Author: Rachel Joyce
Length: 288 pages
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So it has taken me literally three weeks to write this review. Not for lack of trying!! I have had the dreaded writer's block (or is it reader's block?). Anyhoo, I just haven't been able to form one kinda clear opinion on this book, and its affected all of my other blogging efforts!! So, here are my incoherent views of this book.
The Unlikely Pilgrimage of Harold Fry is all about Harold Fry, a retired man who lives in Kingsbridge, Devon, and how he decides to personally deliver a letter to his friend dying from cancer rather than post it to her. The book follows Harold as he travels across the country and meets new people, and follows how it changes him, causing him to reflect on the path his life has taken.
I really like the story of the people that Harold meets. Like the man who likes trainers. I was like "WTF!!". There are moments where the people that Harold meets totally catch you off guard, and some where the people, and their behaviour are totally predictable. I do think its a sad reflection of my own mindset that I found the people that used Harold for their own means to be the predictable characters, and I found that the section of the book where these people were there to be my least favourite part.
Its not the the normal kind of book that I read, (it is decidedly poignant, reflective, subtle, lacking in throbbing cocks), but I really enjoyed this book, much more so than I expected to. 8.5.