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Felicia's Journey

3.68  ·  Rating details ·  2,840 Ratings  ·  326 Reviews
Ovo je prvi prijevod na hrvatski jezik nekog djela ovoga autora brojnih romana i zbirki kratkih priča, dobitnika uglednih književnih nagrada, te člana Irske akademije. U centru zbivanja ovog psihološkog trilera je mlada Irkinja Felicija, koja potajice odlazi iz obiteljskoga doma u nevelikome gradu u Irskoj, kako bi li pronašla Johnnya Lysaghta, a da ne zna točno mjesto na ...more
Paperback, 213 pages
Published 1999 by Penguin (first published 1994)
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Aug 18, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Deliberate, precise, and suffused with dread, this novel explores the lies we all tell ourselves and each other, and how much we're willing to do in the name of our shabby little fantasies.
William Trevor is considered by many to be one of the most important figures in contemporary Irish literature, and I came across opinions which named Felicia's Journey as one of his best novels. Since Trevor is an author who has authored many, this was the one I decided to read to begin my acquaintance with his work. It turned out to be a strange mix - I picked it up expecting a literary musing on the human condition, and got it; but I also read a book which is at its heart a thriller. A slow-pa ...more
K.D. Absolutely
Nov 08, 2009 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to K.D. by: 501 Must Read Books; 1001 Books You Must Read Before You Die (2006-2010 versions)
Shelves: 1001-core, 501, drama
One of the few modern fictions that I liked despite having not a single character I could relate to. Two reasons: (1) the writing is unique. Trevor uses parallel narrations covering the lives of the two main characters and also a lot of flashbacks for both without confusing the reader. It is like presenting two lives, each covering both their current and past, in one concise and clear go and (2) both characters are multi-dimensional, although caricaturish at times, and standing directly at the o ...more
Jayaprakash Satyamurthy
Jul 08, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Wow, this was a slow burner. Trevor has an implacably deliberate sense of pacing and an instinct for telling detail that can make a barely 120-page novel seem bigger on the inside. We are slowly given a vivid picture of a naive young Irish girl who has run away to Britain to find the boyfriend who has made her pregnant and of Mr. Hildick, a middle-aged catering manager at a factory. Hildick befriends the girl, offers her help, but he is not what he seems - he has befriended young girls in troubl ...more
Jul 14, 2010 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2010
Dear William Trevor,

You are a lovely, lovely writer, but I don't think things are going to work out between us. This book is only just over 200 pages, but it took me a full week to read it. And I was on vacation! Initially I didn't really want to read it because I didn't want to see what horrible thing was going to happen to Felicia. Then I did want to see and you refused to tell me. Honestly, I got a bit bored. In addition, I find myself unable to relate to your characters. The reasons for the
Helen (Helena/Nell)
I read this novel on holiday, immediately after Patricia Highsmith’s Ripley’s Game. I had thought of the Highsmith as my murder/mystery romp and the Trevor as my ‘literary’ read. However, they have more in common than I thought. Trevor is also a bit of a murder mystery romp, the first time I’ve ever thought of him in that way. Both novels exercise psychological compulsion; both build intensity and then suddenly switch scene or character. They draw a lot of energy from what they don’t tell you—at ...more
Dera Weaver
Jun 12, 2009 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I think now I will start on a William Trevor marathon--I loved The Story of Lucy Gault, and now Felicia's Journey has drawn me toward Trevor again. I've never been very good about sniffing out all the underlying political and religious tangles in Irish writing, but I do so completely "get" Trevor's take on one of my own persistent questions, one that is possibly my strongest reason for reading at all: how much is enough to make a life?
There is in this book a gradual tightening of the story that
Description: For three decades William Trevor has been "one of the best writers at work in our language" (Boston Globe). Now, in a stunning progression, Trevor weds his literary art to hypnotic psychological suspense in a page-turner that will magnetize fans of Hitchcock and of Ruth Rendell at her most laconically chilling.
'Happy Birthday Darling
Love Seán x'
That is the insciption on the inside cover. But the pages have never been opened. The dust cover shows that this book has been moved from
Thought by many to be William Trevor’s greatest work in a lifetime of great works, Felicia’s Journey centers around eighteen-year-old Felicia (of course), an Irish girl adrift in the English Midlands searching for Johnny Lysaght, the young man who abandoned her in a rural Irish village, leaving her not only heartbroken but pregnant. Although Felicia’s very patriotic father believes Johnny’s run off to join the British Army (and Irish boys, he tells Felicia, should remain in Ireland), Felicia cho ...more
Oct 17, 2010 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Now that I am done, I can't help but think that in this book, Trevor is so like Hitchcock in creating an aura of suspended suspense. There were many nuances and concepts that led one to the characters of Felicia and Mr. Hilditch. Their characterizations made them ever so real, yet ever so dreamlike. One felt sorry for the both of them, one so abused, the other so unprepared for life, so utterly stupid.

