This book finally grabbed me (for a bit) after about the mid-way point but was hard to get through. The story was intriguing, but much like the character, Harold Fry, it just seemed to plod along without alot of enthusiasm. I got through it, and it was a charming story in the end, but I can't really recommend it.
Yes, this book is a cozy, thoughtful book. It entertains but also brings up points to ponder...a very perceptive author.
Harold was my favourite character because he came out of himself and displayed courage and compassion. He is a role model for people who find themselves in a rut.
If you could step out of your day to day existence and rediscover yourself.....
This is a delightful story, the narrator is superb in slipping into different characters and has all the elements of a British read. The pace is soothing but not slow. A "sit back and enjoy with tea" book.
Started devouring books at age 7 and haven't stopped since... Now I can read while I drive, do dishes, clean the house, or work in garden!
This was an amazing book. The descriptions of Harold's interactions with people along the way are by turns laugh-out-loud funny, tender, insightful, and painfully sad.
A heart-wrenching and yet joyful story of a family that lost its way and then found it again,
No, the beginning of the book is just too boring.
Harold was writing to the girl in the garage and we discovered his son had died.
I almost turned this book off but I'm so glad I didn't. The last half of the book was great, totally unexpected.
The focus on problems fthat we take for granted
The hope that he could make things change
the pace of the pilgrimage,
Story too long,
yes - after a time. i'm sure that there is a lot that i missed. Am i the only "reader" that "tunes out" sometimes?
Harold's pilgramage process. I liked the way that both he and his wife remembered times past and reconsidered the possibilities that their memories were not the "only truth"
loved his British accent.
I';ve recommended this book to many friends.
If not for Jim Broadbent I would not have finished this book. His narration was excellent. The story, I felt, just went on and on and on. Revelations were withheld until I didn't care anymore. The story was never terribly realistic, but that was OK, it was kind of a fairytale. But after a certain point it became just silly.
There were some funny moments. Still, not recommended by me.
This is a lovely, low key story that moves forward at the pace of a sixty-five year old pilgrim. The back story that caused Harold to start his walk unfolds slowly along the way in a manner that kept me wanting to learn more and that deepened my respect for and admiration of the characters. A very nice book that is well read.
Harold is an unlikely athlete, and his journey requires that he be one. Harold starts his journey as a non-descript lonely man not living life but surviving life. His journey to awareness comes gradually and gently. There is a central part of the story along the lines of Forrest Gump where the story seems to lose its way, but it gets back on track. As Harold's story unfolds, the listener is priviledged to journey with him. A lovely listen!
Harold's gradual realizations that his previous view of the world was so limited.
Harold of course.
towards the end the twist in the story.
How his pilgrimage changed his wife.
when the wife started to brighten up the house, also when she said you have to finish.
I think the woman that took him in and fixed his feet, i wanted him to write her or hear more of her continuing story.
Just keep at it... well worth finishing. I miss Harold now!