Greetings fleshlings! This is a “read-it-if….” I’ve been wanting to post for a while, but has been shoved aside for more recent reads. But no longer! The Unlikely Pilgrimage of Harold Fry by Rachel Joyce became an instant favourite and must-own tome as soon as I read it….although admittedly, I don’t actually own it yet. I’m hoping a Christmas miracle might occur in a few day’s time and the secret wish of a silent, sentient gargoyle to own such a tome might be granted.
I must admit I am a sucker for a quaint, charming story set in the English (or Welsh, or Scottish) countryside so I was pre-disposed to like this one, but the tale of OAP Harold Fry (that’s Old Age Pensioner for those in the know) and his spontaneous quest to walk miles and miles to deliver a letter to a dying woman and rekindle a deep and significant friendship imprinted itself on my stony heart just a few pages in. I am not ashamed to admit that, had I tear-ducts, I would have shed a drop of water or two at the events in this tale.
Read it if:
* you are a sucker for quaint, charming tales of the English countryside
* you enjoy (and understand) dry British wit
* you have ever felt an inexplicable urge to spontaneously set out on a personal Quest-with-a-capital-Q, despite having done no planning, being woefully underprepared in the footwear department, and having neglected to inform your spouse or significant other where on earth you’ve got to
* you have ever felt an inexplicable urge to join in somebody else’s Quest-with-a-capital-Q, despite etc etc
* you need a bit of encouragement…or just some good, old-fashioned courage….to do what’s important
A month or so ago I came across this fantastic news story about Britain’s “Naked Rambler” . It reminded me of Harold Fry and his adventures (although I can’t recall any specific mention of nude hiking in the book!) simply due to the persistence of old nudey no-pants to keep walking despite numerous prison sentences…
But I digress…..truly, I loved this book and highly recommend it.
Until next time,