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Product Details

  • Paperback: 368 pages
  • Publisher: Picador; First Edition edition (December 9, 2004)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0312423802
  • ISBN-13: 978-0312423803
  • Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 0.9 x 8.6 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 11.2 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (17 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #277,686 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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From Publishers Weekly

English author Vickers (Miss Garnet's Angel) has a light hand with themes that touch on issues of faith and sin, and her tale of Mr. Golightly, taking a break from his labors in a Devonshire village to see if he can create a worthy successor to his hugely popular and influential first book, begins with wonderful promise. Mr. Golightly's real identity, as well as that of his magnum opus and his chief business rival, is hinted at with delightful delicacy; and the fact that he chooses not to create any supernormal happenings, but to deal bemusedly with the people of his creation just as they are, makes him particularly endearing. Vickers is on sure ground with her creation of the more raffish of Golightly's new neighbors, but the introduction of a ravaged widow, Ellen Thomas, moves the book into murkier psychological waters. After a while the book's good humor begins to evaporate, and there is a highly melodramatic climax, followed by a weird chapter of discussion between Golightly and his rival that is reminiscent of the conclusion of The Brothers Karamazov and seems quite jarringly out of place. Vickers has a delightful if occasionally overwhimsical wit and writes charmingly of nature, human and otherwise, but the book fails to live up to its highly original central conceit.
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From Booklist

The unassuming Mr. Golightly, author of an international best-seller, journeys to the small village of Great Calne, in Devon, England, leaving his extensive business interests in the hands of his trusted assistants, Michael and Gabriel, and his secretary, the superefficient and conscientious Martha. While on holiday, he plans to write a sequel to his best-seller but instead finds himself caught up in the lives of his neighbors, including Luke, struggling to write a Native American creation epic not in the rhythm of Longfellow's Hiawatha; young Johnny Spence, who reminds Golightly of his long-dead son; an escapee from prison; and many others. Vickers reveals Golightly's true identity only gradually, and one topic for book-club discussion will surely be, When did you realize who he really was? As in her first two novels (Miss Garnet's Angel, 2001, and Instances of the Number 3, 2002), Vickers writes here about faith, love, and mystery as they manifest themselves in everyday life. By turns witty and profound, comic and tragic, this is a good choice for libraries where Jan Karon's Mitford series is popular. Nancy Pearl
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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Lesley West on October 13, 2004
Format: Hardcover
Salley Vickers' story of Mr Golightly's holiday is a gentle and clever book which allows us all to consider the nature of faith and how God may view the complicated every day lives that we all lead. The characters are interesting (if a little pallid) in their routine kinds of lives; the village is believable, and if you don't know the key to the story you can have a bit of fun trying to work out who Mr Golightly is, what is his business, and why has he lost his only son (not really too difficult to work out).

However, it is that very gentle cleverness that means that this book is somewhat slow at times, and in places I felt this rather hard going. I also felt the ending somewhat contrived, almost as if Ms Vickers wasn't sure how to finish the book.

It is certainly an entertaining read, and a good story, but I feel that it fell somewhat short of its potential. I feel that Ms Vickers' undoubted writing talents are better portrayed in "Miss Garnet's Angel", which is a far superior book.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Octopus on November 18, 2004
Format: Hardcover
I agree with the reviewer who has been recommending this to everyone. It's brilliant. Clever, funny, wise, deeply profound and highly original. Ms Vickers writes in a quiet, understated Brit way. Don't be fooled. There's a savage understanding beneath that decorous facade. And the ending is a tour de force. Bravo, Ms Vickers and may you continue to 'go lightly'!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on April 12, 2004
Format: Hardcover
I have been talking this book up to everyone I know because it is the best book I have read so far this year. It is absolutely delightful and I can't understand why it hasn't gotten more "press". It is a clever, sweet, kind book with depth and humor and I enjoyed reading it (twice) immensely. Regardless of your faith or religious background, I think everyone would enjoy this novel and get something out of it. I will definitely be looking for other books by Salley Vickers.
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Calum on July 9, 2005
Format: Paperback
This is one of those books when you just wish it didn't have to end.

Though it is not a book of action, excitement and cliffhangers, the simple lives of English villagers and that of the mystery guest to their town, manages to be a compelling and thoroughly enjoyable read. The characters are written well and you can't help but warm to them as you find yourself absorbed in their lives. The story moves towards a twist at the end which, if you didn't pick up on it, makes you review the book in a different light as it provokes an interesting way of thinking.

A cleverly written book which you will have you savouring every word as you find yourself engrossed in story, though you may regret having to finish it.
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By Margie Beck on December 18, 2013
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An unusual book, with an ending that made me turn round and start all over again. Great characters and descriptions of English countryside that encourages a visit next holidays!
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By Mary Courtney on October 30, 2013
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What a disappointment.
Having enjoyed other Salley Vickers, this just didn't get off the ground, found the whole story rather too contrived.
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By J. J. Westwood on August 15, 2013
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A most intriguing book, written in Salley Vickers' usual beautiful way, carrying you along on an interesting story with endearing characters, but with an unusual twist that leaves you thinking "What?" Then "Why not?" And anyway enjoying the ride immensely.
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I thought this book not up to the usual standard of Sally Vickers' other tales. It is, as usual, very well written with the usual religious overtones.

Mr. Golightly rents a cottage in a Devonshire village for a holiday. The various characters we meet in the village all have difficulties of some sort. Some hidden and some obvious. The book describes the different points of view and we gradually learn the effect the villagers have on each other.

Just by his presence and his demeanor, people seem to behave and feel better in Mr. Golightly's presence. However, after learning all about the village, I found the ending a bit disappointing. The reader has so many hopes for the villagers that I personally felt a bit let down with the anti-climactic ending.

As for Mr. Golightly, he leaves us all up in the air with merely suggestions of who he really is. I had the feeling that the author wrote this light novel for herself. I do recommend it but with reservations.
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