The Long Way Home

The Long Way Home

Book - 2014
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"Happily retired in the village of Three Pines, Armand Gamache, former Chief Inspector of Homicide with the Sûreté du Québec, has found a peace he’d only imagined possible. While Gamache doesn’t talk about his wounds and his balm, Clara tells him about hers. Peter, her artist husband, has failed to come home. Failed to show up as promised on the first anniversary of their separation. She wants Gamache’s help to find him. Together with his former second-in-command, Jean-Guy Beauvoir, and Myrna Landers, they journey deeper and deeper into Québec, and deeper and deeper into the soul of Peter Morrow. A man so desperate to recapture his fame as an artist, he would sell that soul. The journey takes them further and further from Three Pines, to the very mouth of the great St. Lawrence river. To an area so desolate, so damned, the first mariners called it the land God gave to Cain. And there they discover the terrible damage done by a sin-sick soul"--www.amazon.ca.
Publisher: New York :, Minotaur Books,, 2014
ISBN: 9781250022066
1250022061
Characteristics: viii, 373 pages

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kkirby221
Jun 02, 2019

OK. Not my favorite book in the series but it will not deter me from reading the next book in the series.

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bresummers
Jan 15, 2019

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beatazio
Oct 22, 2018

The book was not believable in terms of the plot. Where the author got such a strained idea from? The characters were fake; the idea of an idealistic village called Tree Pines nice but not likely to exist in a real life. Too much psychological exploration. Got bored after 1/3 of the book. Not recommended although I came across far worse in my life of a book lover for the last 50 years.

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morebooksplease
Jul 04, 2018

I have really enjoyed the series thus far and this was no exception. It doesn’t take place in 3 Pines (because really, how many murders can a village have?) but puts the focus on love and loss and ‘moving on’ through the lens of artists Peter and Clara. A little wordy and less action than some of the others in the series but I found it moving and thought provoking.

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MrsKayStephen
Apr 24, 2018

The Long Way Home by Louise Penny is part of her Inspector Gamache series yet reads beautifully as a stand alone novel. This book is a lovely work of Canadian literature (CanLit). Everything about it embraces Canada – the settings, the personalities, the modes of transportation, the geography, the cityscapes and countryside, the food, the artists, the culture and last but not least, the police system.
This reviewer recommends that the reader takes the time to read and reflect on the author's acknowledgements prior to indulging in the novel, it will make your reading experience so much richer!

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JLMason
Nov 30, 2017

The story's theme is healing as symbolized by the book that Gamache is reading, "The Balm of Gilead" and as embodied in characters of Gamache, Clara, and Peter, who are seeking peace, closure, and self-knowledge respectively. After the violent, tense narrative and cathartic ending of the previous book this is a quieter journey, but it ends with unexpected twists and a tragic, but somehow fitting, outcome.

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Mahjo
Nov 25, 2017

A character observes that artists may overwork a piece (a painting in this novel) to the point where the canvas can no longer hold the paint and it slides off. I think "The Long Way Home" suffers from that problem, too much verbiage and a strained plot. Who paid all that airfare? My least favorite in the series, so far.

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molly_mcnees
Nov 10, 2017

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ontherideau Oct 04, 2017

The geographical interest kept me going. Analysis of each character's thoughts and predictions was tedious, I skipped some parts to get to the conclusion.

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WhidbeyIslander
Sep 29, 2017

I thought this was the least successful of the Gamache books. Way too much philosophizing and too little action, until the very end, which I found abrupt and unsatisfying (although getting there and the setting were interesting -- maps, please.) The main point of interest is the dialogue (with Jean-Guy getting some of the best quips.) And please stop harping on the flaky croissants and baguettes, neither of which I can obtain by walking a few meters to my local bakery.

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