The Unlikely Pilgrimage of Harold Fry by Rachel Joyce

The Unlikely Pilgrimage of Harold Fry

By Rachel Joyce

  • Release Date: 2012-07-24
  • Genre: Fiction & Literature
Score: 4.5
From 233 Ratings
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Recently retired, sweet, emotionally numb Harold Fry is jolted out of his passivity by a letter from Queenie Hennessy, an old friend, who he hasn't heard from in twenty years. She has written to say she is in hospice and wanted to say goodbye. Leaving his tense, bitter wife Maureen to her chores, Harold intends a quick walk to the corner mailbox to post his reply but instead, inspired by a chance encounter, he becomes convinced he must deliver his message in person to Queenie--who is 600 miles away--because as long as he keeps walking, Harold believes that Queenie will not die. So without hiking boots, rain gear, map or cell phone, one of the most endearing characters in current fiction begins his unlikely pilgrimage across the English countryside. Along the way, strangers stir up memories--flashbacks, often painful, from when his marriage was filled with promise and then not, of his inadequacy as a father, and of his shortcomings as a husband. Ironically, his wife Maureen, shocked by her husband's sudden absence, begins to long for his presence. Is it possible for Harold and Maureen to bridge the distance between them? And will Queenie be alive to see Harold arrive at her door?


  • The Unlikely Journey of Harold Fry

    By Odonanmarg
    A great story. Very moving. It certainly had an effect on me.
  • The Unlikely Pilgrimage of Harold Fry

    By Molde F K
    Never has a little book moved me as much as this. So many life lessons and how we can forget who we are. It is the most moving love story of all. Everyone should read it.
  • Well written.

    By Guytonyca
    Well written and a sombre read. I often wonder why though some authors write about such sad events. But I guess someone has to make us think about doubts in our own life.
  • 5 big stars!!

    By clarfunkle35
    Beautiful story!! I really enjoyed this one!!
  • Pilgrimages

    By Bonananda
    This is a beautiful story, beautifully written and tugs at your heart the whole way through. The author masterfully addresses what all of us fear - growing old and having only lived an unremarkable life. The book illustrates in a haunting way how it feels to be human and the power of love. Loved every word!
  • A Journey

    By Tarka95
    What a fantastic book. It touches parts that are deep inside and took me on my own journey as well as taking me along with Harold. At the end I wept. So very well done.
  • A good read

    By Tall Namma
    A touching story of redemption and healing. It's been a long time since a story made me cry.
  • Simply wonderful

    By Paul Lymer
    Every so often a simple story comes along that captures your imagination and which you can relate to. No matter what stage of life you are at, regrets haunt you. This story tells the simple journey of a man relieving his life through a physical and emotional journey. His pilgrimage is both beautiful and sorrowful. Enjoy with a cuppa.
  • The Unlikely pilgrimage of Harold Fry

    By Gudrid
    This book deserves a high rating: however, either iBooks has a glitch or there is something wrong with the book transcribed for iBooks. Be forewarned. Many last pages of chapters, including the very last page of the book are missing while the second last page of those chapters has been duplicated. Too bad to continually loose the author's voice and thread of what is a sensitive and compassionate portrait of simple and good folk struggling with the complexity of living. I would love the last page of the book.