Neither one of then held any allure but the reader finds them alluring. Mr. Trevor created of c
Jim Fonseca
May 04, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Not your usual Trevor. A bit of a mystery and almost noir.

A young woman in Ireland takes the ferry to England searching for the father of her unborn baby. He may (or may not) be “working in a lawnmower factory” in the Midlands as he said. Or, as is rumored, he may be in the British army, a travesty according to the woman’s family. The great-grandmother who lives with them lost a son and a husband to “The Troubles” and spends her time caretaking a memorial scrapbook, so this family is very anti-E
Claire Fuller
3.5 stars. I much prefer Trevor's novels that are completely set in Ireland. They have a lovely tone which I thought this one was lacking. It is about an Irish girl, but most of it is set in England when she comes over to search for the father of her unborn child. She finds all sorts of (creepy) people along the way. The quotes on the back talked about a 'plot twist', which I didn't find very startling, and I had trouble really believing in Felicia as a character until the very end.
Hannah Rae
Feb 28, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is a book that I bought years ago, tried to read, couldn't get into, and then picked up again just the other day. Did it suck me in this time? Kind of... I mean, I found myself thinking about Felicia while eating breakfast in the morning and then driving to work. Later, as I got to know Mr. Hilditch better, I became really concerned for Felicia. I couldn't put the book down--I had to know what was going to happen--but I didn't actually enjoy the book (if that makes sense).

Mr. Hilditch made
Gord Higginson
Apr 01, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Fascinating book, but not as good as Trevor's short stories. I found the Canadian-made movie (1999)in some ways superior to the book, as Atom Egoyam (the director) added a fascinating subplot about the "murderer's"(but is he actually a murderer? this idea is left open in the book) childhood to explain facets of his behavior in the movie. On the other hand, the book has a better, more realistic and darker ending, as well as a generally-better (more in-depth, detailed delineation of character) tre ...more
Feb 07, 2008 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: irish-studies
Incredibly well written. Haunting, but to date the only book that I have read where I physically threw the book, repulsed by the character.
Aug 07, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 1001-read
Perhaps the best book I've read this year. Well deserved of its 1001 books list inclusion; has shades of Lolita (one of my all time favourite books) and Fowles, The Collector ( yes, I loved that one too!)

