departure of form, for behind the laughter, Helprin speaks of leaps of faithMark Helprin s legions of devoted readers cherish his timeless novels and short stories, which are uplifting in their conviction of the goodness and resilience of the human spirit Freddy and Fredericka a brilliantly refashioned fairy tale and a magnificently funny farce only seems like a radical departure of form, for behind the laughter, Helprin speaks of leaps of faith and second chances, courage and the primacy of love Helprin s latest work, an extraordinarily funny allegory about a most peculiar British royal family, is immensely mocking of contemporary monarchy and yet deeply sympathetic to the individuals caught in its lonely absurdities.
    Freddy and Fredericka By Mark Helprin

    Freddy and Fredericka Helprin, Mark Freddy and Fredericka a brilliantly refashioned fairy tale and a magnificently funny farce only seems like a radical departure of form, for behind the laughter, Helprin speaks of leaps of faith and second chances, courage and the primacy of love Helprin s latest work, an extraordinarily funny allegory about a most peculiar British royal family, is immensely mocking of contemporary monarchy and yet deeply Freddy and Fredericka Freddy and Fredericka by Mark Helprin, Paperback Barnes Jul , Freddy and Fredericka are a changed couple, and Freddy is ready now to bear his mother s death, shoulder his responsibilities, and pass the falcon s test That is, he is ready to be king ABOUT MARK HELPRIN MARK HELPRIN was educated at Harvard, Princeton, and Oxford, and served in the Israeli army, Israeli air force, and British merchant navy. Freddy and Fredericka by Mark Helprin A spoof on the British royal family, Freddy and Fredericka tell the story of the Prince and Princess of Wales, the title characters They are next in line for the throne, and hopelessly ill equipped for the weighty responsibilities, traditions, customs, and gravity that come with this position.

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    1. Shane on said:

      I loved it I love Mark Helprin It took a while for me to see the plot developing as the setup took a good couple hundred pages, but once you get through the setup which is hilarious if you just roll with it you get to the good stuff My favorite thing about Helprin s books is the way he does all this crazy wordsmithing and then out of nowhere condenses it all into a paragraph of precise truth Those moments leave me in tears I loved it My thing is precision in language As a linguist it s kind of m [...]

    2. Steven on said:

      I don t know if it s just me, but novels seem to be necessarily depressing They re always dark and brooding They always seem to capture the very worst side of humanity When someone can write something that s bright and cheerful and make it interesting I m always impressed.This book is laugh out loud funny I found myself guffawing on various modes of public transportation while reading this It s really impressive that he can write physical slapstick humor and have it be funny Halprin has a lot of [...]

    3. Michael O. on said:

      I read Winter s Tale a few years ago, and thought it was beautifully if over written, with a much too threadbare plot to hold up its many pages Still, I liked it enough to pick up Freddy and Fredericka, which I began to read on a whim Boy am I glad I did.My copy of the book claims in two places that This is one of the quickest 500 page books you ll ever read It s a compliment, I guess, and it s or less right but Helprin still writes beautifully, and I wasn t skipping through it to get to the go [...]

    4. Alan on said:

      I am a great fan of Mark Halperin I loved Winters Tale which was a lyrical, often beautiful fantasy, and Soldier of the Great War which I found a moving evocation of love, life and war So it is with real regret that I have to report that this latest book is nothing but childish balderdash.Yes I know it comes festooned with praise but someone has to say that the emperor has no clothes How utterly sad to see a talented writer waste his considerable gifts on this.The humor is below 3rd grade level, [...]

    5. The Book Maven on said:

      Woooo, doggy, this one was a dense one A spoof on the British royal family, Freddy and Fredericka tell the story of the Prince and Princess of Wales, the title characters They are next in line for the throne, and hopelessly ill equipped for the weighty responsibilities, traditions, customs, and gravity that come with this position At least vapid, materialistic, uneducated Fredericka is unready Freddy has a deep awareness of his destiny, but his over educated dialog, arcane sense of humor, intell [...]

    6. Tim on said:

      Beautifully written and absolutely hilarious While about the British Royal family in an alternative world pretty much our own, it also is a beautiful love story and a thoughtful reflection on America, power, and class The title characters are the Prince and Princess of Wales, who, due to some horrible publicity, are sent on a quest to America Its been a long time since I laughed out loud this many times at a book think Wodehouse and Tom Sharpe And it is an intelligent laughter, slapstick at time [...]

    7. Chris on said:

      I love this book.Have you ever seen Blackadder I don t just mean the first season I mean the seasons that make you realize Mr Bean can be really sexy with some facial hair For me, there are two very board and very general types of comedy okay, there are really lots of comedy genres, but I m talking very board stokes here There is mean with the chance it might be funny Letterman , and there is biting but funny and nice touching Blackadder, any British comedy, really For instance, there is a harsh [...]

