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review 2017-04-02 03:01
The Unlikely Pilgrimage of Harold Fry - Rachel Joyce
  I loved this book. I got so caught up in Harold's journey to save Queenie. I got angry when others wanted to join his journey. I liked that both Harold and Maureen had to look at themselves and their marriage while Harold was on his walk. Seeing them look honestly at their marriage especially their son and the last 20 years was cathartic. I cried. I laughed. This book is a keeper.
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review 2016-06-22 16:25
The Unlikely Pilgrimage of Harold Fry by Rachel Joyce
The Unlikely Pilgrimage of Harold Fry - Rachel Joyce

Quite a story!
I can definitely see why this book is a favorite for many. Told with many intricacies, that have you mind-bent at times.
Was the journey Harold took crazy? You're damn skippy. Was it worth it? It definitely was. Even if it stopped being about what it was in the first place.
I got nothing but mad love for Harold and Maureen. You think one thing and are going to be totally wrong... it is what it is... but you know this is a great thing, because what you're rooting for is even better than expected!
Yeah, all I can say is, if you haven't read it. You really need to. Seriously.



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text 2016-03-02 17:26
March TBR
To Be a Queen - Annie Whitehead
Blood and Roses - Catherine Hokin
The Invention of Fire - Bruce Holsinger
A Burnable Book - Bruce Holsinger
The Jesuit Letter - William Dean Hamilton
Martyr - Rory Clements
The Brutal Telling - Louise Penny
Bury Your Dead - Louise Penny
The Pilgrimage of Grace & Exeter Conspiracy (Tudor Time Insights (Politics & Economics) Book 3) - Tudor Times
The Colour of Poison: A Sebastian Foxley Medieval Mystery (Volume 1) - Toni Mount

Too many books, too little time.

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review 2016-02-21 21:53
The Unlikely Pilgrimage of Harold Fry by Rachel Joyce
The Unlikely Pilgrimage of Harold Fry - Rachel Joyce

I had this one sitting on my TBR for quite some time. I'm glad I finally picked it up, because it was all worth it in the end. 


"Recently retired, sweet, emotionally numb Harold Fry is jolted out of his passivity by a letter from Queenie Hennessy, an old friend, who he hasn't heard from in twenty years. She has written to say she is in hospice and wanted to say goodbye. Leaving his tense, bitter wife Maureen to her chores, Harold intends a quick walk to the corner mailbox to post his reply but instead, inspired by a chance encounter, he becomes convinced he must deliver his message in person to Queenie--who is 600 miles away--because as long as he keeps walking, Harold believes that Queenie will not die."



This book was so different from all the others I've read over the last year or so. I was very impressed with the writing, because despite my scepticism and fear going in, the book captured me right from the start. I couldn't stop reading, even though I didn't enjoy all parts of the story equally. 


It was Harold who broke my heart pretty much in the first chapter. He was so lost, so uncertain of everything, but then something just snapped in his mind and he HAD to walk the distance to see Queenie. Because if he only belived hard enough, a miracle might happen and Queenie would be cured. He mad eme smile and hurt for him at the same time. His wife Maureen was a different story. I had a harder time with her. Maybe because she didn't always make sense to me on an emotional level. Maybe because I still understood her - she had a very eerie resemblance to someone in my own family. But all in all, these two MCs touched me on a very personal level, one I didn't expect or was always completely comfortable with. But they got under my skin, and once they did, I enjoyed their journey very much. 


Sadly, some parts of the story dragged a little. Especially the happenings involving all of Harold's "followers" and the whole media hype. It was probably not far from a potential reality, but it still annoyed me one moment, then bored me the next. I felt somewhat disconnected at that point.


The last part packed another punch though, and really got to me. So much. It was Harold, again, so beautifully real and human and flawed, who broke my heart and drew me in again. I felt for him, I even felt a little more for Maureen. Their loss and hope slayed me all at once.


All in all, I really liked this story despite the niggles and issues I had with in now and again. I'd recommend it to everyone who likes a well written story about life, love, regrets and loss, combined with a very unusual adventure. 

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review 2016-01-11 20:00
The Unlikely Pilgrimage Of Harold Fry
The Unlikely Pilgrimage of Harold Fry - Rachel Joyce,Jim Broadbent

Harold Fry, recently retired, receive a letter from a former colleague and friend who's now in a hospice dying from cancer. While he at first only plans to post a card with his support, he ends up walking all across England to visit her. Like a modern pilgrimage.


This was one of these books that kept staring at me every time I entered a book store. The story had always seemed interesting but somehow, in the end, I never bought the book. Until last summer. And I'm glad I did.


In general it was a nice story about an old man trying to find out what his worth in life is. His pilgrimage is more than just a walk, he is finding out who he is and trying to deal with some problems that have been bothering him for a very long time. While beautiful most of the time, there were a few points that it was a bit too much, too preachy for me. Like for example when he decides that he doesn't need anything any more and continues without food and money. However, overall I really liked the book. It was a nice read.

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