A New Masterpiece from National Book Award and PEN-Faulkner Award Finalist Hugh Nissenson
The Pilgrim (Sourcebooks Landmark; November 8) is a gripping account of a love-torn Puritan's spiritual struggle for redemption, the finding of an unforgettable romantic love, and his never ending battle to overcome the burden of sin.
Charles Wentworth, a heart broken Puritan, comes...more
And I kept reading. It was written (nearly) in the style of 17th century prose, and the plot wasn't at all cinematic, but I kept reading. I liked it. It was a great insight into how miserable and under-prepared and scared the pilgrims were. I don't know. I just liked it. It was a good old fashion good book.
I came to this book because I'd done a bunch of family tree searching on ancestry.com and was much surprised to be connected by both my father and mother's side to some of the earliest Brits to immigrate to the US - not on the Mayflower but on the next few boats coming over. I'd always thought our family mostly came over to California during the gold rush and never found New E...more
Fun to read a modern fictional novel written as though in the language/POV from someone from the 1620s. Interesting to experience things like the struggles with religion that they us...more
I've read a lot of mediocre books. Have to stop doing that.
The first half of the book is set in England giving the reader a clear idea of Puritan life before coming to the New World. The second half shows how these beliefs, packed with care in each Puritan's suitcase, color their lives in the New World.