I loved the purity and spare beauty of this tale. Harold Fry has never done the unexpected, having spent the last 65 years living a quiet, sheltered life. Retired for the last six months Harold shaves each morning and puts on a tie only to sit in the same chair with nowhere to go as his wife Maureen silently cleans. One day he recieves a letter from an woman from his past who informs him she is dying. Harold pens his reply but feels it is inadequate and attempts to walk across England to visit her. (From Plymouth to the Scottish boarder.) It's only when he begins going out of his comfort zone by talking to others along the way that he soon discovers the sad and beautiful truth that he is not alone and there are many people just like him that are struggling to put one foot in front of the other. He no longer saw distance in terms of miles but measured it with his remembering. It suggest that new beginnings can always be found and it is never too late to do something extraordinary!
There are a lot of hardships on Harold’s journey which often cast doubt on his new sense of purpose. Part of the narrative also deals with Maureen’s (his wife) reaction to Harold’s mission, and the weight of her past treatment towards Harold.
- Paperback: 384 pages
- Publisher: BLACK SWAN; 1 edition (2 January 2013)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0552778095
- ISBN-13: 978-0552778091
- Product Dimensions: 12.7 x 2.3 x 19.8 cm
- Boxed-product Weight: 259 g
- Average Customer Review: 59 customer reviews
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 85,079 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)