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Felicia's Journey (original 1994; edition 1999)

by William Trevor

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Title:Felicia's Journey
Authors:William Trevor
Info:Penguin (Non-Classics) (1999), Paperback, 224 pages
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Felicia's Journey by William Trevor (1994)

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This is probably Irish writer William Trevor's best-known novel, perhaps because it was made into a film starring the great Bob Hoskins. Mr. Hilditch, a rotund bachelor in his fifties who works for a catering company, is on the lookout for a lonely young woman to befriend when Felicia walks into his view. Felicia has left her home in Ireland to search for Johnny Lysaght, a local boy who got her pregnant while home for Christmas. Johnny, who would not give Felicia his address when he left, told her that he was taking a position in a lawnmower factory in this industrial English town, but no such plant seems to exist. Mr. Hilditch worms his way into her confidence with sympathy, advice, and his story of a wife dying in the hospital, and their relationship progresses through a series of offered rides to cups of tea in local cafes to an offer to stay temporarily in Hilditch's house. What will happen to Felicia? And what has happened to Jakki, Gaye, Edie Covington, and the other girls to whom Hilditch often refers in his personal musings?

This is a creepy story in the Hitchcokian vein--well written and suspenseful, but not my favorite Trevor novel. Still, his keen perceptions of human nature and his fine writing come through. ( )
  Cariola | Mar 2, 2016 |
A different read for our book club. Psychological thriller. We know the danger she is in, but she is unaware ... ( )
  BookConcierge | Feb 8, 2016 |
This is the story of Felicia, a young girl from Ireland who gets swept off her feet by a young local lad whilst he's back home from England for a short visit. Falling pregnant, she heads across to Birmingham to try to find him, but all does not go according to plan, and a sinister plot begins to unfold as she meets someone who is not all he seems.

I thought this book was great - as Trevor teases us with titbits about what might be coming down the line, it becomes a real page-turner, and was definitely one of those books were there was no way I was going to bed until I finished it.

The writing was an older type of prose in style, which I really enjoyed but felt it made the modern setting seem slightly less believable. There was one part where he mentions Felicia bought something for fourpence, which seems totally erroneous as that coin was phased out in 1971, yet in another part of the book he mentions dates which lead you to believe the book is set sometime in the early 1990s. If no dates had been mentioned, I could easily have thought this book was set in the 1950s.

That aside, it was a great read, and I will definitely read some more from [[William Trevor]] in the future. The ending was perhaps a little bit of a let down, so dropping a star for that, but still a book I would recommend nonetheless.

4 stars. ( )
1 vote AlisonY | Apr 9, 2015 |
Slow moving mystery. ( )
  Bookish59 | Sep 29, 2012 |
I will always read anything by William Trevor. He writes such beautiful prose in the form of a quiet novel. ( )
  wbwilburn5 | Jun 9, 2012 |
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Felicia's Journey is a simple tale told with a subtle complexity. Felicia is an Irish country girl who has come to England to look for her jilted lover. Hilditch is a mild-mannered, gentle psychopath who lures the helpless Felicia into his trap. Interestingly, we see the story from each character's eyes when they are separate, but from Hilditch's view when they are together. It is an unusual and effective device that distorts the perspective and adds texture to a classic story. Trevor won a Whitbread Prize in 1994 for Felicia's Journey.

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"Felicia is unmarried, pregnant, and penniless. She steals away from a small Irish town and drifts through the industrial English Midlands, searching for the boyfriend who left her. Instead she meets up with the fat, fiftyish, unfailingly reasonable Mr. Hilditch, who is looking for a new friend to join the five other girls in his Memory Lane. But the strange, sad, terrifying tricks of chance unravel both his and Felicia's delusions in a story that will magnetize fans of Alfred Hitchcock and Ruth Rendell even as it resonates with William Trevor's own 'impeccable strength and piercing profundity' (The Washington Post Book World)"--P. [4] of cover.… (more)

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