A Soldier of the Great War
Date: October 2007
Duration: 31 hours 3 minutes
From acclaimednovelist Mark Helprin comes a lush, literary epic about love, beauty, and theworld at war.
Alessandro Giuliani, the young son of aprosperous Roman lawyer, enjoys an idyllic life full of privilege: he raceshorses across the country to the sea, he climbs mountains in the Alps, and,while a student of painting at the ancient university in Bologna, he falls inlove. Then the Great War intervenes. Half a century later, in August of 1964,Alessandro, a white-haired professor, tall and proud, meets an illiterate youngfactory worker on the road. As they walk toward Monte Prato, a village seventykilometers away, the old man-a soldier and a hero who became a prisoner andthen a deserter, wandering in the hell that claimed Europe-tells him how hetragically lost one family and gained another. The boy, envying the richnessand drama of Alessandro's experiences, realizes that this magnificent tale isnot merely a story: it's a recapitulation of his life, his reckoning withmortality, and, above all, a love song for his family.