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The Gloaming

The Gloaming Pilgrim s husband left her for another woman stranding her in a Swiss town where she is involved in an accident that leaves three children dead Cleared of responsibility though overcome with guilt s

  • Title: The Gloaming
  • Author: Melanie Finn
  • ISBN: 9781937512477
  • Page: 105
  • Format: Paperback
  • Pilgrim s husband left her for another woman, stranding her in a Swiss town where she is involved in an accident that leaves three children dead Cleared of responsibility though overcome with guilt, she absconds to Africa, befriending a series of locals each with their own tragic past.Mysteriously, the remains of an albino appear, spooking everyone sign of a curse placedPilgrim s husband left her for another woman, stranding her in a Swiss town where she is involved in an accident that leaves three children dead Cleared of responsibility though overcome with guilt, she absconds to Africa, befriending a series of locals each with their own tragic past.Mysteriously, the remains of an albino appear, spooking everyone sign of a curse placed by a witch doctor though its intended recipient is uncertain Pilgrim volunteers to rid the town of the box and its contents, though wherever she goes, she can t shake the feeling that she s being followed.Melanie Finn was born and raised in Kenya until age eleven, when she moved with her family to Connecticut She is the author of the novel Away From You and wrote DisneyNature s beautiful, haunting flamingo epic The Crimson Wing, which was directed by her husband, filmmaker Matt Aeberhard During the filming, Melanie established The Natron Healthcare Project, and now lives in Vermont with Matt and their twin daughters Deeply satisfying Finn is a remarkably confident and supple storyteller The Gloaming deserves major attention John Williams, New York Times In this richly textured, intricately plotted novel, Finn assures us that heartbreak has the same shape everywhere The Gloaming is chillingly cinematic in contrasting East Africa s exquisite landscape with the region s human needs Yet even in a malevolent setting, Finn shows us acts of selflessness and redemption Her fascination with the duality of Africa the most honest place on earth shines fiercely Lisa Zeidner, New York Times Book Review, Editors Choice A propulsive literary thriller Finn, who writes with a psychological acuity that rivals Patricia Highsmith s, switches between Europe and Africa in tense alternating chapters, rewarding close attention The book is terrific subtle and thrilling Remarkably well paced and well written Don t expect to be able to set this book down or forget its haunted characters Kirkus Reviews, starred Intense, impressive The Guardian I rarely get as invested in the outcome of a novel as I did reading The Gloaming, but the empathies that Finn evokes in this powerful and unpredictable book are not casual these traumas could be our own Finn s prose is hypnotic and knife precise and at times so beautiful it s unnerving I didn t read this book so much as I experienced it and it will haunt me for a very, very long time Jill Alexander Essbaum, New York Times bestselling author of Hausfrau

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    1. Pilgrim Jones, finds herself abandoned in a Swiss town, her supposedly loving husband having left her for another woman, a woman already expecting their first child. Heartbroken and unmoored, she is involved in an accident that kills three young children. Although cleared of responsibility for the accident, Pilgrim cannot forgive herself and makes her way to Tanzania, trying to escape her past. There she will meet people also running from their pasts in various says. She will, also be followed b [...]

    2. "The Gloaming", is a sophisticated psychological impressive novelwith an intenseshocking ending. The main character is named Pilgrim ( interesting don't you think?). Pilgrim Jones. At the beginning of the story she seems as happy as can be living in Geneva in love with her husband Tom. There isn't a day they don't make love with one another. Yet There is another woman named Elise. Long story short, Elise is pregnant and Tom leaves Pilgrim for her. Just like that. He's even 'nice' about it wishin [...]

    3. I had no idea what to expect from this book since I didn't know much about neither the story nor the author. I found the beginning very puzzling because it takes place both in Europe and in Africa, but I quickly came to realize that this is one of those books created like a jigsaw. You get hints along the way, but you won't get the complete picture until the end. The protagonist, Pilgrim, has done something unforgivable in her past which has forced her to go to Africa. As we realize what she has [...]

