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The Unlikely Pilgrimage of Harold Fry - Rachel Joyce, Jim Broadbent
The Unlikely Pilgrimage of Harold Fry
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NATIONAL BESTSELLER • LONGLISTED FOR THE MAN BOOKER PRIZE • NAMED ONE OF THE BEST BOOKS OF THE YEAR BY THE WASHINGTON POSTMeet Harold Fry, recently retired. He lives in a small English village with his wife, Maureen, who seems irritated by almost everything he does, even down to how he butters... show more
NATIONAL BESTSELLER • LONGLISTED FOR THE MAN BOOKER PRIZE • NAMED ONE OF THE BEST BOOKS OF THE YEAR BY THE WASHINGTON POSTMeet Harold Fry, recently retired. He lives in a small English village with his wife, Maureen, who seems irritated by almost everything he does, even down to how he butters his toast. Little differentiates one day from the next. Then one morning the mail arrives, and within the stack of quotidian minutiae is a letter addressed to Harold in a shaky scrawl from a woman he hasn’t seen or heard from in twenty years. Queenie Hennessy is in hospice and is writing to say goodbye.   Harold pens a quick reply and, leaving Maureen to her chores, heads to the corner mailbox. But then, as happens in the very best works of fiction, Harold has a chance encounter, one that convinces him that he absolutely must deliver his message to Queenie in person. And thus begins the unlikely pilgrimage at the heart of Rachel Joyce’s remarkable debut. Harold Fry is determined to walk six hundred miles from Kingsbridge to the hospice in Berwick-upon-Tweed because, he believes, as long as he walks, Queenie Hennessey will live.   Still in his yachting shoes and light coat, Harold embarks on his urgent quest across the countryside. Along the way he meets one fascinating character after another, each of whom unlocks his long-dormant spirit and sense of promise. Memories of his first dance with Maureen, his wedding day, his joy in fatherhood, come rushing back to him—allowing him to also reconcile the losses and the regrets. As for Maureen, she finds herself missing Harold for the first time in years.   And then there is the unfinished business with Queenie Hennessy.   A novel of unsentimental charm, humor, and profound insight into the thoughts and feelings we all bury deep within our hearts, The Unlikely Pilgrimage of Harold Fry introduces Rachel Joyce as a wise—and utterly irresistible—storyteller.
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Format: audiobook
ISBN: 9780449012765 (044901276X)
Publisher: Random House Audio
Edition language: English
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Sheila's Reads
Sheila's Reads rated it
5.0 THE UNLIKELY PILGRIMAGE OF HAROLD FRY by 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 ...
Freda's Voice
Freda's Voice rated it
5.0 The Unlikely Pilgrimage of Harold Fry by 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...
StitchersGirl
StitchersGirl rated it
3.5 The Unlikely Pilgrimage of Harold Fry by 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...
Url Phantomhive
Url Phantomhive rated it
3.5 The Unlikely Pilgrimage Of Harold Fry
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 k...
Cynically Speaking
Cynically Speaking rated it
4.0
I can see where a book about a recently retired Englishman going on a long walk and reflecting on his life would not be interesting (perhaps meaningful is a better word?) to persons under, say, 40. However, if you have more miles behind you than in front of you can appreciate the examination of "h...
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