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An interesting journey,
This review is from: The Unlikely Pilgrimage Of Harold Fry (Hardcover)
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One of the oldest kinds of story is 'the journey' - the road trip - the odyssey. Most try hard to be epic in some sense, looking for superlatives of ardour, distance or grand purpose. What makes Harold Fry's pilgrimage a worthwhile one therefore is its humble and naïve intent that gives Rachel Joyce ample space to explore characters and the emotions that they experience.
The bare bones of the story wouldn't fill more than a couple of pages, but Joyce has given life to her characters both in their past and present circumstances, making this book a lot more substantial. That said it comes as no surprise that she has honed her skills for the medium of Radio 4 afternoon plays as you could assume that she is writing for much the same cross-section of the population. There are some more 'sensitive' passages and the occasional profanity but you basically get the feeling that this is a book for the middle ground and unashamedly so.
Joyce's style is highly readable and it didn't take long to finish. She builds her characters in layers from the outside in as you gradually come to know their deeper thoughts, their joys and their sorrows. And it would be fair to say that I enjoyed the walk in Harold's shoes.
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Initial post: 3 Jul 2013 06:53:14 BDT
In reply to an earlier post on 10 Jul 2013 14:36:03 BDT
It means that you learn about their superficial nature before their deeper and more complex issues.
In reply to an earlier post on 10 Jul 2013 14:43:46 BDT
Thanks, as i suspected then - navel-gazing tosh
In reply to an earlier post on 10 Jul 2013 14:50:22 BDT
Are you male, or perhaps just superficial yourself......?
I am a Queen Bee.
In reply to an earlier post on 10 Jul 2013 23:14:58 BDT
That's exactly what I meant. Thanks Jan.
bomble bee ;)
In reply to an earlier post on 11 Jul 2013 07:19:37 BDT
Hmmm...I'm starting to think you're the author in disguise :-)
In reply to an earlier post on 30 Jul 2013 08:49:30 BDT
This is all very well, but do I buy the book or not?
In reply to an earlier post on 30 Jul 2013 17:03:20 BDT
Yes, go on, take the risk!!