The Unlikely Pilgrimage of Harold Fry by Rachel Joyce
My rating: 3 of 5 stars
I fear I am heartless.
Some people I respect as readers give this book five stars and I just can't.
Basically, it is about a man taking a walk. Beginning, middle, end. He gets bad news about an old friend and just starts walking, wearing the wrong kind of shoes and without telling bringing his 'mobile.'
Most of the book is about regret and finding his way back to what matters. So, I get that, but it didn't poke through my tough exterior, I guess. You have my permission to call me heartless.
I listened to the audio, which may be partly to blame for the plodding pace to the book. Still, Jim Broadbent was a great reader. I shall have to try to find him reading something else!
This book was on the longlist for the Booker, but didn't make the shortlist. One book that did is also about a walk, but has far more complexity and emotional range. I'd recommend it entirely. (The Lighthouse)
I'm noticing that lately, books about humdrummity are really getting to me. I need some profundity and depth, or lacking that, some interesting characters with interesting lives.
Some of Harold's observations:
"Life was very different when you walked through it."
"Life is made up of people putting one foot in front of the other."
"Nobody's frightening, if you stop and listen."