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The Unlikely Pilgrimage of Harold Fry

The Unlikely Pilgrimage of Harold Fry 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 m

  • Title: The Unlikely Pilgrimage of Harold Fry
  • Author: Rachel Joyce
  • ISBN: 9780857520647
  • Page: 251
  • Format: Hardcover
  • 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.

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    1. The Harold Fry that leaves to mail a letter to his dying friend is drained by life, full of self-loathing and incapable of mending his ruined marriage. ‘For years they had been in a place where language had no significance’. He just keeps walking in the belief that his journey will save her life. I wanted to shout “keep going Harold!”, to remind him of the adage ‘absence makes the heart grow fonder’ because Harold’s journey was testament to its truth. A journey just as much about h [...]

    2. Found at The Sunday Edition:The Unlikely Pilgrimage of Harold Fry is the story of one man's faith in his feet. (OneEighteen/photopin)★★★★★ So well narrated by the wonderful Jim Broadbent. If you'd like to hear a bit of it, go here and click on the pod casts. It touched my heart.Jim BroadbentNorth Devon coastlineClovelly, North DevonTaunton, U.K. You can see the paving stones.Walled gardens in Taunton.Glastonbury England - The Resting place of the Legendary King ArthurMendip Hillshorse [...]

    3. Three star review has moved to Expendable Mudge Muses Aloud.But really, there are better ways to spend your eyeblinks than reading this mawkish treacle.

    4. One of my favorite places to read during nice weather is out on my balcony. At one point in this book I was out reading, sunglasses on to cut the sun’s glare, and the story gripped my heart to the weeping point. Do I go in so my neighbours don’t see? But I’m wearing my sunglasses. Yes, but the tears are falling from under the sunglasses and rolling down my cheeks.I did come in from outside (no tissues on my balcony) and then I thought, if Harold Fry is brave enough to walk so many miles an [...]

    5. stil mulling this one. sometimes i really liked it and other moments i wasa little bored. there was definitely an overuse of "put one foot in front of the other" that verged on becoming a drinking game. the premise of the story is lovely but it did get a bit schlocky and mitch albom-y for my tastes. mentions of both facebook and twitter in the book were curious.edited to add (pasted in from my comment below, in case people don't read the comments here):you know, the further i get from reading th [...]

    6. I have just browsed through a bunch of reviews that are literally glowing with praise, so I feel rather embarrassed that I cannot be more enthused about this novel.I was really taken in by the premise and rather enjoyed the beginning of the book, probably until celebrity, hype and disciples befall Harold.From that point on, I started to find the book predictable, if not a little trite even. I also think that while I have nothing against a good dose of pathos, this may have bordered on the overdo [...]

    7. What to say about The Unlikely Pilgrimage of Harold Fry; a lovely read, a phenomenal book, exceptional and captivating. How I lingered over this book; read it slowly to truly savour and appreciate the story. The author doesn't try to impress you with pretentious words nor does she bamboozle you with a convoluted plot. It's an unembellished story. The 'hero' is not good-looking or rich; he's a simple man who embarks on the journey of a lifetime. I loved the absolute clarity of foresight into the [...]

    8. I just finished this lovely book, and I'm never going to forget it. To those who say nobody wants to read about "old people", I'd say, read this book. The fact is, as long as you're alive, you should be open to growth and change, right? But how many of us stop growing after middle age? We find a formula that works and we stick with it, missing opportunities to experience joyous awakening. Maybe we start saying things like, "I'm too old to do X any more." And we shut down, close off. We fail to n [...]

    9. Harold Fry has never done the unexpected, having spent the last 65 years living a quiet sheltered life. Retired for the last six months Harold shaves each morning and puts on a tie only to sit in the same chair with nowhere to go as his wife Maureen silently cleans. One day he recieves a letter from an woman from his past who informs him she is dying. Harold pens his reply only to be disappointed by his response so he makes a snap decision to walk across England from Kingsbridge to Berwick Upton [...]

