The Unlikely Pilgrimage of Harold Fry by Rachel Joyce - Random House
The Unlikely Pilgrimage of Harold Fry – Book Review
For Harold Fry life has become a little too certain, a little too predictable, when he receives word from old friend of whom he hasn’t seen in years. Queenie is dying and has written to say goodbye, and when Harold goes to finally post his reply he finds himself walking to the next mail box, then the next, until his odyssey begins and he finds himself walking the entire way.
Somewhere Harold has formed the belief that if he walks the full 600 miles, Queenie won’t die. He isn’t prepared, after all he was just going to shuffle to the end of the street, and along the way he meets with wonderful people, interesting characters; those whose kindness will make you smile and those who take his adventure on as their own.
It’s beautifully written and utterly charming in its descriptions as it goes from Harold’s pilgrimage to the memories that it stirs up; from marriage, to parent, to retirement the hopes that they all held and the shortcomings that are unfailingly human.
The Pilgrimage of Harold Fry is a novel that may cause a slight watering of the eyes, a story that will have you holding hope against hope, and cheering loudly from the sidelines, egging Harold on with the crowd.
Review by Jacq Ellem xx