A Book Review: The Unlikely Pilgrimage of Harold Fry

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Every once in awhile a book comes along that totally captures my fancy. This time it is The Unlikely Pilgrimage of Harold Fry, a heart-warming tale by British author, Rachel Joyce. It’s the story of an ordinary man doing something extraordinary in a very ordinary way.

A retired sales rep, Harold Fry, lives a miserable loveless life with his wife, Maureen, when he receives a letter from an old acquaintance who is dying. On his way to the post a return note, he makes the spontaneous decision that he can keep his friend, Queenie, alive if he walks the 600 miles to personally deliver the letter.

Harold is unprepared, old, unfit, and wearing the wrong clothing and shoes, but none of this matters. Along the way, he meets a variety of people and has all sorts of adventures. Transformations occur as his walk gives him a new understanding of his memories and the meaning of his actions. His wife, Maureen, goes through a parallel, soul-searching set of revelations waiting for him at home.

This is a wonderfully human tale of redemption and proof that if one has faith, anything is possible.



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