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The Unlikely Pilgrimage Of Harold Fry (original 2012; edição 2013)

por Rachel Joyce (Autor)

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Harold Fry is convinced that he must deliver a letter to an old love in order to save her, meeting various characters along the way and reminiscing about the events of his past and people he has known, as he tries to find peace and acceptance.
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Título:The Unlikely Pilgrimage Of Harold Fry
Autores:Rachel Joyce (Autor)
Informação:Black Swan (2013), 384 pages
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Avaliação:****
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A touching story about how one man’s journey to the sickbed of a friend he'd not seen in twenty years led to a better understanding of himself and those around him. The stories of the people he met along the way and the ones who travelled with him for a while, gave this a Canterbury Tales kind of vibe because of how his pilgrimage brought them together from different walks of life. Near the end it did get a little too maudlin for me and the revelation about things that were hinted at throughout the book felt abrupt. But despite those minor complaints I still found this to be thought provoking in what it had to say about leaving regret behind and looking forward to the future. ( )
  wandaly | Sep 30, 2021 |
hearing that a friend is dying of cancer sends Harold on walk the length of England, learning of himself and his marriage along the way
  ritaer | Aug 28, 2021 |
Read in 2021 for f2f book club, August. This is a debut novel by Rachel Joyce (2012) and tells the story of a 65 y/o, retired man who suddenly decides to walk 627 to save a former coworker who is in hospice dying of cancer. As Harold walks he begins reflecting and reviewing his life. I think walking does encourage thinking so it makes sense and it works well as a device to slowly revealing all that is behind Harold's decision to walk. I generally like stories of grief and dying. I also have always liked the idea of walking and it seems walking is much more acceptable activity in England than it is here in the US. The negatives for me was the fact that it reminded me of the The Elegant Gathering of White Snow, especially when the crowd started to form and walk with Harold. The walk, pilgrimage is to transformation with psychological and religious implications. This book did make the long list for the booker man prize. ( )
  Kristelh | Aug 17, 2021 |
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  wordloversf | Aug 14, 2021 |
First things first, The Unlikely Pilgrimage of Harold Fry by Rachel Joyce was a delightful surprise.

This is one of those instances where the cover perfectly captures the essence of the story. (Trust me when I say that I appreciate this cover design for its brilliance even more now that I've read the book.) The reader follows Harold Fry, recently retired from the local brewery, who receives news that a friend from his past (as in distant past) is dying from cancer. So naturally he decides to mail her a letter but then he passes by the mailbox...and the next one...and the next one...until suddenly he's on a journey across the length of England firm in his belief that she will stay alive until he gets there. On his journey (or pilgrimage as it comes to be known) he examines moments from his past that he had repressed (his tumultuous home life, distant relationship with his son, and his strained marriage to name a few) while also discovering his inner strength and fortitude. It's a beautiful (and at times tragic) story about love, loss, and faith. If you enjoy reflective tales with lots of descriptive prose then this book is a great way to spend a lazy afternoon or maybe take on a trip. ;-) 9/10 ( )
  AliceaP | Aug 7, 2021 |
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That marvelous note of absurdity tempers the pain that runs beneath this whole novel. Joyce has no interest in mocking Harold; she just describes his quixotic trek in a gentle, matter-of-fact voice, mile after mile. At 65, he’s never walked farther than his own driveway. He has no map, cellphone or change of clothes, and his thin yachting shoes couldn’t be less appropriate for such a journey across England. “Harold would have been the first to admit that there were elements to his plan that were not finely tuned,” Joyce writes. But when the idea of saving Queenie blooms in the fallow soil of his mind, he can’t be stopped. “I will keep walking,” he declares, “and she must keep living.”
adicionada por danielx | editarWashington Post, Ron Charles (Jul 6, 2014)
 
Very rarely, you come upon a novel that feels less like a book than a poignant passage of your own life, and the protagonist like an acquaintance who has gently corrected your path. Never mind that the protagonist possesses all the realism of a painted clown and his tale the moral fibre of a fable.

Rachel Joyce’s The Unlikely Pilgrimage of Harold Fry starts off in just this way. A rumpled retiree determines to walk 500 miles, believing his hope-filled steps will keep his dying friend alive. The premise seems quaint and predictable, but morphs gracefully into a smart, subtle, funny, painful, weirdly personal novel.
 
The unlikely but lovable hero of Rachel Joyce's remarkable debut novel, The Unlikely Pilgrimage of Harold Fry, doesn't call his walk a pilgrimage. He never even calls it a hike, which would suggest planning, a map and hiking boots, all of which Harold lacks....Pilgrimage, one of the 12 novels just long-listed for the Man Booker Prize, Britain's top literary award, is a gentle adventure with an emotional wallop. It's a smart, feel-good story that doesn't feel forced.
adicionada por vancouverdeb | editarUSA Today
 
“The Unlikely Pilgrimage of Harold Fry” is not just a book about lost love. It is about all the wonderful everyday things Harold discovers through the mere process of putting one foot in front of the other. “The world was made up of people putting one foot in front of the other,” ........The Unlikely Pilgrimage of Harold Fry” takes its opening epigraph from John Bunyan’s “Pilgrim’s Progress.” It takes the stirring spirituality of its ending from Bunyan too. In between Ms. Joyce’s book loosely parallels “The Pilgrim’s Progress” at times, but it is very much a story of present-day courage. She writes about how easily a mousy, domesticated man can get lost and how joyously he can be refound.
 
Joyce slowly reveals what he has to walk away from, and there are some surprises. His progress is measured in memories as well as miles; memories of parents who didn’t want him, and of the early days of his marriage and his only son David’s childhood. There are a few lapses in the story—events and characters that come along at convenient moments—but Joyce captures Harold’s emotions with a tidiness of words that is at times thrilling. It’s a trip worth taking.
 

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Who would true valour see,
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One here will constant be
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For Paul, who walks with me, and for my father,
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The letter that would change everything arrived on a Tuesday.
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He fell silent, and so did Martina. He felt safe with what he had confided. It had been the same with Queenie. You can say things in the car and know she had tucked them somewhere safe among her thoughts, and that she would not judge him for them, or hold it against him in years to come. He supposed that was what friendship was, and regretted all the years he had spent without it.
He had learned it was the smallness of people that filled him with wonder and tenderness, and the loneliness of that too. The world was made up of people putting one foot in front of the other; and a life might appear ordinary simply because the person living it had been doing so for a long time. Harold could no longer pass a stranger without acknowledging the truth that everyone was the same, and also unique; and that this was the dilemma of being human.
He watched the squares of buttery light inside the houses, and people going about their business. He thought of how they would settle in their beds and try to sleep through their dreams. It struck him again how much he cared, and how relieved he was that they were somehow safe and warm, while he was free to keep walking. After all, it had always been this way; that he was a little apart.
If he kept looking at the things that were bigger than himself, he knew he would make it to Berwick.
You could think you were starting something afresh, when actually what you were doing was carrying on as before. He had faced his shortcomings and overcome them, and so the real business of walking was happening only now.
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