Pilgrim

Paperback | August 28, 2000

byTimothy Findley

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Ageless. Sexless. Deathless. Timeless. Pilgrim is a man who cannot die, an astounding character in a novel of the cataclysmic contest between creation and destruction. Pilgrim is Timothy Findley’s latest masterwork, a finalist for the Giller Prize, and a national bestseller that has smashed the author’s own impressive sales records. Recently published in the US, Pilgrim is gathering rave reviews, and will be released in the UK this spring.

It is 1912 and Pilgrim has been admitted to the Burghölzli Psychiatric Clinic in Zürich, Switzerland, having failed—once again—to commit suicide. Over the next two years, it is up to Carl Jung, self-professed mystical scientist of the mind, to help Pilgrim unlock his unconsciousness, etched as it is with myriad sufferings and hopes of history. Is Pilgrim mad, or is he condemned to live forever, witness to the terrible tragedy and beauty of the human condition?

Both intimate and expansive in its scope, with an absorbing parade of characters—mythic, fictional and historical—Pilgrim is a fiercely original and powerful story from one of our most distinguished artists.

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Ageless. Sexless. Deathless. Timeless. Pilgrim is a man who cannot die, an astounding character in a novel of the cataclysmic contest between creation and destruction. Pilgrim is Timothy Findley’s latest masterwork, a finalist for the Giller Prize, and a national bestseller that has smashed the author’s own impressive sales records. Re...

Timothy Findley was one of CanadaÆs most compelling and best loved writers, from the publication of his first novel in 1967 until his death in June 2002. His acclaimed novels include Spadework, Pilgrim, The Piano ManÆs Daughter, Headhunter, Not Wanted on the Voyage, Famous Last Words and The Wars. Findley was a two-time winner of the G...

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:552 pages, 8 × 5.31 × 1.25 inPublished:August 28, 2000Publisher:HarperCollinsLanguage:English

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ISBN - 13:9780006485278

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Rated 5 out of 5 by from An incredible journey Timothy Findley delivers an incredible journey that combines the science of psychiatry, the notion of immortality and has woven his craft in such a way that forces the reader to ponder the purpose of Art and life itself.
Date published: 2013-10-17
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Intriguing Intriguing plot, however, the characters failed to evoke any real pathos. The novel raises interesting questions about faith, philosophy, art and the continuity of our collective histories.
Date published: 2010-03-15
Rated 2 out of 5 by from An Insightful but rather dull tale of science vs. religion Oh Findley, you have disappointed me again. I dont know, maybe it was the fact that I had just finished reading Famous Last Words, but Pilgrim seemed to be quite unremarkable in the scheme of things. It was also alot like Headhunter, one of Findley's other books, also about psychiatry. I have noticed a number of themes in his novels thus far, having read most of them 1)Psychology 2) War 3) Sexual Ambiguity 4) Story Telling (Fact vs. Fiction) These themes seem to come up over and over again in all his writings (except perhaps Not Wanted on the Voyage) but certainly in Headhunter, Pilgrim, Famous Last Words and The Butterfly Plague. This is not a bad thing, but it is perhaps a reason not to read all his books in a row, as they tend to bleed together.
Date published: 2008-06-05
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Cover to Cover --- a 10! {English Graduate} I'm an English Graduate and I think this is Timothy Findley at his finest. This book was hard to put down and I want to read it again and again. Although certain times appear to contain less suspense, there is factual material to make up for this. To describe this book, it contains: suspense, action, psychological abnormalities, social restraints, and a plot that keeps you guessing whether Pilgrim is really "for real" or just a psychologically disturbed man (as well as other characters in the story). A great read cover to cover, whether you are a post-secondary graduate or simply looking for a different, but good, read. This is an excellent book to read with friends and debate... but also a superb book on its own to read for fun.
Date published: 2007-05-12
Rated 4 out of 5 by from an awesone book i'm 16 and read the book early on this year - i thaught it was amazing! I loved the whole idea of the book - yes the main character in this book -a man who cannot die -pilgrim, lives in a mental instution and the book does explore certain ideas. Though the author never came to a full concluesion. I was more facinated, however, with Jung the legendary psyhicatrist who was treating Pilgrim. I loved how we got into Jungs head. And after i read the book i went on to read more about Jung and his studies (like the Jung personality tests-readily available on google or similarminds.com) nonetheless the ending was almost deus ex machina- almost but i was disappointed as no explanation was given about Pilgrims existance. Yet again that was probably the whole motive behind the novel. Still read it- its absolutely awesome!
Date published: 2005-08-16
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Amazing book. I'm 18 years old, and Timothy Findley has already become my favourite (Canadian) author... the librarian said it would be difficult to read this book but it was so well-written that I devoured it in a day and a half. To anyone who has doubts -- don't! Buy this book!
Date published: 2002-01-12
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Great prose, great idea, but not unflawed This is the third Findley novel I have read, and definitely my favourite (the others being "The Wars" and "Not Wanted on the Voyage"). His skilled use of language always proves to be an engaging read, and Pilgrim is no exception. Like the other reader review, I agree that the ending did seem a bit rushed and left a little too much unexplained. The story hinted at some grand ideas, but failed to explore any of them in great detail. Perhaps this was Findley's intention, to let the reader know that there are some things that cannot be explained and that there is always the allure of mystery in the world around us. Also, Findley's research and historical accounts are to be commended; this could not have been an easy, or quick, book to write, and I applaud his effort. The only other weakness may be in the no-so-subtle interjection of some political ideology within the storyline (e.g. the plight of women in history, the faults of religion, etc.). Not that the criticisms are not valid, but some parts bordered on preaching in which Findley's own voice seemed to be heard above that the characters. Still, a very enjoyable read. Kudos, Tim!
Date published: 2001-04-27
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Interesting Idea, Good Novel! This is the first book I've read by Timothy Findley, and I am quite pleased. The entire concept of the novel(ie: a man who cannot die) is wonderful, and the character development is astounding. My sole problem with the book is that there are certain loose ends that it leaves untied, and I think the ending was rushed. Other than those two complaints, I recommend this book to all book lovers.
Date published: 2001-01-28