Arkie's Pilgrimage to the Next Big Thing

Arkie s Pilgrimage to the Next Big Thing A delightfully funny and inspiring novel about a very modern pilgrimage and one woman s chance to rediscover what she s lost I watch the highway go by and ponder my situation I am on the run from my

  • Title: Arkie's Pilgrimage to the Next Big Thing
  • Author: Lisa Walker
  • ISBN: 9780857984401
  • Page: 390
  • Format: Paperback
  • A delightfully funny and inspiring novel about a very modern pilgrimage, and one woman s chance to rediscover what she s lost I watch the highway go by and ponder my situation I am on the run from my husband s divorce lawyer, my mojo is still missing in action and my demon ex lover is lurking But, all things considered, my pilgrimage is going well Arkie usedA delightfully funny and inspiring novel about a very modern pilgrimage, and one woman s chance to rediscover what she s lost I watch the highway go by and ponder my situation I am on the run from my husband s divorce lawyer, my mojo is still missing in action and my demon ex lover is lurking But, all things considered, my pilgrimage is going well Arkie used to be a trendspotter, running a successful business advising companies on the next big thing Until she lost her marriage and her mojo along with it.Her eccentric new friend Haruko suggests a pilgrimage in Japan But funds are tight, so instead Arkie s going on a very Australian trip, to all the Big Things.With Haruko as her guide, magic is everywhere A Buddha appears next to the Big Redback, the Big Macadamia rises from the jungle like a lost temple and inside the Big Shell she can hear a tinkling voice, reminding her of the child she never had.As her improbable adventure unfolds, realisation dawns could it be that, despite her celebrated foresight, Arkie s been missing what was right before her eyes

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    1. Lisa Walker

      Lisa is the author of Liar Bird , Sex, Lies and Bonsai and Arkie s Pilgrimage to the Next Big Thing Her debut Young Adult novel Paris Syndrome will be published in April 2018 Melt a climate change comedy will be published in May 2018 Sex, Lies and Bonsai will be available in paperback in the US in June 2018 Lisa s half hour radio play Baddest Backpackers aired on ABC Radio National in 2008 She was a finalist in the ABC Regional Short Story Award and winner of the Byron Bay Writers Festival short story award Her writing has been published in The Age, The Sydney Morning Herald online, Griffith Review and the Review of Australian Fiction.Lisa was born in Holland, grew up in Fiji and spent her teenage years in Brisbane She has worked as a bartender, wilderness guide, igloo builder and tertiary lecturer She is now a full time student and writer Unable to decide whether she likes writing or science , she has Masters degrees in both natural resource management and creative writing In her spare time she reads widely and does a lot of energetic outdoor things with her husband and sons She lives on the far north coast of New South Wales, Australia lisawalker

    133 thoughts on “Arkie's Pilgrimage to the Next Big Thing”

    1. A quirky tale with a hint of magical realism, Lisa Walker's third novel, 'Arkie's Pilgrimage to the Next Big Thing' is the story of one woman's search for all the things she has lostcluding herself.“I am forty-one years old but perhaps it is possible Can my life begin again?”A year ago, Arkie Douglas's life fell apart. Her husband left her when Arkie confessed to an affair, and shortly after her business failed, her trend forecasting mojo having deserted her. It's New Year's Eve and Arkie is [...]


    2. DNF'd at 13%Admittedly, I normally push on until at least 25% before I call a book quits, and it seems particularly unAustralian to post a negative review on Australia Day weekend, but here we are.The main reason I put this book down is that I found the characters to be immediately two-dimensional and stereotyped. Haruko had promise, but I found it mildly off-putting that the author felt the need to make her Japanese, thus immediately rendering her as a quirky, sweet, fashion-forward, broken-Eng [...]


    3. *3.5 starsA spiritual pilgrimage of self discovery, combined with a tour of the east coast of Australia’s big tourist icons, is the story behind Arkie’s Pilgrimage to the Next Big Thing. This is the third novel published by Australian author Lisa Walker but the first I have read by this author. At the centre of Arkie’s Pilgrimage to the Next Best Thing is flawed protagonist Arkie. She is a forty something woman who simultaneously experiences crisis in her marriage and career. Arkie feels t [...]


