Book review

The Unlikely Pilgrimage of Harold Fry

The Unlikely Pilgrimage of Harold Fry (Harold Fry, #1)
Read date: July 2018

The Unlikely Pilgrimage of Harold Fry by Rachel Joyce
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

An extraordinarily moving, simple, book, written with soul-piercing clarity. Harold Fry is an everyman, recently retired from working for 45 years in a small brewery. He receives a letter from an old colleague, and sets off, journeying in the physical world by foot up through the backbone of England, while he simultaneously works his way through an accumulated lifetime’s worth of psychic pain. Each reflects back upon the other, in a multi-faceted gem that compelled me to keep reading. The prose is simple and powerful, while the poignancy and power and emotional turmoil meant that the small pile of tissues beside me grew ever larger over the last third of the book.

Honestly, I could count on the fingers of one hand the number of books I’ve read that moved me this much, that get so much power and charge into so few words. Astonishing. I cannot recommend it too highly.

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