If you like character-driven stories that slowing chip away the outer shell of a person and reveal the soft inner core this is a story you will enjoy. No astounding action, no breath-taking plot. A simple walk undertaken by a simple man for a simple reason. And all the pieces carefully woven together to form the story of Harold Fry and his little family.
This is the kind of story that has your mind wandering back to it and rethinking it for weeks after. I didn't quite buy the ending, maybe a little too trite for this otherwise unique piece of writing. I'll look forward to more Rachel Joyce books in the future.
Harold, of course, everyone else was adjunct to him.
I liked the scene where the doctor is caring for Harold's feet. So much gentle humanity and from a character not likely to show this side to just anyone.
The reconciliation of Harold Fry, although I think Pilgrimage is a better choice.
I sincerely enjoyed this, the struggles to do this ridiculous thing, walk 500 miles to be at the deathbed of Queenie....it's extraordinary and mundane all at the same time. Well done story that slowly peels away the years of pain and suffering covering the Fry family's wounds to show the painful truths and enduring love inside each of them.
Yes, that could be true, because the narrator makes you feel like you are on the road with the main character
Harold Fry is a recent retiree in England. He lives with his wife Maureen in a marriage and life that seem empty. This novel revolves around Harold's impulsive decision to walk across England to visit an old friend who lies dying. Harold's walk wakes up a part of him that has been dormant for much of his life. His wife Maureen struggles with his decision to leave. The novel moves between Harold's stories on the road, and his and Maureen's attempt to face their past which contains much sadness. There are great moments and great characters in this novel of a true modern pilgrimage. While this was not a "page-turner," it did capture a world that I wanted to stay in. This moving novel stayed with me long after I was done. The reader was perfect for this story.
As Harold Fly journeys toward Queenie, he engages in past times that are alien to him, but like well worn shirts to the listener. Harold meets new people and begins to find the good that can be found in most everyone; he remembers picture albums of past events and cringes, cries and/or conceals. I loved this book. I loved Maureen and her marriage to Harold. I loved the angst they both lived through. I loved the end of the tunnel, by the beach, holding hands.
That in the end, love conquers all.
I liked Jim Broadbent's accent and his use of the English language to subtly paint the ideas in the story.
Charming, engrossing, life-like characters
No spoilers! Read it. The whole book is memorable.
I had not listened to Jim Broadent before but now I can't wait to see him in the film version of "Cloud Atlas." He was terrific!
Harold, obviously. So real, so British, so tragic and yet hopeful.
I don't feel as if I will ever forget Harold and Maureen and David and Queenie. They are part of me now.
I really liked the fact that Harold learned so much from doing something so simple for someone else.
Harold was my favorite character because he continually surprised himself during his entire journey but yet he never stopped looking at himself. He wanted to stop and it was painful but he would unconciously reach out to someone to keep him going.
I believe his accent and just that British way of sounding like nothing is shocking even when it the most outragous thing that could happen.
I think that was a great title.
I started to listen and thought I would be bored to tears but found a "diamond in the rough."
Thoughtful and heatrbreaking with true moments of joy. Well done Rachel Joyce. Beautiful story writing. Perfect character development. I fell in love with all of these people and didn't want it to end. I may have to start my own pilgrimage!
Yes. Without redundancy the author leads the reader on a journey of everyday commonalities through the honest eyes of a realistically normal guy. By illustrating perseverance the author succeeded in inspiring the reader. It just felt good to hear a feel-good story. Additionally, the narrator is about as easy to listen to as it gets.
Harold finally revealing the status of his son. And, Maureen realizing Harold's true involvement as a father.
First experience. Stellar performance.
This book will be at the top of my list of the best books I've ever read (listened to). The writing was lyrical and evocative and Jim Broadbent's narration was perfect. Since my husband and I are basically the same age as the main characters in the novel and our marriage about as long (but luckily without the silence and tragedy) I found so many parts to be particularly poignant.