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Avatar for Emily Lloyd Emily Lloyd said:
A lovely book, concerned with regret and the way our lives can drift away from us and turn out so very, very differently than our basically-well-intentioned hearts had hoped. One morning, retired and married Harold Fry receives a note from a woman he knew decades ago, indicating that she is in hospice and saying farewell. He knows no reply will be adequate, but jots a brief, meaningless one down anyway, and walks to the mail box to send it--but then, not quite knowing why, doesn’t send it. He just keeps walking, thinking he’ll mail it at the next mailbox, and instead, on a whim that feels right, decides to walk to the hospice itself, 600 miles away. Reviews have called this premise "twee". Well, okay, but the book didn’t feel cute to me. I loved the first half (the latter less so, but still liked it), and the novel contained the most indelible empty-clothes scene since Gatsby’s shirts. This book would be neat paired with Cheryl Strayed’s "Wild" in a book club--I got drawn in to the rhythm of walking when I read each of them, each time feeling like I wanted to remain on the trail.
posted Nov 3, 2012 at 12:41PM
Avatar for Laura P. Laura P. said:
What starts out as a spur of the moment decision to walk from one end of England to the other to visit a dying friend becomes a journey of redemption for Harold Fry. Newly retired, Harold gets a letter that a former co-worker to whom he owes a debt of gratitude is dying. She writes to say goodbye so he decides to walk to see her, hoping that as long as he’s walking she will live. Meanwhile his estranged wife begins an emotional journey of her own while never leaving home. Much is revealed in flashbacks throughout the book giving insight to the problems in the marriage. Both Harold and Maureen are changed by their respective journeys. I didn’t find this too sentimental or maybe I’m just sentimental but I loved this book.
posted Aug 5, 2013 at 1:04PM
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