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To Be a Pilgrim

(1942)
(The second book in the First Trilogy series)
A novel by

 
"A remarkable novel. An original attempt to embody a complete vision of life, and it contains scenes as vivid and beautiful as anything else in modern fiction."
Edwin Muir

"Its excellence lies in the great skill with which a character is drawn in all its variety, in the minor portraits of members of
his family with their subsidiary stories and in the unhesitating and illuminating detail of half a century of English life."
The Observer

"A sheer pleasure to read. Joyce Cary writes with such grace and wit we can never have enough of it."
New York Sun

Tom Wilcher is a miserly lawyer deeply at odds with the modern world.

On the verge of death, he plots to run away and marry his former housekeeper Sara Monday. He reviews his life and times, looking back on the bloody conflicts that ushered in the twentieth century and on the varied fortunes of the close-knit family that he both resents and adores.

To Be a Pilgrim is a study in contradictions, the confession of a political radical turned reactionary, of a religious man and sometime sexual offender, of a miserly landowner who is also a passionate defender of the beauties of an English countryside threatened by economic development. In the end, however, Cary shows us that Tom Wilcher, for all his disappointment and anger, is indeed a pilgrim, searching for redemption almost in spite of himself.

    


Hardback Editions

June 1980 : USA Hardback
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Title: To be a Pilgrim
Author(s): Joyce Cary
ISBN: 0-88411-314-0 / 978-0-88411-314-0 (USA edition)
Publisher: Amereon Ltd
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June 1949 : Hardback
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Title: To Be a Pilgrim
Author(s): Joyce Cary
ISBN: 9997407474 / 978-9997407474
Publisher: Harpercollins Childrens Books
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December 1942 : UK Hardback
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Title: To be a Pilgrim
Author(s): Joyce Cary
ISBN: 0-7181-0372-6 / 978-0-7181-0372-9 (UK edition)
Publisher: Michael Joseph Ltd
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Paperback Editions

December 2016 : UK Paperback
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Title: To Be a Pilgrim
Author(s): Joyce Cary
ISBN: 1-910670-23-5 / 978-1-910670-23-1 (UK edition)
Publisher: Thistle Publishing
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June 2009 : UK Paperback
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Title: To Be A Pilgrim (First Trilogy)
Author(s): Joyce Cary
ISBN: 0-571-25208-7 / 978-0-571-25208-4 (UK edition)
Publisher: Faber and Faber
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October 1999 : USA Paperback
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Title: To Be a Pilgrim (New York Review Books)
Author(s): Joyce Cary
ISBN: 0-940322-18-8 / 978-0-940322-18-9 (USA edition)
Publisher: NYRB Classics
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Kindle Editions

December 2016 : USA, Canada, UK Kindle edition
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Title: To Be a Pilgrim
Author(s): Joyce Cary
Publisher: Thistle Publishing
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