    8. Suzanne on said:

      Let to me begin by saying I was a big fan of Mark Helprin Years ago I relished the beautiful imagery of A Winter s Tale More recently I found Memoir from Antproof Case to be one of the most hilarious books I d ever read So no one could have been surprised than I was to find that I really disliked Freddy and Fredericka.The premise is this the Prince and Princess of Wales are found by Parliament to be unfit to ascend to the throne They are given one last chance to prove their merit A secret missi [...]

    9. Meri on said:

      Mark Helprin s books would be better if he would cut out some of the wordy, repetitive sections Nonetheless, I thoroughly enjoyed this one It s about the Prince and Princess of Wales a thinly disguised Charles and Diana , who, determined as unfit to rule, are sent to America to prove themselves by reconquering the colonies America is in the midst of a political election between the indecisive Dewey Knott get it and the incumbent Self, a demagogue of an all too familiar sort The ineptitude of eac [...]

    10. Rebecca on said:

      I tried to read both Winter s Tale and the Ant Proof book but neither book interested me in the least My husband loves them, and he reads about one novel every other year when Christopher Buckley writes one, generally so that about sums Helprin up for me.However, a friend gave me this for my birthday and I gave it a try First, I love books about noble struggles, books that combine modern conundrums with ancient solutions, books about finding true love The opening scene in which Freddy has to mak [...]

    11. Jonathan on said:

      I was already a devoted fan of Mark Helprin when this novel was released, so when I saw it on the shelves I bought it immediately I expected I would encounter a tale sweeping in scope, full of deeply human characters, and all spun forth in the rich, dazzling prose that is Helprin s inimitable style And while all these hallmarks are indeed present, Helprin has decided to turn them on their collective ear, and the result is something delightfully unexpected.To explain, and by way of summary, the t [...]

    12. Lynn on said:

      Ok, I did not read the whole book Around page 125 I called it quits Funny, yes, but not enough to endure 500 pages with the knowledge in the back of my mind that Helprin wrote speeches for Bob Dole Plus, everything I know about the British royals came from the film The Queen, so I lack the background to fully appreciate the subject matter here I ll eat crow at bookgroup next month when others report how well they liked it Onward

    13. Lex Poot on said:

      One of the worst books I have ever read Author tries to be funny on every page and fails hopelessly After they went to America I had to put the book away for several months as the whole sequencing would even embarrass a b movie producer.

    14. Jason Mills on said:

      The unlikely premise of this glorious romp is that the Prince and Princess of Wales are behaving so fecklessly as royals that they are parachuted without resources into the USA, to undergo trial by fire and retake the colonies for the crown The pair begin as alternate versions, caricatures, of Charles and Diana, but their journey transfigures them into bigger, bolder and deeper characters They follow a picaresque series of increasingly funny adventures as they cross the continent, finding new re [...]

    15. Ashley on said:

      I have no idea how to rate this book it s hilarious and ridiculous, farcical and heartwarming The beginning and end of the book the parts set in Great Britain are worthy of a full 5 stars At one point I actually laughed until there were tears streaming down my face, and several times my husband had the treat of being read an especially amusing part aloud which usually resulted in a puzzled look and a quick exit from the room Other times, though, Helprin settled for humor that was a bit junior hi [...]

    16. Korri on said:

      Yes, this book got off to a slow start Yes, this book has some painfully slapstick comedy and ludicrous linguistic manoeuvrings Yes, some parts of it dragged.But at the heart of Freddy and Fredericka is a deep love of the British monarchy despite or because of its absurdities and a deep love of the United States despite or because of its fantastical scope I laughed out loud many times, causing my family anxiety about my mental health when I tried to explain the scenarios that caused my mirth Ult [...]

    17. sage on said:

      Note This is the audiobook version of this book, read by Robert Ian MacKenzie, which is a monumental 26 hours long.I absolutely adore some of Helprin s work Winter s Tale is one of my very favorite books ever, and some of the stories in The Pacific are magnificent The trouble with FF is the length.What I love are Helprin s vivid descriptions, his exquisite language, his cutting commentary on modern culture, and his gorgeous range of vocabulary.What makes me crazy is the plodding, tiresome pace o [...]

    18. Patricia on said:

      I got this book from a booklist at the library, one of those if you like this, you might like this sort of things I can t find what the this was that led me to the book, but I quite indeed like this book and I m thankful for the list for steering me to it.In an alternate present, the Prince of Wales Freddy, son of Phillipa, not Charles, son of Elizabeth is sent by the mysterious Mr Neil to travel incognito with his glamorous wife to conquer the United States of America The book skewers everythin [...]

    19. J.A.A. Purves on said:

      This is probably the most comical book of Helprin s with a number of laugh out loud moments in it But it s not just a comedy There are a whole collection of beautifully written and inspiring passages Reaching the ending, I can t help leaving the book convinced than ever that I ve been cheated by my modern education The reason the two main characters become the heroes that they do is because they are educated and then proceed to educate themselves further in a wide swath of history, literature, [...]

