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Pilgrims

Tekijä: Elizabeth Gilbert

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Fiction. Literature. HTML:Bizarre and fabulous . . . [Gilbert] moves stealthily, avoiding the temptation to grandstand, moralize, or, especially, patronize.The New York Times Book Review
When it appeared in 1997, Elizabeth Gilberts first book, the story collection PILGRIMS, immediately announced her compelling voice, her comic touch, and her rare sense of compassion. Richly varied in setting and content, these short stories track her diverse characters as they each pursue their own singular American pilgrimage. In the title story, a tough East Coast girl dares a Western cowboy to run off with her. In The Famous Torn and Restored Cigarette Trick, a family of Hungarian musicians struggles for redemption in Pittsburgh, while in At the Bronx Terminal Vegetable Market an ignorant laborer is on an impossible and tragic quest for honor. The heroes of PILGRIMS . . . are everyday seekers (Harpers Bazaar)they may act blindly, especially about love, but they always act bravely, and they are unforgettable.
A superior collection of stories about women who are as tough as they look, though perhaps not as tough as they think they are.Glamour.
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I actually only read half of this, but because it's a book of short stories I feel I can comment on the quality of the book not having finished it. After all, I read 4 or 5 finished products and not 40-50% of a product. That makes sense, right?

Anyway, I only bought the book to give to my Mom because she loved [b:Eat, Pray, Love|19501|Eat, Pray, Love|Elizabeth Gilbert|http://photo.goodreads.com/books/1269870432s/19501.jpg|3352398] so much. But then I didn't see her for like five days so I had it in my bag all that time and I just read it because it was there.

So the verdict is: She writes pretty good stories. They're sad like country songs. ( )
  LibrarianDest | Jan 3, 2024 |
Pilgrims is a short story collection, Elizabeth Gilbert's first published book. Though it garnered some awards and recognition at the time, I'd venture to say most readers were or are not familiar with it, since Gilbert's Eat, Pray, Love was what really put her on the map.

I've read a few of Gilbert's books at this point and I generally like her writing, which was why I picked up this particular audiobook, despite not being a particular fan of the short story genre. But this collection was a big miss for me. From the descriptive blurb on the back of the book: "...these short stories track her diverse characters as they each pursue their own singular American pilgrimage." I didn't necessarily think the writing was bad, but the stories really just didn't appeal to me at all. And each and every one, without exception, ended abruptly without warning, leaving me with what I'm sure was a puzzled look on my face every time. Maybe these stories and this style would resonate with some readers, but I'm not one of them. ( )
  indygo88 | Apr 29, 2023 |
Pizazz is the word that comes to mind after reading the short story collection Pilgrims by Elizabeth Gilbert. These are twelve stories that chart the paths of various oddball characters across disparate landscapes through eccentric and unpredictable situations and adventures. In the title story, Pennsylvanian Martha Knox gets a job as a ranch hand in Wyoming and challenges the cowboy narrator to run off with her across the Rocky Mountains. In “Elk Talk,” Jean and Ed, living on a remote property at the edge of the Wyoming wilderness, have taken in Jean’s nephew Benny after an accident has rendered Benny’s mother comatose. On Halloween, with Ed away at a conference, Jean and Benny meet their new neighbours, the Donaldsons, and as the eerie and unsettling encounter unfolds, Lance Donaldson successfully demonstrates a device that mimics an elk’s call. “The Many Things That Denny Brown did not Know (Age Fifteen)” (one of several tales with a cumbersome title) tells the story of naïve teen Denny Brown, whose frequent confusion regarding the behaviour and motives of the people around him, including his parents, actually comes to seem like a sort of savant wisdom. And “The Famous Torn and Restored Lit Cigarette Trick” revolves around the volatile and erratic temperament of Hungarian immigrant Richard Hoffman, his long involvement with his brother-in-law, magician Ace Douglas, Douglas’s magician/flautist daughter Esther, and a rabbit named Bonnie. Gilbert writes prose that never seems to stop moving. Her stories vibrate with a kind of dynamism, events tumble over each other and off the page. Undeniably entertaining, these stories are also witty and crammed with detail. Readers will notice that Gilbert sometimes uses elision to move her plots forward, skipping years of a character’s life in order to get to the part that interests her, ie: “She was married to him for forty-three years, and then he died of a heart attack.” – from “The Finest Wife.” There is also an aspect of the writing that can seem to some extent random: occasionally, in her rush to enumerate the events of a character’s life, the events themselves can seem plucked out of thin air, listed perhaps for shock value or humorous effect but adding little to the story or our knowledge of the character. The extraneous detail can be a distraction, since you believe it will be relevant later, but then it isn’t. Still, this is an impressive collection from a writer whose career since the publication of this debut volume has been one triumph after another. ( )
  icolford | Nov 18, 2019 |
These are well written stories, and well read on the audio CD version. They're diverse in their story lines and sometimes funny. I had a consistent problem with them, though. And maybe it's just me, but after each story ended I thought, "and then what?" It's as though Elizabeth Gilbert opens the door to a little drama unfolding and then closes it before the drama plays out. For those who like to exercise their imagination, this book would be pleasurable. For those (like me) who like a bit more closure to a story, not so much. ( )
  wdwilson3 | Dec 5, 2012 |
Unique, tough and real characters populate this rather quirky book of stories that all seem to fairly vibrate and hum with a rich and powerful sense of place. She captures beautifully the innocence and tenderness possible from a clueless 15-year-old boy as deftly as the defensive irascibility of a Montana woman who receives a visit from unexpected neighbors while her husband is away. I was repeatedly struck by the economy of her prose, something I aspire to but rarely achieve in my own. Will probably have to re-read these several times to really absorb everything that is going on in them. Unusual, unpredictable and quite enjoyable. ( )
  magritteamour | May 7, 2011 |
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Katso lisäohjeita Common Knowledge -sivuilta (englanniksi).
Teoksen kanoninen nimi
Alkuteoksen nimi
Teoksen muut nimet
Alkuperäinen julkaisuvuosi
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When that April with his showres soote

The drought of March hath perced to the roote

And bathed every vein in swich licour

Of which vertu engendred is the flowr

When Zephyrus, eek, with his sweete breeth

Inspired hath in every holt and heeth

The tender croppes, and the yonge sunne

Hath in the Ram his halve course y-runne,

And smalle fowles maken melodye

That sleepen all the night with open ye

(So pricketh hem Nature in hir corages),

Than longen folk to goon on pilgrimages...

-Geoffrey Chaucer
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For Mom and Dad

with much love
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Fiction. Literature. HTML:Bizarre and fabulous . . . [Gilbert] moves stealthily, avoiding the temptation to grandstand, moralize, or, especially, patronize.The New York Times Book Review
When it appeared in 1997, Elizabeth Gilberts first book, the story collection PILGRIMS, immediately announced her compelling voice, her comic touch, and her rare sense of compassion. Richly varied in setting and content, these short stories track her diverse characters as they each pursue their own singular American pilgrimage. In the title story, a tough East Coast girl dares a Western cowboy to run off with her. In The Famous Torn and Restored Cigarette Trick, a family of Hungarian musicians struggles for redemption in Pittsburgh, while in At the Bronx Terminal Vegetable Market an ignorant laborer is on an impossible and tragic quest for honor. The heroes of PILGRIMS . . . are everyday seekers (Harpers Bazaar)they may act blindly, especially about love, but they always act bravely, and they are unforgettable.
A superior collection of stories about women who are as tough as they look, though perhaps not as tough as they think they are.Glamour.

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