    10. I fear I am heartless.Some people I respect as readers give this book five stars and I just can't.Basically, it is about a man taking a walk. Beginning, middle, end. He gets bad news about an old friend and just starts walking, wearing the wrong kind of shoes and without bringing his 'mobile.' Most of the book is about regret and finding his way back to what matters. So, I get that, but it didn't poke through my tough exterior, I guess. You have my permission to call me heartless.I listened to t [...]

    11. What the heck, ?? What the HECK?Though I did not finish this, I feel that is proof enough of this book's ridiculousness. Maybe I am all the more indignant because I was all, hey, check it out, it got this crazy good rating, and yay, my library managed to get it before I got too old to read, and isn't amazing because wow it alerts me to wonderful books and SO I DON'T HAVE TO READ BAD ONES ANYMORE EXCEPT THIS TIME I STILL DID!What is it with you people? I mean seriously?? Let's start with the wri [...]

    12. I loved the purity and spare beauty of this sad but uplifting tale. At first I wondered how I could possibly get involved in this apparently absurd story. A retired salesman for a brewery receives a letter of goodbye from an old friend, Queenie, who is dying of cancer, and, on the way to the mailbox with a return reply, ends up setting out on a 500 mile walk to visit her. But it was a quick read and full of pleasant surprises and many special moments where the clouds of life’s travails and bur [...]

    13. "Harold could no longer pass a stranger without acknowledging the truth that everyone was the same, and also unique; and that this was the dilemma of being human."I just finished this book on New Year's Eve, and I'm so happy I did, because this is a book about new beginnings, even the ones begun in the twilight of our lives.I have to begin by being perfectly honest which is, I feel, not only in keeping with the spirit of this book, but also the way that Harold would have wanted it. I feel like a [...]

    14. Attention all yacht shoe wearers! Please unite for this wonderfully heartwarming, sometimes heartbreaking tale of loss, sorrow and redemption.*REVIEW CONTAINS NO SPOILERS*For reasons unimaginable, some (ahem!) fair-minded readers have offered this cleverly-crafted book an oh-so-generous one star, out of five! Seriously, WTF?It may be true that TUPOHF is more likely to be better-received by mature readers and would also appeal to Anglophiles who are the wrong side of forty (effectively old gits, [...]

    15. “The people he met, the places he passed, were all steps in his journey, and he kept a place inside his heart for each of them.” This was such a powerful book! I'm so glad I took the time to read it. I loved the writing style! BRILLIANT!

    16. Onvan : The Unlikely Pilgrimage of Harold Fry (Harold Fry, #1) - Nevisande : Rachel Joyce - ISBN : 812993292 - ISBN13 : 9780812993295 - Dar 320 Safhe - Saal e Chap : 2012

    17. 5★This is a journey to the past. Each slow step, each blister, each new person Harold meets reveals something of the truth of his life to him and to us.An unwanted, neglected boy grew up to be an unremarkable man. But for a brief instant, he frolicked at a dance and attracted the loveliest girl, Maureen. They dreamed and planned and married. They made a lovely home with veggie gardens and had one son, David.Harold worked at the brewery for 45 years for an obnoxious bully of a boss (like his fa [...]

    18. Where to next Sancho?Harold Fry is definitely an unlikely hero. He would also have easily been voted ‘least likely to go on a spiritual quest’. This makes him perfect for this story because it’s about unlikely thoughts, friendships, marriages, what have you. Harold’s quest begins with a letter from a former co-worker he thinks of fondly. They’ve shared a pivotal moment in Harold’s life. He reads the letter soon after he retires from said job and he reads it in front of his continuall [...]

    19. 4.4★An allegorical adventure that speaks to the reader gently, quietly, and personally. Harold’s odyssey if you will in Forrest Gump fashion taking it one day at a time.Burdened by a life where he has ended up feeling like nothing he did mattered, in a souless marriage that appears to be well past its expiration date, Harold has a destination in mind but of course it’s all about the journey getting there. Haunted by buried memories and words left unsaid he takes a first literal step and th [...]

