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Winter Journey

3.3 of 5 stars 3.30  ·  rating details  ·  33 ratings  ·  9 reviews
Winter Journey
Paperback, 208 pages
Published October 31st 2002 by Counterpoint
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Beautifully crafted; the beginning and ending echo each other and point towards the spare but powerful way the novel meditates on belonging to one's home. Lyric passages. Alfred watching flocks of birds and the light on the cathedral as he wrestles for healing and forgiveness. The icy drive home in the dark with the hare running in the headlights is fully of mystery.
written with a decidedly english tone, this ia a tapesty of the everyday interactions of a brother and sister. relished the dialogue, enjoyed the neighborhood and wanted to drink tea and eat biscuits with the characters.
Charles M.
This book details a rather boring memoir of Alfred Ashby who returns to his original residence in rural England and his interaction with various people including his sister, a former Parlimentarian. A study on latter life and its complexities, but this book really gores no where.
Last night I complained to my husband, "This book is so boring!" He said, "Then stop reading it. Life is short." Smart man. It is unusual for me to not finish a book I've started, even if I'm not terribly fond of it, but I can't take any more of "Winter Journey"! I hung in there for 116 pages, waiting for the story to pick up, but it never did. This novel is wordy and dense and dull and thinks too highly of itself. I can handle all of that except dull. A few pages of dull, OK. But pages and page ...more
I liked this book a lot. It is a very quiet book, and I would describe the movement as glacier-like. I happened to enjoy that.
liked it a lot as I started out reading it...then about 3/4 way through I got tired of its slowness...will skim it to the end...
Not one of her best, although the character development of Edith was remarkable.
"...consuming large meals of wildly varying edibility."

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Isabel Colegate was born in 1931 in London and was educated at Runton Hill School in Norfolk. In 1952 she went into partnership with Anthony Blond, who was then starting a literary agency and would go on to found a publishing house, and in 1953 she married Michael Briggs, with whom she has a daughter and two sons.

Colegate’s first novel, The Blackmailer, was published by Blond in 1958 and was follo
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