    4. Delighted to see this on the Guardian-run Not the Booker Prize shortlist. It’s a powerful story of regret and the search for redemption. Though it has elements of a straightforward psychological thriller, the daring structure and moral complexities are more akin to Graham Greene. In alternating chapters, Pilgrim Jones contrasts flashbacks to her car accident and the subsequent investigation back in Switzerland with her present-tense African odyssey. This is Conrad’s Africa, a continent chara [...]

    5. I received a review copy of this title from Two Dollar Radio via Edelweiss.The country of Tanzania has one of the highest rates of albinism in the world, but it is also one of the most dangerous places for albinos to live. They are shunned by their communities because they are viewed as ghosts who dwell on earth and never die. They also live in constant fear of violence because body parts from albinos are sought out to be used in potions made by African witch doctors. When Pilgrim Jones, the fem [...]

    6. A dark, intense novel of mystery about a woman, Pilgrim, who is fleeing the disaster that was her marriage, and, overcome with guilt after a horrible accident, runs off to Africa to lick her wounds. But when a body turns up and is suspected of being a curse created by witchcraft, she and the town’s citizens are set on edge trying to figure out the curse’s intended recipient. Not helping with matters is Pilgrim’s sinking feeling that she’s being followed. Did I mention it was dark? It’s [...]

    7. 2 WHAT-THE-FUCK-IS-GOING-ON Stars WaitTHAT'S IT??? So vague and unsatisfying. Like what's up with the ending, what the hell did that mean? What's the point? And Why? How? What? Who? Weird but not THAT weird. Could have been better since it's been paving a creepy path since the first few chapters. UGHHHHH disappointing.

    8. This is a remarkable book that surprised and enthralled me from start to finish.A new author to me; a book read on summary and outline but which surpassed my expectations.It is one of the bonuses of NetGalley and publishers who promote their books for a honest apprasal and review. The other real advantage of this read and review process as it allows me to access genres and subects I might pass over in the rush to read the next crime thriller.I am also a sucker for a manipulated timeframe and a c [...]

    9. Original, dark, claustrophobic. But not my bookw. it didn't help that for the zillionth time Africa was described as a savage, primitive, scourching inferno full of murder, ghosts, witch doctors, orphans, aids and wildlings. Is this still the full story of that continent, yes? Strange for a writer who was born there

    10. There are a lot of good reviews on this book, so I will not rehash the plot, merely speak to what I loved about it.It's a great story, complex, and ultimately satisfying. Ms. Finn's writing is gorgeous. As an avid reader, I really enjoyed the structure of her sentences and her choice of words.Finally, within the book, were several instances of the reality we all live in. What I mean is, the author made me think about life and how to live it through her characters and story. I find that special." [...]

    11. Starts off beautifully. I was captivated by Pilgrim, by the language, the slowly unfolding, yet quiet horror of her story. Soon I was enraptured by descriptions of Africa, of strangers in strange lands, and the intrigue of new characters. So what happened? At a critical point in the story, we no longer "hear" from Pilgrim. Instead, an assortment of supporting characters take over and while a few pieces of the plot are filled in, it seems the reader is left drifting further and further away as th [...]

    12. I wasn't sure about this book after about 50 pages. I really liked the writing and the general story line, but I was afraid that it would be a bit too intense and lurid for my taste. Make no mistake, the author pulls no punches--there are scenes of animal torture, abuse, mercenary killings, and wicked thoughts. However, these become less frequent as the novel evolves, and it becomes quite gripping and very thought provoking.A beautiful 32-year-old American woman is abandoned by her husband for a [...]

    13. The title of Melanie Finn’s novel—THE GLOAMING—evokes a mood of impending darkness filled with beautiful light. “The late evening light, soft and translucent, has made the world benign.” The book delivers on this promise in a tale filled with tragedy, but offering paths to redemption. The protagonist’s name—Pilgrim—also is evocative because she is on a pilgrimage of sorts from betrayal, death and ostracism to self-realization. In a way, THE GLOAMING reminds one of Bunyan’s alle [...]

