Saturday, November 17, 2012

Review: The Unlikely Pilgrimage of Harold Fry by Rachel Joyce

The Unlikely Pilgrimage of Harold FryThe Unlikely Pilgrimage of Harold Fry by Rachel Joyce
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

This is a beautifully written and deceptively simple novel with a premise that seems a bit different than the usual literary fiction. I really enjoyed this very quiet and thought provoking novel. I don't think its what I'd call fast paced in any way but its very engaging.

What really stands out here is the writing ... wow. It's breathtaking in places. I found myself just taking in the words and feeling overwhelmed by the pure beauty of the language. Combine that with the fact that the novel lends itself towards opening up self examination for the reader and it had me hooked! The story is a bit old fashioned, as is the plot. I love this about it and think its one of the reasons that the book is ultimately so beautiful!

This novel is thought provoking and makes you examine your own thoughts and feelings about family, marriage, life & death, and how our actions impact others. I rarely highlight in my nook because I find it a nuisance but I was highlighting like crazy while reading this little novel!

I was quite surprised with how taken I was with this novel, its characters and its plot! There is a very refreshing sense of the old fashioned in this one yet its not dated in any way. I highly recommend it to anyone! It's definitely worth the read!

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