The Unlikely Pilgrimage of Harold Fry - Rachel Joyce, Jim Broadbent

Harold Fry, recently retired, receive a letter from a former colleague and friend who's now in a hospice dying from cancer. While he at first only plans to post a card with his support, he ends up walking all across England to visit her. Like a modern pilgrimage.


This was one of these books that kept staring at me every time I entered a book store. The story had always seemed interesting but somehow, in the end, I never bought the book. Until last summer. And I'm glad I did.


In general it was a nice story about an old man trying to find out what his worth in life is. His pilgrimage is more than just a walk, he is finding out who he is and trying to deal with some problems that have been bothering him for a very long time. While beautiful most of the time, there were a few points that it was a bit too much, too preachy for me. Like for example when he decides that he doesn't need anything any more and continues without food and money. However, overall I really liked the book. It was a nice read.