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In that moment, Harold, who's spent most of his life doing only the ordinary and comfortable at all, realizes what he must do. He's going to walking to his friend's sickbed. He knows it's not reasonable but he's convinced that as long as he keeps walking toward her, his friend will stay alive. He telephones the hospice, tells Queenie's nurse to take her a message: "Tell her Harold Fry is on his way. All she has to do is wait. . . . I am going to save her, you see. I will keep walking and she must keep living. Will you say that? . . . Tell her this time I won't let her down.Read more ›
Harold Fry lives invisibly and conventionally. His wife, Maureen, has become like her taste in toast: "cold and crisp". One day a letter arrives for Harold that changes their lives. The letter causes him to do something irrational and unpredictable. But as a waitress sympathetically told him in my favorite line of the book, "If we don't go mad once in a while, there's no hope." (That sounds so oddly rational that I have been contemplating what "mad" thing to do to increase the hope quotient. This may be a subversive book.)
Howard takes off on foot on a pilgrimage to see the writer of this letter. As a kind of modern CANTERBURY TALES, Howard meets many eccentric and colorful characters who cause him to see life in a new way. The pleasure of this book for me was rejoicing in Harold's transformation and the new life and self he is beginning to create. "He understood that in walking to atone for the mistakes he had made, it was also his journey to accept the strangeness of others." Meanwhile his wife, Maureen, is simultaneously changing at home: "She had given herself a challenge: every day without him, she would attempt one new thing." This book chronicles the changes these two characters undergo during Harold's pilgrimage which oddly brings them closer.
The other huge pleasure of this book is the author's original and vibrant writing. Some choice examples:
* "His shirt, tie, and trousers were folded small as an apology on a faded blue velvet chair.Read more ›
Henry David Thoreau observed, "The mass of men live lives of quiet desperation," and I could not help but recall this quotation as I began Rachel Joyce's lovely debut novel. As the novel begins, Harold is merely existing. The reader is not given many details, but it is clear that Harold's marriage to Maureen is an empty shell, and that there are problems in his relationship with his adult son, David. Then Harold gets a farewell letter of sorts from a friend, Queenie Hennessy, and his carefully orchestrated charade of a life begins to come apart. Queenie had "done something nice" for Harold twenty years previous, and he always regretted not thanking her. Whatever this is is shrouded in mystery, and many readers will suspect a long-past affair. All these questions are a bit disconcerting, but if the reader is patient, all will be resolved.
Harold writes a "pro forma" response to Queenie's note, but as he goes out to mail it, something prevents him from putting it in the first mailbox he comes to. He passes postbox after postbox, and eventually makes an impulsive decision to walk from his hometown to Queenie's hospice, about 600 miles. Thus begins his transformation from a kind of living death to fullness of life.
Readers who are familiar with Joseph Campbell's "The Hero's Journey" will immediately recognize the motif: the hero leaves the world he knows to embark on a quest.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Harold & his wife Maureen are living emotionless, parallel lives. One day, Harold receives a letter from an old friend, QUEENIE, who is dying of cancer in a hospice home. Read morePublished 17 hours ago by C. H. Crandall
This is a charming, moving novel celebrating the trek of a man who lifts himself out of a depression and becomes wonderfully open to nature and to his fellow human beings. Read morePublished 1 day ago by algo41
Wonderful tale of finding your inner strength and finding love through redemption. You will find yourself cheering for Harold until the very last word.Published 1 day ago by CMack
When I started this book I didn't know what to expect.....would it live up to the reviews? It most surely did and I loved every page. I was rooting for Harold all the way. Read morePublished 1 day ago by Linda Fitzgerald
An uniquely written story with a message for all; I wept towards the end of the book.Published 2 days ago by Gail Champagne
Great book. Almost new.
Wonderful novel. Also good for young people. Thinking about ur future, would u like to live in regret when u r old?
A Sweet beautiful story, great summer read. Short in length, a great afternoon read. Makes you want to follow his journey.Published 5 days ago by Karolina B
I loved it. In the course of his physical journey Harold makes an equally arduous and transforming emotional journey. I have given several copies of this book to friends.Published 6 days ago by Amazon Customer
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