sensitive, profound and beautifully written novel,
This review is from: The Unlikely Pilgrimage Of Harold Fry (Paperback)
Having seen Rachel Joyce at the recent Warwick Words Festival I bought two of her books: "Harold Fry" and her follow-up, "Perfect".
As I read Harold Fry I felt that I was walking with him along the road. In fact I identified with him so much I felt I should do something similar, just leave everything and walk 627 miles through England along the lanes and B roads, taking nothing with me! (it would of course be ideal to do it in springtime, as Harold does). The exploration of Harold's past and that of his wife Maureen and their lives so far, through their memories and sorrows and regrets, is very delicate and sensitive, and deeply moving. In addition, Rachel Joyce's observations of the English countryside are exquisite; and her reflections upon life through the people Harold meets have great wisdom in them.
My only complaint may be the shocks delivered at the end - well,two shocks, really, butI won't reveal them and be guilty of plot-spoilers.
This is a sensitive, profound and beautifully written novel. I shall now start reading Rachel Joyce's next novel "Perfect".