The Unlikely Pilgrimage of Harold Fry by Rachel Joyce (2012)

Rachel Joyce’s first novel –  about a retired Englishman setting off to visit a dying colleague, Queenie Hennessy – sounds excessively sentimental, but it is an inspiring kind of book.  Harold’s need to reconnect with Queenie sends him on a wandertour up England, but his journey becomes one of self-discovery.

The Unlikely Pilgrimage of Harold Fry is a novel told with humor and charm leading to a powerful climax. I found it to contain insight into the thoughts and feelings we all carry (sometimes buried) within our hearts.

The story is so compelling it becomes a comic and tragic joy and I love it when I find a book that is this funny, wise and charming!

2 thoughts on “The Unlikely Pilgrimage of Harold Fry by Rachel Joyce (2012)

  1. I loved this unusual story. We get pulled into the mind of a gentle, but needy soul. The ending pack a satisfying whallop.

    lu

    1. I loved this book, too. It moves slowly at first but that’s not necessarily a bad thing because you really come to know the title character and his wife, Maureen. The scene where Maureen is rearranging the bedroom closet is truly beautiful, I thought.

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