Books, Fiction

The Unlikely Pilgrimage Of Harold Fry by Rachel Joyce Review

Beginnings could happen more than once or in different ways. You could think you were starting something afresh, when actually what you were doing was carrying on as before.”

Excerpt from:
The Unlikely Pilgrimage of Harold Fry
by Rachel Joyce
Synopsis from Goodreads:

The Unlikely Pilgrimage of Harold Fry tells about the story of an old man named Harold who received a letter from his old friend, way back when he was working. In the letter, he was told that his friend, Queenie, has been suffering from cancer. He was about to answer the letter but he met a girl who told her about faith and cancer so he decided to go and see Queenie to the hospital by means of walking. Without anything with him, including his mobile, he started to walk miles from his home without telling his wife. He started to have faith that maybe he can save Queenie from cancer if he will reach her by walking. Upon his journey to Berwick-upon-Tweed, he encountered different types of events and people who helped him all throughout his adventure as a pilgrim. Throughout his journey, he remembered all the things happened to him and his family. He began to question himself if he ever did something wrong to his family that’s why they ended the way they were before the letter came.

The author, Rachel Joyce, wrote the novel in dedication to her father with cancer. Since she was a child, she was writing novels and Harold Fry became one of the main characters who captured her heart. In this novel, she did everything just to let the readers feel the longingness and the greatest love she had with her father.

The majority of the time, I opted to visit the bookshop rather than go shopping since it put me at peace. My heart truly does flutter whenever I see books. Possible genres include fiction, thrillers, romance, mysteries, and suspense. You name it, and I’ll read it. So I came across Rachel Joyce’s book and became intrigued. I don’t know if it was the cover or the summary that caught my attention, but it certainly did.

After finishing the book, I felt really devastated. That incident involving him, his son, and his wife caught me off guard, and it truly made my heart shudder. It had a significant impression on me and seemed plausible in terms of real-life occurrences. The argument he had with his wife was reasonable since, at first glance, it may seem like they were just fighting over little issues, but as you continue reading, you will realize just how intense their suffering and loneliness were. As a child and a parent, Harold Fry’s entire self was consumed with longing. He struggled to let go and go on because of this.

You will learn about faith in this book. That simply believing may be enough to save a life. You may also recognize that we may encounter people along the way who will either assist us, give us courage, or abandon us if things become tough. Regardless of what occurs, we must continue living and may even have to travel alone to reach our destination. Actually, after the first three chapters, I became bored and considered switching books to read, but then I put all of my patience into practice, and as a result, I received a good story.

This book contains a complex narrative that the readers must uncover in addition to the story of Harold Fry’s journey to save his companion Queenie. I was saddened for him, and it left a void in my heart.

I will unquestionably suggest it to everyone, not only the bookworms but also those who wish to start reading. This is a book I will remember and cherish for a long time.

My Overall Rating

Rating: 4.5 out of 5.

I’ve highlighted a few quotations from this book along with my thoughts, which I’ll include below. Let us know what you think in the comments section. 😊😊😊

If we can’t accept what we don’t know, there really is no hope.”

We are not flawless as individuals. Even though we have a lot of experience, there are certain things in life that we are unaware of. For me, a clever person recognizes when he or she can admit to not knowing something.

It was not a life, if lived without love.”

This sentence holds true for me since we cannot exist without love. Love is the core of everything, and life is that.

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