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The Unlikely Pilgrimage of Harold Fry - Rachel Joyce
The Unlikely Pilgrimage of Harold Fry
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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,... show more
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. So without hiking boots, rain gear, map or cell phone, one of the most endearing characters in current fiction begins his unlikely pilgrimage across the English countryside. Along the way, strangers stir up memories--flashbacks, often painful, from when his marriage was filled with promise and then not, of his inadequacy as a father, and of his shortcomings as a husband. Ironically, his wife Maureen, shocked by her husband's sudden absence, begins to long for his presence. Is it possible for Harold and Maureen to bridge the distance between them? And will Queenie be alive to see Harold arrive at her door?
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Format: paperback
ISBN: 9780385677714 (0385677715)
Publisher: Anchor Canada
Pages no: 384
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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