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Unlikely Pilgrimage of Harold Fry
by Rachel Joyce

Published: 2012-03-01
Paperback : 304 pages
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When Harold Fry nips out one morning to post a letter, leaving his wife hoovering upstairs, he has no idea that he is about to walk from one end of the country to the other. He has no hiking boots or map, let alone a compass, waterproof or mobile phone. All he knows is that he must keep wa...
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When Harold Fry nips out one morning to post a letter, leaving his wife hoovering upstairs, he has no idea that he is about to walk from one end of the country to the other. He has no hiking boots or map, let alone a compass, waterproof or mobile phone. All he knows is that he must keep walking. To save someone else's life.

Amazon Best Books of the Month, July 2012: Harold Fry--retired sales rep, beleaguered husband, passive observer of his own life--decides one morning to walk 600 miles across England to save an old friend. It might not work, mind you, but that's hardly the point. In playwright Rachel Joyce's pitch-perfect first novel, Harold wins us over with his classic antiheroism. Setting off on the long journey, he wears the wrong jacket, doesn't have a toothbrush, and leaves his phone at home--in short, he is wholly, endearingly unprepared. But as he travels, Harold finally has time to reflect on his failings as a husband, father, and friend, and this helps him become someone we (and, more important, his wife Maureen) can respect. After walking for a while in Harold Fry's very human shoes, you might find that your own fit a bit better. --Mia Lipman

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Suggest also reading the non-fiction book "A Walk in the Woods" by Bill Bryson.
by nbaker (see profile) 10/26/12

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  "Unlikely Pilgrimage"by maryannkwik (see profile) 02/15/13

Harold Fry is a retiree who sets out to mail a letter one day and instead just keeps on walking. I found this book quite a journey for myself; sort of a coming of age novel for middle-agers. The story... (read more)

 
  "Give your tearducts a workout"by suzamac (see profile) 11/28/12

This book carries you along and is completely engaging. There are moments of humor and many more of touching inspiration. The overall theme is faith and doubt (in a non-religious sense). The characters... (read more)

 
  "The Unlikely Pilgrimage of Harold Fry"by brumery (see profile) 11/28/12

A very moving and beautifully written book that demonstrates the continual tension between faith (in life, onesself, others) and doubt. It moved me to tears at some points. The book slowly, elegantly reveals... (read more)

 
  "One of the best books I've read thisyear"by teachgiftedkids (see profile) 11/09/12

I found this book one that left me with much to think about. Where will my own journey take me? How can I better understand those who are affecting my life? How does my past affect my future? This... (read more)

 
  "Invest in some good Walking Shoes"by nbaker (see profile) 10/26/12

Some loved the book and others were just so-so. Not so sure that the book isn't more meaningful to those of mid-life age and older. The need to see your life in full view, to accept what has been and... (read more)

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