Tuesday, August 14, 2018
The Unlikely Pilgrimage of Harold Fry by Rachel Joyce ~ Book Review
This story was an interesting and heartfelt look into the human heart. As Harold walks he has nothing to do except think and he faces his own thoughts, emotions and history. As does his wife back at home. It's a subtle coming to terms with aging and what one's life has become because of your past decisions and what one's life can still be. It's also a story of perspective and how we remember events in our lives. As Harold walks he he comes across many interesting characters who both add to his walk but also those who are detrimental. The book drew me right in as I kept the hope that Harold would indeed make it on time to Queenie and that somehow against all odds this walk would save her. But it also drew me because, strangely, in so many ways, Harold is so relatable.
The story is very introspective but the author brilliantly unfolds the past that has led Harold to this point. It is a study in human nature in many layers not just of Harold but all the people that his journey brings him across. About 3/4 of the way through, just when I thought I had enough of the introspection, the author reveals aspects of Harold's story one after another that had me crying and then crying again and yet again. I thought this was a lovely story that was very well done, humorous and subtly thought provoking.
I give it a 9.5/10