Mr. Hilditch can be included on literatures list of most creepy preditory characters. Seemingly, he believes apwithin his world, he's pretty ordinary as catering manager at a Midlands factory. Felicia arrives into his locality, having run away from Ireland, pregnant, wandering the streets lookin
Apr 11, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: read-2017
An intriguing read about two very different people whose paths collide. Initially I was unsure about the time period the tale was set in, expecting it to be 1950ish what with the "small town" attitude to unmarried mothers & the descriptions of Mr Hilditch's appearance, which made me visualise someone out of an Ealing film. References to 1986 brought it up to a more recent date - indeed it was written in 1994 - so maybe the fact that the views seemed very dated is a sign on how much our socie ...more
Sep 11, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2017
Will Tate
Sep 02, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I had read William Trevor's "Love and Summer" and some of his short stories (I'd particularly recommend "Solitude" in the collection "A Bit on the Side") and had always been impressed by his tight plotting and his effortless use of language. He is a master of his form and can be compared to Hardy in the way that he heaps misfortunes upon his stoic characters. So I began reading this story expecting more of the same. Young Felicia secretly leaves her home in rural Ireland, where she is little mor ...more
Aug 01, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I had heard that William Trevor was one of the greatest writers still working today. I can't say I disagree, though this book took me a long time to read. I also can't seem to find the right adjective for his style. It's not "meditative" or "subtle" or "understated." It's exactingly stated and very dreamlike. (To that point, one five-page chapter depicts the fuzzy transition out of a dream into an equally surreal waking event. It is truly majestic writing.) So, I'm impatient and maybe a little l ...more
Aug 28, 2007 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I am absorbed at last in Chapter 18 where it's clear what has wrung poor Hilditch out to dry his whole life. The most moving and close portrait of him resides in Chapter 18, especially pages 147-48 in the edition (pictured) I am reading. Felicia is not painted or portrayed near as close as Hilditch and it makes me wonder how her journey isn't his. What am I missing in this construction, to title a book as though to attribute the journey to the lead named character, yet to follow into the blood t ...more
Jan 02, 2011 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
They say no one can tell a story like an Irishman (or woman) and William Trevor is sure testament to that. I was only familiar with his (very powerful) short stories, and plucked this from a used book shelf thinking it was stories I could read on the bus. It is a novel, whose protagonist is a young Irish girl who leaves home to try to find the boyfriend who has left without giving her his address. She knows he meant to. All she knows is that he works in the store room of a lawn mower factory in ...more
Felicia is a young, pregnant Irishwoman just arrived in England to locate the father of her child. Her family back at home, proud of their history in the Irish battles for independence, are enraged about her condition and suspicious that her boyfriend is in the British Army. Her boyfriend's mother hates her and refuses to give his address in England. She has only the information he told her when they were together, that he sells lawnmowers at a factory that produces them, and the name of an Engl ...more
Oct 02, 2009 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
The first Trevor book I read and I thought it was excellent. Well drawn charcters, especially Felicia and Hilditch. One of the most suspenseful books I've read but in an incredibly quiet and subtle way. The last 30 pages or so of the book left me so tense I didn't even realize it until I finished it and finally felt myself relax. Read the whole book on a non-stop flight from San Francisco. Another thing I love about Trevor's books is that he doesn't need many pages to tell a really great story.
Jan 03, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
The poor lass.
Alice Yoder
Sep 14, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Mr. Hilditch - sad and lonely, and then creepy. You have to wonder what his childhood was like, although you do get an inkling.

Felicia - young and naïve, without a mother's guidance, with only "duty" to look forward to until Johnny "loves" her. Lots of Catholic guilt thrown in.

The women of The Gathering -- makes you want to never open your door to "holy rollers" because you'll never get rid of them. They would gather more people to their flock if they would listen more and talk less.
Pat James
I found this book loathsome. I'm sure it is well written but the subject matter was so distasteful and the characters unlikable that I struggled to read it and put it in the bin when it was finished. I have very rarely disliked a book as much as this one.
Allie Cresswell
Jul 03, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I read this book because somebody had compared my own work to William Trevor's. I must say that I feel very flattered!
Although a melancholy story with some troubled and tragic characters, this story unfolds with all the natural beauty of an unfurling rose. Layers gradually peel apart to reveal the secret heart; the heart might be blighted and bitter but it's revelation is exquisite. The reason for Felicia's journey, the fate of Mr Hilditch's other women friends, the nature of his relationship wi
Oct 23, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
William Trevor is called the Chekov of Ireland but in this book he should be known as the Hitchcock of Ireland. Felicia is a teenager in Ireland. Her mother died when she was young. She lives with her father, brothers, and almost 100 y.o. great grandmother. She has lost her job in a canning factory so her days consist of caring for her great grandmother and keeping house for her father and brothers. She's the kind of vulnerable young woman that a certain type of man likes to take advantage of. S ...more
Jan 18, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2011
Liked it. Effortless and enjoyable, impressive writing. My biggest complaint is the pacing. For a 200-page novel, this felt slow. It felt like a novella stretched into a novel. Lots of flashbacks/backstory, lots of reticence. Reticence to the point of coyness, at times, which is annoying but maybe acceptable for this sort of novel? I was definitely at the edge of my seat. When I was at the edge of my seat, anyway. Lots of times I was slogging through backstory going Yeah, okay, but what happens ...more
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William Trevor, KBE grew up in various provincial towns and attended a number of schools, graduating from Trinity College, in Dublin, with a degree in history. He first exercised his artistry as a sculptor, working as a teacher in Northern Ireland and then emigrated to England in search of work when the school went bankrupt. He could have returned to Ireland once he became a successful writer, he ...more
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