Book Review: “The Unlikely Pilgrimage of Harold Fry” by Rachel Joyce
Harold Fry just got a letter from an old friend. Queenie Hennessy is dying of cancer and she just wanted to say good-bye.
Try as he might, Harold could not write a sufficiently good response, but somehow, after many iterations he had a letter that came close. All he needed to do now was mail it.
Harold sets out to the nearest post box but once he gets there, he finds he is not ready to go back home quite yet so he walks to the next post box. Then the next, then the next, then the next, until Harold meets a young girl who tells him that he should keep the faith and Queenie might survive.
Harold decides to walk to see Queenie (500 miles away!). He calls and tells the nurses to tell Queenie that he is on his way and that she needs to wait for him. He is walking.
“The Unlikely Pilgrimage of Harold Fry” is an insightful look into the life of an older man who has been married “forever”. His wife nags him constantly and it has been 20 years since they have talked or slept in the same room. On his walk…Harold discovers himself, resolves many past issues, and remembers fondly his relationship with Queenie. This is the walk of a lifetime, and amazing self discovery.
I can’t tell you what happens, but, I can tell you that this is a truly wonderful book full of interesting characters and discovery.