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The Unlikely Pilgrimage of Harold Fry

October 2013 book selection

The Unlikely Pilgrimage of Harold Fry

by Rachel Joyce

September 25, 2013 | Vicki Lorini

Greetings from Bloomsbury!  I am writing from the literary hub of London. I can almost hear the voice of Virginia Woolf as I wander toward the British Museum.  My Pilgimage is not getting the attention that Harold's did, but I am enjoying it, none the less.

Are you feeling the blisters on Harold's feet.  What do you actually think of his status as "fellow pilgrim"?  What does Harold really think of it?  Harold has had many epiphanies on his journey.  Is this really a trick by Rachel Joyce to keep the story moving or are they integral to Harold's personality.   Did you feel the book was well written or a little too syrupy?

One thing I will do while here is stop into some bookstores and see what the staff have to say about this book.  It would be interesting to hear how they feel their country was regarded in the book as it has been interesting to see places mentioned.  I made the journey from Durham to Hexam (a jumping off point for our walk of Hadrian's Wall), but I made the journey in a train, with my feet up!

Can't wait for our discussion on  October 8th at 6:30pm in the Community Room.  I should be over the jet lag by then and be able to lead us all on a merry chase.

As always thanks for reading and Cheerio! 

September 18, 2013 | Vicki Lorini

Harold Fry's life seem ordinary, but with his pilgrimage it becomes extraordinary. It is the journey? On a journey of any kind, do you see ordinary things as extraordinary?

Traveling, whether on a trip or a pilgrimage, it seems the things we see and do every day at home, take on a new sparkle. Today, I am leaving Canterbury England, the sigh of another realtively famous pilgrimage, and things here certaily have sparkle! Where is Harold in his middle age, and I am here in the middle ages...Happy to share a pilgrimage with you all.

Don't forget to sign up to join us Tuesday, October 8th in the Community Room for our face-to-face discussion!

Hope you are enjoying the book! I look forward to hearing what you think.

As always, thanks for reading.

September 11, 2013 | Vicki Lorini

The Unlikely Pilgrimage of Harold Fry is a story of a journey, both physical and mental, for a recently retired gentleman living a life of quietude in the south of England.  One day in the mail, Harold receives a note from a woman, Queenie Hennessy, he hasn't seen for over twenty years.  He writes a polite note back, but on his way to the mailbox has an epiphany of sorts and thus, begins his journey to deliver the note to Queenie in person.  

Please follow Harold's journey, and mine if you wish, up to the north of Britain. Please sign up so we can all meet up at 6:30 PM in the Community Room on October 8th to discuss both journeys.

As always, thanks for reading.