Friday, July 26, 2013

The Unlikely Pilgrimage of Harold Fry

Late  yesterday afternoon I was browsing Kindle on my iPad and found that I had a sample of this book downloaded.   I read it.  Minutes later, I was buying the book.  After that, I only stopped reading to have supper.

Harold Fry is an ordinary man who's become so self-effacing as to practically disappear.  He's been retired for 6 months when he receives a letter from a woman he worked with many years ago.  A woman who did him a great service.  She wants him to know she is dying of cancer.  Harold replies with a short, polite note and leaves the house to mail it... and doesn't come back for 3 months.

When I finished the book at 1 am this morning, I turned off my iPad with the deep satisfaction of having enjoyed a really good story, an edifying story, a well-written story.  While reading I learned a lot, was totally captivated, vibrating in phase with Harold, feeling what he felt and thinking: "Yes! that is how I feel too sometimes! You are so right!"

What a totally mesmerizing, delightful, delicious and noble book! Please pick it up and read it! If it does for you what it did for me... This is a timely book for those of us who may be wondering - Now what?  It's never too late to rediscover/redefine/reignite yourself. Come on, get up,  and enjoy this walk with Harold!

For obvious reasons, I give this book 4.5/5 

Re-energized Stella

P.S. D., this would make a great itinerary for a trip to England!


labergerebasque said...

I kept going back and forth about ordering this book. I will definitely go forth having read your review. :)

May I recommend “The Silent Wife” and "The Interestings” "Saving Cee Cee Huneycutt” “Tell The Wolves I’m Home” AND “LOTS of Candles, Plenty of Cake" ?

Stella said...

Merci Bergère, more books on my bookshelf in Provence to read during my first fall...