Uncertain Voyage Mass Market Paperback – Dec 27 1988
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With a broken marriage and a nervous breakdown barely behind her, Melissa sails for Europe. When a strange traveler urgently asks her to deliver a book to a secret address, Melissa agrees -- much against her better judgment. Soon Melissa realizes she's being followed. Her life is suddenly in danger. And as she finds herself forced to fight alone against an enemy she cannot understand, Melissa discovers something extraordinary about herself, something she never suspected . . .
About the Author
Dorothy Gilman is the author of the Mrs. Pollifax series of novels, as well as several others. She divides her time between Norwalk, Connecticut, and Albuquerque, New Mexico.
Top Customer Reviews
I thought Gilman did an excellent job of conveying how the world seemed like to Melissa at the beginning of her journey and how it seemed to her at the end. Often it seems like people suffering from depression and people who are not are totally unable to communicate, really unable to see the world from the other's perspective however much they try. I especially liked the insight that she couldn't truly love or see other people as they were until she got over herself. Melissa felt like a real individual to me. She wasn't perfect or predictable but she was likable and special.
On the down side, I suppose that if you weren't in the mood for this sort of book, then the continuous introspection and Melissa's initial fear and inability to deal with the world could be a bit tiresome. But if I'm in an introspective mood myself, or if it's a rainy day and I want something to match, this is a lovely book. Quite uplifting.
I just enjoyed this book tremendously. It is a departure from the Mrs Pollifax series stories but very enjoyable.
I cant believe this book didnt get more stars from other readers.. but thats ok.. to each his own.. I loved this book!
`Melissa' married at sixteen and overlooked self-discovery but dug herself out of a complacent life. We meet her after she has finished with a psychiatrist and is trying out her sea legs... and voice. Her apprehension about proving she can be assertive, independent, and find real joy is interspersed with a political chase. This saves the novel from the mundane philosophical approach of Anne Enright's "The Gathering" and the too-long soliloquies of Beth Powning's "The Hatbox Letters". There is mystery and danger to ponder all along, injected early but mounting slowly and culminating in extreme circumstances. The author didn't make it easy on the heroine and I admire such hard-hitting in 1967.
I would like to see inside the export company but the outcomes of both threads are clear; even if not played out in full view to satisfy readers. Regular contemplation is the only weight on this adventure, otherwise buoyantly traversing three countries. If an underage marriage causes undeveloped perception of life then Melissa mulling commonplace victories is plausible; like feeling triumphant that she possesses and exercises opinions. Scenes are in constant motion, you want the heroine to succeed, and she acts intelligently when convinced the ordeal is real. Most remarkable is Dorothy kept dreaming up plots and characters that resemble no work she created before.
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I love Dorothy Gilman's books. I have all the Mrs. Pollifax and am collecting her stand alone novels. Read morePublished on June 13 2003