The Unlikely Pilgrimage of Harold Fry

I read this book as part of our book club. This book tells the story of Harold Fry, who is walking from Devon to Yorkshire to visit his sick friend. Harold has never done anything out of the ordinary. His life is very predicatbale, but one morning he receives a letter from Queenie Hennessy, an old friend and work colleague, telling him that she has cancer. He writes a letter in return and sets of for the post box, but he keeps on walking and walking and walking.

The book is about marriage and friendship, family and life in general. What I like about the book is that the author describes the landscape he is walking through very vividly and mixes what Harold sees with reflections about his past and then brings it back to the present moment. I am a Coleridge scholar and the way this book is written reminds me very much of that style. Other people have compared the style to Thomas Hardy, who used a very similar way of incooperating the landscape and nature in his novels. I highly recommend this book.

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