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  • Paperback: 552 pages
  • Publisher: Harper Perennial; 1st HarperPerennial Canada ed edition (Aug. 28 2000)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0006485278
  • ISBN-13: 978-0006485278
  • Product Dimensions: 20.1 x 13.5 x 3.8 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 386 g
  • Average Customer Review: 3.3 out of 5 stars 18 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #151,920 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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"An extraordinary gifted storyteller."-- "Publishers Weekly""Seeing Findley's name on a book's cover immediately sends a signal to readers: here's a story that will be provocative and intriguing, beautifully told, and one-of-a-kind. Findley offers both sheer unputdownable entertainment and intelligent, thoughtful writing." -- "Booklist""Beautiful writing and extraordinary invention."-- "Chicago Tribune""It's rare to find an author in which the moralist and the entertainer cohabit so naturally."-- "New York Times Book Review""Findley spins a fine tale...[his] powers of description are truly extraordinary. Pilgrim is an impressive creation."-- "The Wall Street Journal"What is most appealing about this meganovel is that despite its daunting display of the intellectual evolution of the world through literature, art, politics and history, it remains endlessly enjoyable and never fails to engage the reader. "Pilgrim endlessly rewards the reader with luxuriant prose, complex characters and challenging ideas. It is an adventuresome ride well worth taking."-- "Chicago Tribune"Provocative."-- "Richmond Times-Dispatch"Findley is a thinking person's storyteller."-- "Houston Chronicle"Impressive."-- "Denver Rocky Mountain News""Pilgrim is an entertaining book, as visual as the artists depicted in it."-- "Minneapolis Star Tribune"Soaring...["Pilgrim is] a gorgeously complex novel of ideas and a rousing good read."-- "Ruminator Review --This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.

About the Author

Timothy Findley's recent titles include Pilgrim, which was a finalist for the Giller Prize and his first published in the United States; You Went Away; Dust to Dust; and The Piano Man's Daughter. He was also the author of the acclaimed Headhunter, Not Wanted on the Voyage, Famous Last Words, and The Wars. His most recent play, Elizabeth Rex, won the Governor General's Award for Drama. His work has won innumerable honors, including the Governor General's Award for Fiction and the Edgar Award. He was the only three-time recipient of the Canadian Authors Association Award, bestowed for fiction, nonfiction, and drama. He was an Officer of the Order of Canada and, in France, Chevalier de l'Ordre des Arts et des Lettres. He split his time between homes in Stratford, Ontario and the south of France. He died in France in June 2002 at the age of 71.


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Format: Kindle Edition
incredible witing . highly imaginative. it seems to me this author sees humanity with a truth i have rarely encountered in the hundreds and hundreds of books i that i have read. although insightful by my account the novel seemed so utterly original. bravo. also very literary. as though it was written in the flavour of novels of that time period. i thoroughly enjoyed mr pilgrim. ihave many books on jung that i must peruse now that i have read your insights thank you
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Timothy Findley has written another great work of art. Pilgrim, the central character, is a tragic figure not because he gave his life for a great cause; but he is tragic because he cannot seem to die (or is he just a bit schizo?..hmmm). The novel focuses on themes of trust, loss and redemption. In the end, though, I began trusting more of the bit characters (ie. Jung's wife) and empathizing with her loss more than the central figures. One note of dissappointment. The book tends to lose a little steam at the end. We simply just wish Pilgrim could successfully end himself and thus the novel. Does he succeed? We are still uncertain.
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I found the story to be a better idea than reality. For someone so mysterious, Findley writes in an extraordinarily dry, organized, linear way. I could just imagine him consulting his 10 page outline, it never once enters into the mysterious, way too rational, really. It should have been called Jung, not Pilgrim, because it was really a story about Jung and for that it was good, very interesting, but Pilgrim we never realy get to know. The majority of the book is about Jung with occasional spatterings of Pilgrim's POV. Pilgrim's POV seemed quite sparse, I don't think the author spent enough time on it. Also, the connection between Emma and Pilgrim should have been explored more for my taste, but really, he was trying to show too many different POVs in one book, that is too hard to do I think. Ken Kesey's Sometimes a Great Notion did that well but he didnt have an immortal character who had lived since the beginning of time. I feel a little short-changed, after all the time I invested reading this 500+ page novel, I wish I could have known more of Pilgrim a character I know I would've adored if I could've known him better. He' strying to do too much, showing Pilgrim's relation with Davinci, Wilde, these things take time to develop he just gives it 5 pages, not enough time, it seems fake, unless we are to believe he really is crazy and so none of these things happened. That would be the only reason to leave it so sparsely told. Good story if he would complete it, fill it out, it fills like an outline, a skeleton.
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By A Customer on Feb. 14 2001
Format: Paperback
This work is entirely different from anything I've ever read. I appreciated the brooding tone of the story and the undercurrent of foreshadowing leading up to its climax. The ending was a little unorthodox and left me with a need for closure, however, I believe Findley does this purposefully as a way to compliment the mysterious and spiritual undertones of the plot. A comfortable, soothing read. Felt as if I were in a reverie, I could almost set it to music.
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By A Customer on March 9 2001
Format: Paperback
Beautifully written and richly imagined, this is a fascinating novel that challenges historical reality and presents psychology and philosophy in a unique way. Interesting portrait of Jung and a cast of wonderfully realized characters. A thoughtful and thought provoking journey through time and the human psyche.
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By A Customer on April 17 2001
Format: Paperback
Pilgrim begins quite enigmatically and I began it with a lot of hope for one very special book. Unfortunately, the book's enigmatic qualities soon fizzle as the plot veers off course only to finish with many dangling threads. I do not mind dangling threads if the plot supports and calls for them, but Pilgrim seemed to need a little more. We simply don't know what Findley is trying to tell us.
Findley's writing, as always, is truly first rate and the book is enjoyable to read for this reason alone. While I found it difficult to identify with the character of Pilgrim (this could have been deliberate on Findley's part, I know, given the book's nature), I did enjoy the "intimate" look at Carl Jung and his long-suffering and loyal wife, Emma. How true this account of the Jung's is is not really important. This is fiction, not fact. What is important is that Findley gives us an engrossing portrait of a marriage that could stand a little work, especially on the part of Jung.
Pilgrim is a good book and one that I don't think anyone will regret reading. It is definitely not Findley's best and contains some plot holes that I think would have been better had they been filled.
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This is not the best Timothy Findley I have read. The most interesting part of the story is the background. The mental institutions, family relationships and above all, if I have read the book correctly, the coming presence of the Nazis.
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I was telling a friend how much I enjoy reading Timothy Findlay and I like him so much I re bought this novel to re read.
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