A touching story about a long marriage that speaks to all marriages at one time or another. Worth a listen. A great first book.
This is a lovely book on many levels. Harold Fry is an ordinary man, with an ordinary life. Hardly interesting, hardly worthy of a second glance. Then one day he embarks on a journey to see an old friend, and in the process he embarks on a journey that helps him begin to find himself again. We all have complex histories, moments of triumph, moments of extreme pain and sorrow. We are none of us as we appear on the surface. Sometimes we hide behind the ordinary things in life because remembering who we are, and the losses we have experienced is just too painful. However, it is also a story about how human spirit and love can triumph over adversity. This is a lovely story, and a reminder that there is more to every one than meets the eye, and that love, compassion and small acts of kindness can make all the difference. Beautiful.
I enjoyed this precisely because it did not take the tried and true path of mid-life crises. I became more and more understanding of Harold and what makes him tick as the book progressed. The turns of thought between the characters were surprising yet always believable, as, with most of life, once you understand the "stories behind the stories" you become accepting and compassionate for many of life's characters. One of my favorite lines from the book was a reference to meeting a man with no front teeth and quite simply misjudging him because of this. No further comment needed, and no further comment offered, as clearly we all "get" the reality of not only the comment but the irrational foundation for judgment. You will enjoy seeing life through Harold Fry's eyes.
Yes. Although there is no "action" per se, the idea of the dedication to his task, in the face of physical problems, makes it worth reading, (as a filler). I was highly disappointed however-several chapters in-to suddenly be assaulted by profanity and abundant use of the "F" word, in the extreme! I wish there was a rating so that I could make my purchase/choice based upon such things. There are too many books out there to waste my time and money, on something that includes personal dislikes. Without the profanity, I would give this four stars.
While the story was well written and the narration very good, I find I actually hated it. The story was sad, and quite awful in places and it was a chore to finish it. I know I am a dissenting opinion and it appears most people enjoyed this book. I just can't recommend it.
This story is beautifully crafted and told. The characters are so real, I feel as if I know them personally and the story is utterly believable. It is a worthy study of the human character, flaws and all. I strongly recommend it.
Not quite a humor book, not quite a romance, not quite a mystery, but a little of all of that.
This story moved me beyond expectation. I was completely unprepared for how it snuck up on me. I wish I could write a review that would do it justice. Just go read it.
54 yrs, ,memb 12yrs,library -75%nonfic 10% fiction,15% classics. History, all sciences, bio, classics,diverse other interests.
I would be willing to bet that quite a few readers never finished Harold fry`s pilgrimage. This is a challenging read. Challenging in its unsparing deppresiveness. I've found there are a large segment of readers that dismiss books (and movies for that matter) that contain a depressing story line and some that are repelled by mere elements that are depressing in a story. On the one hand I can fully appreciate this sensitivity and respect it. On the other hand it is very unfortunate especially for those who cannot stand to read or watch a story that just has a depressing element. Most of the best lit and movies contain depressing elements which means those people miss out on a huge slice of art and in extrapolation-life.Too bad, so sad, but I do understand.
If you fit in the above description don't even enter the same room as this book because it's pretty relentless in its depresivnes. There certainly are times when I'm not up to such a book, For instance - In the last few years I've found it very, very difficult to look into anything regarding the holocaust , despite having read my fill in earlier years, I'm sure becoming a father of 2 has a lot to do with it. Becoming a parent changes your perspective and sensitivities on everything. When I think of reviewing this book I get the image of a bomb blast having just gone off- my ears are ringing and the smoke is just starting to clear. That's easy enough a vision to decipher. Its in this moment's reflection that I realize how deceivingly overwhelming The book really was and while I can see the main elements I feel the smoke has to clear, or my emotions need to settle down in order to really appraise this with any depth.
.That this book has had that much effect on me may be sufficient on one level to give it a qualified thumbs up. Though It's one thing for a story to be bittersweet and another to just be a bitter bummer with nothing to redeem it. I know this book has great and original insight and there are elements that are refreshingly honest and real but how those will taste after this acrid smoke clears and my ears stop ringing remains to be seen-no- its IF the smoke clears and my ears stop ringing. Will the depressive elements subside enough for me to extract and enjoy the pathos and bittersweet elements in this story? aha! thats the question in my mind.
The one thing I can say without giving any of the story away is that the author has written a book that took balls to write and get published. In our times of rehashed trash and formulaic fare this is a fairly rare entry and it is refreshing to know that such a challenging book will still get published AND be widely read. There are elements of this story I would love to talk about but that's not possible without giving things away. Its times like this that I wish I could give 2 reviews- In this case a review perhaps 6 months from now as well would be fit = once Ive emotionally and psychologically digested this very HEAVY fare. Narration- I cant imagine anyone else but Jim Broadbent narrating this book, he's a perfect match!
Compassionate, uplifting, meaningful.
I liked the way I felt reading the book. It gave me inspiration to be kind to strangers.