    14. Nothing is explained in this book. Everything is so vague and it does not make sense. I do not know what in the hell happened at the end. Please explain if you can figure it out. This one was not for me.

    15. “Flies. War. Pollution. Sewage. Divorce. Adultery. Alcoholics. Mercenaries. Puppy torture. Haemorrhage. Stillbirths. Dead mothers. Cancer. Assault. Rape. Murder. Switzerland. The miseries come fast, and thick”A quote from the start of Sam Jordison’s review for the Guardian. Finn’s book was shortlisted for the Not The Booker Prize this year, 2017. The first half of the novel is narrated by the protagonist, Pilgrim Jones, and jumps around three time periods, in Switzerland, then the others [...]

    16. Yes, please continue to use people with albinism as a plot device, to be murdered and not as actual people who just happen to have a genetic condition. Also, just refer to them by their genetic condition and not as a an actual person.

    17. I liked this book quite a lot, actually. The prose is very taut and there's an abstraction to the narrative that I find appealing. There is a lot here that is unusual and unorthodox, from the anti-chronological structure that swings back and forth like a butterfly knife to the emptiness of the lead character. It's a bit of a joyless book, but sometimes life is a joyless thing. Some of the scenes and moments are perfect sketches that stayed with me in my waking hours for several days. In particul [...]

    18. Give me a book set in Africa and I am one happy reader! Having spent time in both Kenya and South Africa I feel a deep affinity for those countries and the people who live there. Shame captures the lightness and charm of these people perfectly. The thought process they use and the way they speak is utterly delightful. Africans love their parables and Shame weaves that sense of moral right and wrong (and the many spades of gray in between) into a beautiful tapestry of story.Shame is a rare little [...]

    19. Sometimes you find just the right book at the right time for a little bibliotherapy. This book captured the aftermath numbness of being dumped in just the right way. Not only has Pilgrim Jones human rights attorney husband left her, but he has stranded her and set her adrift in a small town in Switzerland. After constantly travelling the world with her husband, she has no home and no friends. When she accidentally strikes and kills 3 of the town's children with her car and incurs the wrath of th [...]

    20. Reading this is like emerging from a fugue state, the dissolved reality reassembled into an otherness of order, a different permutation of the multiverse.

    21. It took me a little longer to read, but it was worth it. The smaller chapters through the eyes of different characters witnessing our character's trials and tribulations were my favorite part. They forgive where she grieves and mounts a case for a theological and philosophical guilt all transgressors must have in their hearts. The thrilling parts can look ordinary, but only a sloppy reader would assume this is a mere genre beach read. It's lyrical and questions the motivations of storytelling it [...]

    22. A slow-burn novel with mysterious layers, The Gloaming feels like the type of literary mystery (albeit the slightly unsatisfying, slightly unexplained kind) that could easily go mainstream if it was given the right opportunity. Finn succeeds at building an atmosphere that suggests menace without immediate threat, and there's something strangely claustrophobic about Pilgrim's situation even as she moves to larger and larger playing fields.

    23. I have read all the reviews posted here so far and the NYTimes book review. Many say it better, but this book is simply -- evocative. It is suspenseful and thought-provoking. I am so taken with Finn's vivid depiction of Africa, as place and as people, which was only one of the layers in this gem of a read. I was simultaneously frightened and drawn forward in this story until the finish.

    24. What the actual f? Fatal Swiss auto accident, infidelity, feral African children torturing puppies, albino body parts in a box, psycho mercenary rapist, & a privileged, clueless, guilt-driven protagonist wandering aimlessly through this pretentious allegorical shitstorm. I can't take any more, DNF.

    25. Well worth the $1.10 in late fees.I checked this book out of the library when it showed up as the next in my list of reserved NYT Best books of 2016. The copy that showed up was so new and clean that I ended up stashing it in my big pile of purchased books to read at some point, versus my even bigger pile of protectively bound library books to read. Flash forward to fines, discussions with the librarian, more fines, and finally, the triumphant unveiling of the book.Fines continued while I read t [...]

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