So without hiking boots, rain gear, map or cell phone, one of the most endearing characters in current fiction begins his unlikely pilgrimage across the English countryside. Along the way, strangers stir up memories--flashbacks, often painful, from when his marriage was filled with promise and then not, of his inadequacy as a father, and of his shortcomings as a husband.
Ironically, his wife Maureen, shocked by her husband's sudden absence, begins to long for his presence. Is it possible for Harold and Maureen to bridge the distance between them? And will Queenie be alive to see Harold arrive at her door?
Rachel Joyce has written over 20 original afternoon plays for BBC Radio 4, and major adaptations for both the Classic Series, Woman's Hour and also a TV drama adaptation for BBC 2. In 2007 she won the Tinniswood Award for best radio play. She moved to writing after a twenty-year career in theatre and television, performing leading roles for the RSC, the Royal National Theatre, The Royal Court, and Cheek by Jowl, winning a Time Out Best Actress award and the Sony Silver.
I had this book on my nightstand for over a year and I am ashamed. There should be a club for people who leave brilliant books on their nightstand for that long and feel bad afterwards because they are so good and you should read them. If you have this book on your nightstand please read it now.
Harold is such a lovable character. I love his determination and his idea. I do feel he needed this for himself to feel worthy again. He is easy to connect to because his ideas are out in the open and simple to understand. I did feel a bit sorry for Maureen. Imagine having taken care for a man for years and all of a sudden he runs of to save another woman. There are some side characters that play important roles in decisions made. It is usually obvious from the moment they come into the story where they are going to take it or what they will mean.
The development in the story is done very nice. You get pulled into a story and at first I was wondering what exactly was going to happen but soon the story settles and developments start. I was pushing Harold trough the story he had to make it and I was engaged so deep that I got frustrated when other people got in the way.
De onwaarschijnlijke reis van Harold Fry
Author: Rachel Joyce
Original title: The Unlikely Pilgrimage of Harold Fry
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