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Felicia's Journey (1994) [Novel]
by William Trevor Rating: Weighted - 7.9 / Average - 8.0 of 10 (2 votes) (Rate!)
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Summary :

Felicia is unmarried, pregnant, and penniless. She steals away from a small Irish town and drifts through the industrial English Midlands, searching for the boyfriend who left her. Instead she meets up with the fat, fiftyish, unfailingly reasonable Mr. Hilditch, who is looking for a new friend to join the five other girls in his Memory Lane. But the strange, sad, terrifying tricks of chance unravel both his and Felicia's delusions.

Original title: Felicia's Journey
Original languages: English


Genre: FictionGeneral FictionTroubled Lives


  • The Penguin Paperback edition is set in Monophoto Baskerville
  • For Jane
  • There is also a movie based on the novel; it's good, excellent even. But I liked the novel better.


Edition #1: Felicia's Journey

Felicia's Journey (1994)
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Language: English

  • "Perfectly executed and chilling... a sad and oddly moving tale of lost opportunities and misplaced hopes." Michiko Kakutani, The New York Times
  • "A battle for the soul, waged between the forces of good and evil... Mr. Trevor shows just how wise and wry and funny and morally astute an observer of the human comedy he is." Patrick McGrath, The New York Times Book Review
  • "A thriller lifted to the level of high art." Publishers Weekly
  • "In thirteen novels and eight short-story collections [William Trevor] has shown himself a close observer, a fine stylist, a master psychologist. In Felicia's Journey... he brings all these qualities into play, and adds to them a teasing manipulation of the reader's sensibilities, so that the book has the elegant tensions of a high-class thriller." The New York Review of Books
  • "The dark treachery of the story is parceled out with the same exquisite tension as the most macabre of Poe... rendered without a missed step or misspent word... [William Trevor] manages one of the most close-focus depictions of a gentle monster in modern English fiction." The Boston Sunday Globe
  • "Like all of Mr. Trevor's fiction, it is beautifully written, set in a hauntingly reallistic landscape, and peopled by odd, deftly drawn characters. Felicia's Journey is a full-blown novel before it is a thriller, and its eerie Mr. Hilditch is one of the most original creations in modern fiction... a moving and immensely readable story." The Wall Street Journal
  • "William Trevor, who is good a t a geat deal, is particularly good with the meek... In Felicia, he has a character that no one can write better." Los Angeles Times
  • "[William Trevor] makes every one of his words matter; Felicia's Journey is packed with extraordinary passages." Time
  • "A laconicallyu chilling portrait... [that] has the narrative effect of a python ever so slowly winding around the body of a hapless victim... Felicia's Journey will stand as further testimony to Trevor's incredible skill as a writer." Chicago Tribune
  • "[William] Trevor's combinataion of the pathological and lyrical transcends mere genre fiction: He's a master still exploring the possibilites of his craft." Kirkus Reviews
  • "A fascinating, devastating read... All the qualities that make his other novels so memorableŚraw lyrical writing, the finely drawn details, the melancholy toneŚare used to chilling effect... [Felicia's Journey] haunts the readers long after the final page has been turned." The Orlando Sentinal
  • "Veteran novelist William Trevor shows his skill and daring in and understated tale that will knock your socks off." St. Petersburg Times
  • "[Felicia's Journey] has the built-in edieness and command of the storyteller's art that creates a seamless, compelling fictional world... ranks with such fog-shrouded classics as Poe's 'The Tell-Tale Heart.'" The Kansas City Star
  • "A triumph." Detroit Free Press
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