The Unlikely Pilgrimage of Harold Fry by Rachel Joyce

  • Started on: 2013-06-20
  • Finished on: 2013-06-21
  • Read in: English
  • Rating: “****-”
  • Genre(s): General Fiction


I don’t even know where and when I learned about this book, but something about it drew me to it. I am glad to say I wasn’t disappointed by this lovely story.
Harold Fry is a pensioner who has a pretty boring life and a pretty overbearing wife. One day he gets a letter from an old colleague who is in a hospice, dying from cancer. He writes her a note back, but when he goes out to post it, he decides to keep on walking. All the way across the country (England) to the hospice itself, hoping to inspire his old colleague to just hang on in there. Along the way he is an inspiration to others, learns a lot about himself and his relationships, and comes to terms with what happened in his (and his wife’s life).
It is a beautiful story, made more so because Harold seems such a normal old man when he starts out. He has worked the same job all his life, has a wife and a son. But the story (behind the curtains of their lovely home) is a lot more complex and heartbreaking than you could ever expect. A great and indeed lovely read, four out of five stars.