    4. I won this book and I'm glad I did because it wouldn't have chosen it myself, perhaps thinking it a bit too light and fluffy, however the tale of Arkie who's lost her trendspotting mojo and her Japanese travelling companion Haruko slowly crept up on me until I was hooked. The 'fluff' turned out to be whimsy and the lightness of touch camouflaged moments of real depth and insight.The characterisation is deftly realised. Unlike Haruko, first person narrator, Arkie, is not immediately likeable howe [...]


    5. Lisa Walker invents her own style of surrealism (“I think surrealism is a ‘make your own fun’ kind of art form’ – Lisa Walker) in her latest novel. She brings together a pseudo Japanese ‘wanna’ be pilgrimage and evolves it into an adventure of discovery to some of Australia’s ‘big things’ (Big Pineapple, Big Cow, Big Macadamia, Big Shell, Big Redback Spider, to name but a few). Add in a twist of referencing to ‘The Wizard of Oz’ for good measure and the result is surreali [...]


    6. It’s been a year since Arkie Douglas’s husband left her and her business crumbled. She fled Sydney for Byron Bay and now she’s waiting for the train to go through with the intention of throwing herself under it. For a while she’s alone but then a young Japanese girl named Haruko turns up. After some time there together, they discover that the trains stopped going through Byron Bay well over ten years ago. By then Arkie no longer wants to throw herself beneath one and she hires Haruko alm [...]



    7. This was OK. I kind of read it because I have to for my book club, otherwise I would probably never have picked it up. I did enjoy the way it ended though.


    8. Arkie Douglas is sitting on the railway station waiting for the train under which she will commit suicide. It is 31 December, but Arkie has no intention of seeing in the New Year. Obviously, life is not good for Arkie. Her husband’s lawyer, Fabian, is chasing her to serve divorce papers; okay so what if Arkie had an affair? Her wonderful and amazing mojo walked out with her lover Ben, taking with it her career as a trendspotter, a predictor of “the Next Big Thing”. Why was she the only one [...]


    9. The book opens and we find 41 year old Arkie Douglas (female) about to attempt to commit suicide on the one year anniversary of her husband leaving her, which also happens to be New Year’s. She decides that it’s all too much to bear and is going to throw herself in front of a train.Enter a hip 20 year old Japanese holiday maker by the name of Haruko (female). They spend New Year’s together waiting for a train that doesn’t come, they later discover it stopped running ten years prior.Arkie [...]


    10. Although billed as "the" party night of the year, New Year's Eve can be a depressing occasion for many people. For Arkie the close of 2014 is so dismal she spends it on a railway platform with every intention of leaping in front of the next train. Fortunately for her trains no longer run to Byron Bay and instead Arkie finds herself in the company of a quirky young Japanese woman who steers her life in a completely unexpected direction - a pilgrimage to all of Australia's "Big" things.I really li [...]


    11. This isn’t the sort of book I’d usually read. It’s embarrassing to admit, but it was really the pretty cover that drew me in and I was pleasantly surprised. Arkie’s Pilgrimage to the Next Big Thing was enjoyable, if somewhat wild, and the perfect summer read.Arkie and new friend Haruko are on a pilgrimage, both literal and figurative, to the next Big Thing. But when they reach the sad husks of booming tourist traps past, a little imagination is required to see their true beauty. I loved [...]


    12. Rumour has it that pilgrimage narratives are the next big thing. Following on from Eat Pray Love, and with Wild fresh in our memories, Arkie’s Pilgrimage To The Next Big Thing is another example of the ‘finding yourself’ novel. The book’s protagonist, Arkie, is a 40-something woman, recently separated from both her husband and her career. A strange set of circumstances sets her off on a road trip, from which she emerges with a fresh perspective and redefined ambitions. Australian readers [...]


