Joyce Cary To Be a Pilgrim

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To Be a Pilgrim

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Joyce Cary wrote two trilogies, or triptychs as he later preferred to call them. The first comprises: "Herself Surprised", "To be a Pilgrim" and "The Horse's Mouth". In the months before his death, Tom Wilcher, who is looked after by his niece and nephew (both concerned for their inheritance), lives his life over again in the house in which his childhood was spent. The religious family life of his youth is contrasted with the rootlessness of his heirs. The character of the old man is seen through his attitude to his family and the way in which he tries to make them feel the value of a family tradition. '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' - "The Listener". '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".

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Joyce Cary (1888-1957) was born in Ireland and studied to be a painter before serving in the British military and civil service in West Africa. In 1920 he returned to England and devoted himself to writing.

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Cary has a gift of humanity.... His humor shows no traces of carrion under the fingernails. His prose...suffuses his perceptions with all the vitality of a language well used and hard thought over. --Sidney Monas,Hudson Review

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