What The Unlikely Pilgrimage of Harold Fry is about:
When Harold Fry leaves home one morning, with his wife hoovering upstairs, he has no idea that he is about to walk from one end of the country to the other. He has no hiking boots or maps, let alone a compass, waterproof or mobile phone. All he knows is that he must keep walking. To save someone else's life.
Harold Fry has left an indelible mark on my heart and I'm pretty sure I will carry his story with me for some time. This book caught me totally by surprise by the emotions Harold's journey created in me. I laughed with Harold, felt his pain from the blisters and muscle cramps, understood some of his loneliness, and eventually rejoiced with him as he embraced the solitude and simplicity of his pilgrimage. This story was much like a onion with so many layers and as I peeled away the chapters, the depth of the story increased. In the end I think I was as exhausted as Harold and when I read the last sentence, I had to find silence so that I could cry a bit and also reflect upon what Harold's travels meant to me.
Recommend? YES! This is a book that I will be keeping on my shelves because at some point I would like to take another trip with Harold. This book made me think about what it means to be human, the desire to be loved and accepted as a child, to be a wife or husband, mother, father, to learn how to forgive myself and others, and to be able to keep walking through the pain and grief that goes hand in hand with living.
GIVEAWAY:TLC is offering one copy of the wonderful book to a lucky person here in the U.S. only (Sorry to everyone else!!) If you would like to read about Harold's pilgrimage, please leave your email address with your comment. Open until 11:59 pm, July 24th.
Source: TLC and publisher
Genre: Literary Fiction
Published: July 24, 2012
Pages: 336 beautifully written
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