Books: Pilgrim

By Timothy Findley

For this psych-fi chiller, Timothy Findley's choice of psychiatrist is not the over-familiar Sigmund Freud but his rival Carl Jung, herald of the theory of collective unconscious. Jung's fictive patient, known as Pilgrim, is an X-Filer's dream and an HMO's nightmare: every time he dies, he comes back to life. Pilgrim is obviously a dramatization of Jung's doctrines. Too obviously. The action is bracketed by the 1912 sinking of the Titanic and the first day of World War I in 1914, and the apocalyptic deep-think brings to mind Peter DeVries' remark about a writer who figuratively puts his readers in a...

Want the full story?

Subscribe Now


Get TIME the way you want it

  • One Week Digital Pass — $4.99
  • Monthly Pay-As-You-Go DIGITAL ACCESS$2.99
  • One Year ALL ACCESSJust $30!   Best Deal!
    Print Magazine + Digital Edition + Subscriber-only Content on

Learn more about the benefits of being a TIME subscriber

If you are already a subscriber sign up — registration is free!