I'll Take You There by Wally Lamb

I'll Take You There

In this radiant homage to the resiliency, strength, and power of women, Wally Lamb—author of numerous New York Times bestselling novels including She’s Come Undone, I Know This Much is True, and We Are Water—weaves an evocative, deeply affecting tapestry of one Baby Boomer's life and the trio of unforgettable women who have changed it. I’ll Take You There centers on Felix, a film scholar who runs a Monday night movie club in what was onc...

Details I'll Take You There

TitleI'll Take You There
Release DateNov 21st, 2017
PublisherHarper Perennial
GenreFiction, Historical, Historical Fiction, Abandoned, Audiobook

Reviews I'll Take You There

  • switterbug (Betsey)
    This is my first dip into Wally Lamb, and unfortunately, I’m staring at his earlier works, unread on my shelf, hoping that they contain the gems my friends talked about. Because this latest book of his did nothing to urge me on further. He checked all the PC boxes on feminism, family, dysfunction, loss, and other topical issues, so blatantly that I almost thought it was going to be satirical, but no, it was taking itself seriously. On the other...
  • Tim
    Halfway through, I thought this might be headed for 5-stars. Then, along came the second half and that's too bad. 6 of 10 stars
  • Erin Toland
    If you enjoy this review visit my book blog: www.booksmusicallthingswritten.wordpr... or my blog's Official Facebook Page: www.facebook.com/booksmusicallthingsw... or follow me on Twitter: @etoland16Wally Lamb has been one of my favorite authors since I first read “She’s Come Undone” when I was 16 years old. One of my favorite books I’ve ever read is his book, “The Hour I First Believed.” I’ve read all of his books and he never ceas...
  • Lynne
    A unique reminder of American culture in the 50s-60s, brought together with current culture. The reading experience would be enhanced by reading Wishin' and Hopin' but not necessary.
  • Robin
    I adore Wally Lamb and am in awe of his writing and knowledge about women. Be forewarned, this is a bit different from his longer tomes, which isn't necessarily a bad thing. Also love the title. More comprehensive review to come.
  • Alissa
    This had an interesting premise but it never really went anywhere for me. I could never really relate to the characters or care why this story was being told.
  • Jordan Perkins
    Not one of Wally Lamb's best books......in fact, when considering the greatness that is Wally Lamb, who set the bare extremely high with works like "she's come undone" and "I know this much is true" this might have actually been his worst so far, that's not to say it was a bad book but I was expecting more. I was really looking forward to this book when I heard it was out because Wally Lamb has been one of my favorite authors since I read "she's ...
  • Erin Clemence
    “”I’ll Take You There” by Wally Lamb re-introduces us to the character of Felix Funicello (previously brought to our attention in Lamb’s Christmas story, “Wishin’ and Hopin’”). In this novel, Felix is a film scholar who runs a workshop for fellow film buffs, based out of an old theatre. While setting up for his film group, Felix comes across the ghost of a female film director from Hollywood’s silent film era. In her interacti...
  • Sue
    Before I give you my opinion of Wally Lamb's newest book, I have to admit that I have read and loved everything he has written and he is one of my favorite authors. This wasn't my favorite book by him but it's still a fantastic book. The character of Felix Funicello (who we knew as a child in Wishin' and Hopin') is now 60 years old and this book is a reflection on his life helped along by a few ghosts who provide him with movies of critical point...
  • Kim
    Imagine being able to go back and see parts of your life like a movie? This one did not disappoint.
  • Christy
    So this started off great. I was really enjoying it and then about halfway through...I was over it. I mean I get what the book was about but, no.
  • Kris - My Novelesque Life
    I have to start off by saying, I am a huge fan of Wally Lamb’s writing! She’s Come Undone is one of my favourite novels, followed closely by This Much Is True . I have read the former book a few times, and twice for the latter, as the next novel would not be published for over a decade. As soon as his third novel, The Hour I First Believed was published I had a hold on it at the library. It is another massive book but I read it within four da...
  • Melissa
    I love Wally Lamb's writing and would read the phone book if he wrote that. I'm sure he'd find a way to make it fascinating. So it pains me to give him anything below five stars. However, when I get a Wally Lamb book, I expect an elaborate plot with lots of twists and turns. While there were some twists in this story, I felt there was very little plot. I'll Take You There is mostly told in flashbacks, with some scenes from the present intersperse...
  • David Saliba