    13. Like everything in life, the timing of this book was perfect!When Arkie ponders, "The world seems deeply mysterious to me in a way it isn't to others. A crow at outside my window, a dog following me home, a dream of a shipwreck, any of these things can set my mind off on a tangent from which it amy take some time to return." I recognise my own magical way of seeing significance as well as the horror story so many people live day to day.I recognise the story inside people's heads proclaiming this [...]


    14. This is a funny and inspiring story of Arkie a 40 something Australian woman in the midst of a divorce and on a mission to get her mojo and her life back. Arkie befriends a Japanese girl Haruko and together they go on a modern day pilgrimage around Australia's big things, as a twist to the traditional pilgrimages throughout Japan.This is an upbeat and interesting read, especially for those interested in travelling Australia and it's big things . The Big Pineapple, The Big Banana, The Big Prawn, [...]


    15. A 'surrealist novel' about a woman starting to search new ways for restarting her life. The story begins with Arkie, the main character, standing on the platform of a station and planing to jump in front of the train when it arrives. But then she meets a mysterious Japanese woman who starts telling her about Japanese New Year traditions and pilgrimages made in order to purify oneself and to chase away the demons of one's past. She will push Arkie to make her own quirky pilgrimage, right there in [...]


    16. Arkie is a trendsetter, predicting the 'next big thing', until she loses her lover, her husband and her predicting mojo. After meeting a quirky Japanese girl Haruko, who also has a flair for trendsetting and an uber-efficient way of packing a carry-on bag, Arkie embarks on a journey of self discovery, a pilgrimage of sorts, visiting Australian tourist icons.This book is probably more chick-lit than I normally read but I enjoyed it anyway. It has a magical quality - how does Haruko pack so many o [...]


    17. This was an enjoyable read- the story of a woman who has had an affair, lost her job, and is on the run from a lawyer wanting to serve her divorce papers.So far, not all that unusual - until Arkie meets the enigmatic Haruko, who leads her on a pilgrimage through 'big things' in Queensland and New South Wales, in an effort to find and reclaim her mojo.I found the infused Japanese cultural icons interesting, but the coincidences seemed a bit contrived.The writing itself flows well, with ideas conf [...]


    18. I really enjoyed this book. It was an entertaining read about trying to rediscover what is most important in your life. Having visited most of the Big Things that are described in this book it was easy to visualise the settings. When you first see a Big Thing they can appear as uninspiring, tacky and pointless but the theme of this book enables the main character, Arkie to gain insight from each of these Australian icons and the author has done this so well.


    19. I was a little unsure as I started this book but once I got my head around Arkie and haruko I was pulled in. A beautiful, quirky, creative tale about finding who you are after life splinters. Having grown up traveling the east coast of Australia (and strangely realizing how many 'big' things I've seen) I was connected to both the storytelling, the scenery and the lovely characters. Lovely book.


    20. Having visited most of the 'Big Things' in this most magical, beautiful, delightful and unforgettable book made me realise how much I miss the simple delight of seeing the Big Pineapple etc. for the first time all those years ago. I so love the idea of making a pilgrimage and I must admit that seeing my own state as a place of pilgrimage was so much fun.


    21. I just love this book. I love the witty, quirky, insightful humour. I love that it's optimistic and uplifting, but not saccharine. I love that it's gentle with an edgy wisdom. A perfect read for any time you need to feel a little more positive about the world.


    22. I thought Arkie's Pilgrimmage to the Next Big Thing was great! It was a fun, delightful and entertaining read. It was set in Australia with a Japanese influence & theme. It was about finding things closest to your heart and home.



    23. Loved the cover, but didn't like the story. Good luck to Arkie on her pilgrimage but I just couldn't continue on the journey with her



    24. What to do when youve lost everything. A quirky,funny and touching tale of our times. Chicken soup for the soul,as we follow one woman's journey from the edge back to her life. Good hearted tale.


    25. There is literally a quirky inscrutable Japanese spiritual guide sidekick in this story. Struggled to not DNF as a result, despite the rather fun Big Things storyline.



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