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review 2018-04-16 16:25
The Unlikely Pilgrimage of Harold Fry - Rachel Joyce

Although I wasn't sure about this book when I was assigned it as a responsibility for the adult version of "Battle of the Books," I found myself oddly struck by its realness. Although Harold is portrayed as an awkward guy, he is remarkably humble, and many of his stories of inadequacy, heartbreak, and regret/chances not taken are something we all experience (albeit somewhat different from his).  Although it seems outlandish--his spur-of-the-moment pilgrimage--it actually makes sense and the ending is that much more believable.

 

I just found out there's a sequel, but it's written about Queenie, the woman for whom he starts this journey.

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text 2018-04-09 14:57
Introductions, Introductions
The Unlikely Pilgrimage of Harold Fry - Rachel Joyce

 

Pop Quiz... about who else? ..... me!

 

Which of these do you think is true of me as a reader?

1.  I didn't reach my goal of reading 52 books last year (only 42).

2.  I love reading books where a young adult has a life-changing event.

3.  I can't stand horror or scary fiction.

4.  I read most titles out of suggestions from friends.

5. I chose to read The Unlikely Pilgrimage of Harold Fry because I'm participating in my first Battle of the Books.

 

That's right... all of them are true!

 

So.... I just started reading The Unlikely Pilgrimage of Harold Fry: Awkward.  Just awkward. The whole premise of the book seems so unlikely.... weird word choice.   Anyway, Harold Fry is  a timid, middle-aged married man in England goes on a walking journey to deliver a letter to a long-lost friend he recently discovered is dying... wait for it...  he says:

"as long as I walk, she'll stay alive." 

He seems to think she'll wait for him; the cancer won't kill her, but she'll wait.  So, yes. This book is a little odd.  But, I can't help but feel compelled by this character.  He is so real. Even when he has an awkward conversation from a payphone to his wife, you can't help but feel intrigued and happy for him; he has an enlightened joy and newly found happiness in his purpose... silly as it may be.

 

 I can't help but wonder, as Harold stays in a hotel for an unexpected two-day stay, whether he'll have the stamina to continue... also, he doesn't have the appropriate great... I mean, won't his shoes fall apart?

 

 

 

 

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review 2018-02-16 18:34
Pilgrimage by Derry Brabbs
Pilgrimage: The Great Pilgrim Routes of Britain and Europe - Derry Brabbs

I love to travel. I love to see new places, experience the sites and sounds of places I have never been. I have been a lot of places, and I will still go to more places. But there are some places I know I will probably never get a chance to visit. So I travel through books about real places. This is one of those books. Pilgrimage by Derry Brabbs is an amazing book to armchair travel and it is also a great guide book if you were to get a chance to actually go to the laces in the book. 

 

There are 11 routes in the book that Europe's Pilgrims used. From 3500 people walking the route from Northern Spain to the Shrine of St James the Apostle in Santiago de Compostela in 1988 to 277,000 as of  2016. 

 

The book features amazing photos along the routes, maps, and lots of information about all the stops along the way and of course the ending point.  It tells you how many miles the route is and how many days it should take to cover the route. These routes are done by walking, they way the original Pilgrimage took place. I am sure some of the routes you could go by car but if you wanted to experience the routes they way the pilgrims did you would want to walk the route. 

 

I received this book from the Author or Publisher via Netgalley.com to read and review.

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review 2017-04-02 03:01
THE UNLIKELY PILGRIMAGE OF HAROLD FRY by Rachel Joyce
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.

 

 

Source: www.fredasvoice.com/2016/06/the-unlikely-pilgrimage-of-harold-fry.html
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