    I started reading this book because I really liked "We are Water." I abandoned this book a third of the way through, because the protagonist is unbearable. We are told that the main character is sixty years old, but given Lamb's portrayal he seems more like eighty. I was starting to get over that when Lamb places us in the mind of the protagonist when he was six years old. Whether or not he accurately portrays a six year old is moot. What adult w...
  • Mary Lins
    Wally Lamb's latest novel, "I'll Take You There", is about 60-year old film expert, Felix Funicello. It starts out great: his musings on aging are spot-on and his film references will delight film buffs. But in chapter two he meets two ghosts in the projection room of an old theater. Hmm...not my cuppa - but hey, I love Noel Coward's, "Blithe Spirit", so I hung on.So these ghosts are Lois Weber and Billie Dove, both of whom were real people. Lois...
  • Lynne Bissell
    The narrator's voice never rang true to me. I have loved Lamb's previous work, and think he has been talented speaking from experience outside his own. But "grumpy old man" and "sex in the city" daughter aren't working here.
  • Nicole
    The narrative voice drove me to distraction! I didn't mind so much when Felix was talking to me-as-the-reader with his ho hum golly gee ain't this modern world somethin' voice. But when he was educating me-as-the-reader by having a "conversation" with another character...man, was it annoying! It reminded me of the patronizing way some doctors ask "How are WE today?" Felix's conversations with Lois were just an excuse to teach/lecture on film hist...
  • Kelly Gladney
    Oh Wally Lamb. How does he take such a fun idea and turn it into thoughtful insights into feminism, advertising, and dark family secrets. I loved it right off because the main character is a movie buff and has a movie club along with teaching. I'm hoping Mr. Lamb is also like his character so I have that in common with him. I also loved his idea of bringing a few ghosts to life in an old theater and learning about an amazing woman from the 20s th...
  • Colin McEvoy
    This was my first Wally Lamb book, and I get the strong impression it wasn’t the best one to start with for this author. While I Know This Much is True and She’s Come Undone appear to me to be ambitious and dramatic epics, I’ll Take You There honestly feels like something Lamb could have written up in a single weekend. I’ll still undoubtedly try out some of Lamb’s other books in the future, but this one was pretty weak, and felt more li...
  • Sarah Beth
    I received an uncorrected proof copy of this novel from HarperCollins. This novel focuses on narrator Felix Funicello, a film scholar who runs a movie club in an old vaudeville theater. One evening, while in the theater alone, he sees the ghost of a former Hollywood star who enables Felix to view videos from his own past. In these scenes from his own life, Felix ruminates on the women who have impacted his life, including daughter Aliza and his s...
  • Christopher Shawn
    Lamb takes a somewhat unexpected detour into magical realism in his latest novel. Fenix Funicello is an aging film buff, who runs a small town movie club. He finds that the specters of old Hollywood are also attending his weekly meetings, leading him to revisit his past through supernatural means. Felix learns a new appreciation for the women in his life, as well as the silent film actresses guiding his journey.The premise is overall a little lam...
  • Beth
    No clue what this book was trying to do. Lots of weird feminist stuff, but did not really make sense. Freaking out about The Rolling Stones under my thumb for some unknown reasons?!?? Anyway, almost stopped reading it which I never do, but it was short enough so finished it. Not quite sure why I wasted my time
  • Emily
    I was incredibly disappointed by this book. This is the first Wally Lamb book I've read and haven't loved. And then right at the end this saved the book from a one star rating: "So what do I believe in? Equality. Forgiveness. Compassion. Social justice. I believe in the value of family, whether you define it as your blood relatives or the people you draw to you - which is to say that I believe in love."
  • Deanna
    This was just not my kind of book. I felt like I didn't understand what the point of the book was. There was a lot going on. It's definitely not a book I would have picked myself, but it was a book club choice so I gave it a shot.
  • Jenn
    Fun read. I enjoyed the feeling of the protagonist's point of view on the story telling. the story itself seemed a bit odd , as in how the story progressed. The ending felt a bit rushed. Overall enjoyable read. Love Wally Lamb.
  • Barbara
    After starting this and looking at community reviews, I have decided that I have many more books to read which would be more appealing to me.
  • ArtBooksLIfe
    always an entertaining tale.
  • Jo-anne
    I was disappointed in this book. The plot device was interesting with lots of possibility but basically the book is mainly a rehashing of historical tidbits and a feminist diatribe. TBH I found it both boring and insulting. Boring because I have read feminist history and I don't need a rehash. The implication is that the central male character gets a different insight into the lives of women around him ( sister, mother, aunts etc) but this isn't ...