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Pilgrims [Kindle Edition]

Elizabeth Gilbert
4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (13 customer reviews)

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Book Description

The cowboys, strippers, labourers and magicians of Pilgrims are all on their way to being somewhere, or someone, else. Some are browbeaten and world-weary, others are deluded and naïve, yet all seek companionship as fiercely as they can. A tough East Coast girl dares a western cowboy to run off with her; a matronly bar owner falls in love with her nephew; an innocent teenager falls hopelessly for the local bully's sister.


These are tough heroes and heroines, hardened by their experiences, who struggle for their epiphanies. Yet hope is never far away and though they may act blindly, they always act bravely. Sharply drawn and tenderly observed, Pilgrims is filled with Gilbert's inimitable humour and warmth.


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'Gilbert takes us on a grit-strewn ride into the heart of Country and Western territory: good old boys, cowgirls, dingy bars, the backwaters and empty plains of America' Sunday Times 'The distinctive cant of Gilbert's stories recalls the off-kilter worlds of T. Craghessan Boyle, and she embraces the bizarre and fabulous with similar enthusiasm ... But blunt summaries capture none of Gilbert's subtlety. Whether trashing those on high or celebrating those below, she moves stealthily, avoiding the temptation to grandstand, moralize or, especially, patronize' New York Times Book Review 'The heroes of Pilgrims, Elizabeth Gilbert's gimmickless story collection, are everyday seekers...This first-time writer has all the hallmarks of a great writer: sympathy, wit, and an amazing ear for dialogue' Harper's Bazaar 'A superior collection of stories about women who are as tough as they look, though perhaps not quite as tough as they think they are' Glamour

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'Gilbert takes us on a grit-strewn ride into the heart of Country and Western territory: good old boys, cowgirls, dingy bars, the backwaters and empty plains of America' Sunday Times 'The distinctive cant of Gilbert's stories recalls the off-kilter worlds of T. Craghessan Boyle, and she embraces the bizarre and fabulous with similar enthusiasm ... But blunt summaries capture none of Gilbert's subtlety. Whether trashing those on high or celebrating those below, she moves stealthily, avoiding the temptation to grandstand, moralize or, especially, patronize' New York Times Book Review 'The heroes of Pilgrims, Elizabeth Gilbert's gimmickless story collection, are everyday seekers...This first-time writer has all the hallmarks of a great writer: sympathy, wit, and an amazing ear for dialogue' Harper's Bazaar 'A superior collection of stories about women who are as tough as they look, though perhaps not quite as tough as they think they are' Glamour

Product details

  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 752 KB
  • Print Length: 228 pages
  • Publisher: Bloomsbury Paperbacks; 1 edition (23 Nov. 2009)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B003WJRDQ0
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (13 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #82,670 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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Elizabeth Gilbert is an award-winning writer of both fiction and non-fiction. Her short story collection Pilgrims was a finalist for the PEN/Hemingway award, and her novel Stern Men was a New York Times notable book. In 2002, she published The Last American Man, which was a finalist for both the National Book Award and the National Book Critics' Circle Award. She is best known for her 2006 memoir Eat, Pray, Love, which was published in over thirty languages and sold more than seven million copies worldwide. The film, released in 2010, stars Julia Roberts and Javier Bardem. Committed: A Sceptic Makes Peace with Marriage, a follow-up to Eat, Pray, Love, was published in 2010. Elizabeth Gilbert lives in New Jersey, USA.

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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Wonderful storyteller 18 Oct. 2006
Format:Paperback
This book was an absolute delight to read. Elizabeth Gilbert, in my opinion, writes in a similar style to Annie Proulx, whose books I also think are wonderful. The characters are so believable, and I was completely entranced by the stories, feeling a range of emotions, from sadness, to disgust, to delight, to happiness. Most of the stories were so touching. I really hope other people will enjoy this book.
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars No praise high enough 10 Dec. 1997
By A Customer
Format:Hardcover
Of all the darned good stories I've come across, Elizabeth Gilbert writes the darnedest goodest, perhaps "the best." "The Famous Torn and Restored Lit Cigarette Trick" in particular has all the mistifying charms of the sleight of hand illusions she describes therein: it's dexterous and surprising, baffling and revelatory. Be warned--Gilbert writes seatbelts-off short fiction that reinvigorates the sleepy genre and makes it buy us all a drink.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A fascinating collection! 14 April 1998
By A Customer
Format:Hardcover
"Pilgrims" is a fascinating work - like a vice slowly tightening, Gilbert clamps on to the reader and never lets go. My personal favorite story is the gentle beautiful narrative about 15 year old Denny Brown. Gilbert balances the innocence and naivity of youth with the hidden lustiness that every teen encounters.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Pilgrims 15 April 2012
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
The thing I absolutely love about Gilbert as a writer is her warm, sensitive voice and her simple, yet sophisticated way of telling very human tales. Pilgrims is a collection of her short stories, and, as ever, Gilbert is true to style. And for everyone who loves the gritty America of seedy bars, cowboy boots and wide open spaces, this book focuses on that theme beautifully.

Having said that, not all of the stories spoke to me. Some I found made no impression on me at all (Elk Talk, Alice to the East, Come and Fetch These Stupid Kids). Others I found too bizarre to enjoy (The Names of Flowers and Girls, The Famous Torn and Restored Lit Cigarette Trick, The Finest Wife, Bird Shot). And then there were a few I absolutely loved (Landing, Pilgrims, The Many Things Denny Brown Did Not Know (Age Fifteen), At The Bronx Terminal Vegetable Market).

But I think this is inevitable in a book of short stories, and I wonder whether that is the beauty of such a collection - There will be something in there for everyone, and different stories will mean different things to you at different times in your life. As such, it is a little box of treasures.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars disappointed 1 Feb. 2010
By Smiley
Format:Paperback
I read Eat Pray Love and thought it was a great read. The conversations were so vivid and amusing and I thought the author could tell a good story. I was very disappointed with this book. It is a collection of short stories and the beginning and middles are good, but without exception all the endings were disappointing. I would thoroughly recommend Eat Pray Love, but not Pilgrims.Pilgrims
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Good 18 Sept. 1997
By A Customer
Format:Hardcover
Elizabeth Gilber is certainly a talent. The tales were diverse and interesting but I felt cheeted of completeness and closure. Each character faces his or her own pilgramage in each short story, and in the end, they are no closer than when they began. There is no "ah hah" so this is it. I felt each one was the begining of a to be continued series.
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4.0 out of 5 stars An enjoyable worthwhile read! 19 Jun. 2011
Format:Paperback
As a lover of all of Elizabeth Gilbert's work this was a fine refreshing treat to read. To enter the lives of various every day americans in their every day lives was both thought provoking and humbling. So if you have an afternoon free or your taking a long train journey why not pass away the hours with a bit of escapism to the lives of those in the mid west!
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