Book Review – The Unlikely Pilgrimage of Harold Fry

The Unlikely Pilgrimage of Harold Fry is a charming and captivating book, which took me by surprise. It is the story of a man called Harold Fry who leaves home one morning to post a letter to a friend he hasn’t seen in a long time and is dying. He decides to walk to her instead, hence the pilgrimage begins. The journey Harold Fry takes is not merely physical it is also psychological and in some ways spiritual, although Harold himself does not consider himself as a man of faith it is faith that drives him on the journey to Queenie before she dies. He also has faith in humanity. This becomes evident as he meets a variety of characters along the way that move him and change him a little as he travels from one end of the country to the other. The journey is also a psychological one as Harold is confronted with his past. The memories of his mother abandoning him as a child and his failed relationship with his son David and the problems that he faces in his marriage with his wife Maureen. Harold himself is a humble and gentle man and the reader is moved to follow him and his journey across the country. It is one of those books that has you laughing one minute and moved to tears the next and I thoroughly enjoyed it and would recommend it as a summer read.

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