    20. I have recently reread parts of this book in conjunction with reading The Love Song of Miss Queenie Hennessy and I am revising my rating from 4 to 5 stars .

    21. I won't be pursuing this read. After the first few chapters, the book and I decided to sit down and seriously talk about where this read was headed. The conversation went something like this:ME: Look, I don't mean to appear impatient, ok, I know you're doing your best to hold my attention in this read, but I have to admit to you, and I hope you can understand that this is in no way an indictement of the style or structure, but the whole plot feels rather contrived.TUPOHF: Where is this headed? A [...]

    22. There is only one book that has ever made me cry. That book is The Kite Runner. I had always wondered if I would ever read another book that would make me cry and if so, which book would it be? Harold Fry… you made me cry and cry and cry and then when I thought I was finished crying…you made me cry again.Harold Fry, now retired, receives a letter from an old friend and work colleague, Queenie Hennessy. Queenie, who hasn’t seen Harold for over twenty years, is saying goodbye. So begins Haro [...]

    23. This sweet, heartfelt book reminded me of movies like Waking Ned Devine or The Englishman Who Went Up a Hill But Came Down a Mountain. It even had some Forrest Gump-ian characteristics (without the Southern accent or the meteoric run through historical events). But despite some similarities, this was a unique book with a story all its own.Harold Fry recently retired from his job, and now doesn't feel motivated to do much of anything. His very presence seems to irritate his wife, Maureen. But the [...]

    24. Absolutely delightful - sheer reading pleasure at its very best.Harold and Maureen are a retired couple living a quiet, mundane life in Devon, where hardly anything ever happens and they hardly ever talk to each other any more, when they do its barely an exchange of words followed by Maureens usual put down "I think not"One day a letter arrives for Harold which informs him that an old work colleague Queenie is in a hospice in Berwick on Tweed. Harold pens a reply and walks out of the door to pos [...]

    25. Oh wow, and wowa book that actually made me cry, I think that's a first. This book I so wish was chosen by my book club to read, it's so touching, so moving, so funny, so human and has one of the most powerful endings.I felt like I knew Harold personally, I cheered him on with his pilgrimage walk.This book is special, is about the human spirit, it felt so real at times it could almost be a true story, everyone should read this book. Some breathtaking paragraphs that touched me so very deeply. Wo [...]

    26. Harold Fry walked 600 miles through villages, his life and relationships and sometimes lugubrious past, his marriage and his future. It was almost as if he had died and was now reviewing everything about his life, his failures, his successes, the psychology of what made him what he had become with an angel or spiritual guide and now perhaps can find ways to finally resolve and improve what life he has left in him. Here are my random thoughts and reasons I really loved the book.1. This book could [...]

    27. This has proved to be a very rewarding reading experience and I found that I liked it's slow reveal of Harold's life and of Harold, Maureen and Queenie's back stories. It seemed as the book progressed that Harold slowly began to realize, or to admit to himself, why he had to walk. His past began to open up to him and, in parallel, at home, his wife began to have much the same experience.This is not a novel of big moments. It is one of small moments---the remembered grasp of a son's hand, a dog d [...]

    28. I loved the premise of this book, that a man could just decide one day, whilst out to post a letter, to keep walking away from his life. Ostensibly he is on a mercy mission to a former colleague who is terminally ill with cancer, but the journey is more than that, as is suggested by the title. It is an old man's journey to find himself. Harold Fry is ill-equipped for such a journey as clad only in his deck-shoes he sets off to walk from Devon to Berwick-upon Tweed - the length of England. Inevit [...]

    29. I don't want to say much about the book, since so many have read and reviewed it already.Touching, endearing, realistic, emotional, good.It is one of the books on my To-Be-Read list that constantly landed on top, and I finally relented. I am not sorry at all. I took the time to venture off with Harold Fry with his letter to Queenie, felt the blisters, muscle spasms and emotional denouement as we walked 627 miles from south to north through England to deliver a letter personally. We dissected lif [...]

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