This was one of the first books I read after deciding to read fiction, as part of my wind down routine before sleep.
Unsure if I’d get past the first chapter, I was wonderfully surprised at how quickly my interest was drawn into an incident that happened to this retired couple one morning, during their usual mundane breakfast.
The Unlikely Pilgrimage of Harold Fry is a heartwarming and touching novel by Rachel Joyce. The story follows the journey of retired salesman Harold Fry as he sets out to walk across England to visit a former colleague who is dying of cancer. Throughout his journey, Harold reflects on his past and learns to come to terms with his regrets, finding redemption and a newfound sense of purpose along the way.
Joyce’s writing style is both simple and beautiful, drawing the reader into the story and making them feel as if they are walking alongside Harold on his journey. The character development of Harold is both moving and inspiring, as he transforms from a man with a mundane life to one who is filled with hope and renewal.
One of the most striking aspects of this novel is the way in which it explores the themes of loneliness, regret, and redemption. Joyce delves into the complexities of the human psyche, showcasing the power of forgiveness and the transformative nature of self-reflection.
Overall, The Unlikely Pilgrimage of Harold Fry is a must-read for anyone looking for a feel-good, uplifting story. With its engaging characters and thought-provoking themes, this novel is sure to leave a lasting impression on all who read it.
This book is the first part of a beautiful trilogy, each exploring a different character in the story.
News has just been announced that Harrold Fry is being made into a film, with Jim Broadbent perfectly cast as Harrold. But, my advice, read the book first.