    20. David Eppenstein on said:

      One of the best and funniest books I have ever read in my life I recommend this book to all my friends It s about a British Royal Family that the reader can t help but identify it with the present royal family during the life of Princess Diana The queen and the British people despair at the Prince and Princess of Wales ever being fit to reign This despair requires the the queen to send for Mr Neil, the 10,000 year old guardian of the monarchy who is then presently working in an Italian sex toy f [...]

    21. Wes O'Dell on said:

      Bizarre, silly, and hilarious, Helprin s Freddy and Fredericka, put simply, works Part Odyssey, part vaudeville, the unlikely tale of the Prince and Princess of Wales on their journey to conquer America deftly lampoons politics, society, and culture while simultaneously being a form of love letter to them all Notable for its skillful blending of artful, at times touching, description of the American expanse and of concepts as abstract as love and attraction and duty with off the wall humor divid [...]

    22. Amy Masonis on said:

      WellI couldn t put it down A very strange, boomerang kind of storytelling that I unexpectedly fell in love with Slapstick comedy got married to the most beautiful and loving descriptions of the characters making their way through the life that was given to them Do what, what This story was absurd 10,000%, but that s the point It HAS to be over the top, because that s really the way life is, isn t it And Mark Helprin s language was some of the most beautiful I ve ever read, when Freddy and Freder [...]

    23. Karma on said:

      I had a really difficult time getting into this book I don t know, I think the author s sense of humor just didn t do it for me By the time things started picking up in the story line, I was so annoyed that it had taken that long to get to that point, I had started reading another book and really wasn t interested in returning to Freddy and Fredericka Maybe I ll try it again another time, skipping the long first several chapters.

    24. Karen on said:

      This is the only one of Mark Helprin s books that just hasn t worked for me The prose is still great I think he tried too hard to replicate the humor of Memoir from Antproof Case There were funny bits, but most seemed strained Try his A Soldier of the Great War, Winter s Tale, or Memoir, my favorite book ever, instead.

    25. Carrie on said:

      This book is like that Who s On First comedy sketchat goes on for 500 pages A satire of British royalty and America where the Prince and Princess of Wales a thinly disguised Charles and Diana are sent anonymously to America to see if they can survive and re conquer the colony, and thus prove that they are worthy of the crown It s an amusing idea, but the story proceeds to be one farcical misadventure after another, mostly resulting in and from exchanges like this trying to convince a psychiatris [...]

    26. Judi Pfancuff on said:

      Saw this title today on LitFlash and it reminded me of the fact that I really enjoyed this book and thought the quote below was brilliant Today, older and wiser, I still think it s excellent advice for educated, middle class kids in their early twenties as my girls were in 2006 , but much too glib for anyone struggling with serious mental health issues Oh yeah, the low fat thing is bunk, too, and you don t need grains.Freddy All you need do is refrain from smoking, drinking and the use of drugs [...]

    27. Bookworm on said:

      Maybe this shouldn t have been my first Helprin book I like historical fiction, I don t mind alternate history fantasy history type books at all But this was a really tedious read and I wonder if perhaps this wasn t a good Helprin book to choose as my first The book was very slow to start As other reviewers have said, it takes awhile for the plot to get together I don t mind that for scene setting or if it has a good payoff in the end, but by the time it gelled together it was difficult to care [...]

    28. Sarah on said:

      Hmmm, well it took me a very long time to gain any interest in reading this book Helprin takes an exceedingly long time getting to the rising action of the story He spends at least 100 pages developing the characters, and considering there were only two in this novel, it moved very slowly for me I own his three children s stories which I highly recommend and I suppose I went into this novel expecting immediate greatness The slow pace, coupled with the presence of a bumbling but misunderstood cha [...]

    29. Bookmarks Magazine on said:

      Readers will recognize Prince Charles and Princess Diana in this farcical fairy tale about the contemporary ills of right wing America and the British monarchy__and fans of Princess Diana will not be amused Frederick and Fredericka is an imaginative story about politics and society that feels loose, undisciplined, and self indulgent But hey, stop the presses__Michiko Kakutani of The New York Times liked a book Although the story moves along quickly, it nonetheless takes too long to reach its obv [...]

    30. Lobstergirl on said:

      There are times, many, many times, when Freddy and Fredericka seems near collapse from the weight of its own silliness and slapstick humor On occasion I had to turn to dense nonfiction as a palate cleanser I can t say the plot, which involves a Merlin like character sending Freddy and Fredericka, two British royals vaguely modeled on Charles and Diana, to America in order to reclaim it for the Empire, so that Freddy might earn his place in the royal succession, held my interest Yet at the end, w [...]

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