When Harold Fry nips out one morning to post a letter, leaving his wife hoovering upstairs, he has no idea that he is about to walk from one end of the country to the other. He has no hiking boots or map, let alone a compass, waterproof or mobile phone. All he knows is that he must keep walking. To save someone else’s life.
My View (no spoilers)
Harold Fry is an unlikely hero, when he realises his friend Queenie is dying he feels as though he must ‘do’ something. This book captures that helpless feeling when you need to do something but can’t do anything to help. Harold walks and walks and walks.
It took me a while to get into this book and I found many of the characters unrelatable, however I am glad I stuck with it as although this book drags at times, Harold does eventually meet some interesting characters and get into some interesting situations. There is also a twist is the tale (no spoilers) which puts all the characters in context and therefore you begin to feel empathy for them.
Not a book I would rush to read again.
I read the Kindle Edition of this book
Paperback: 384 pages
Publisher: Black Swan (2 Jan. 2013)
Product Dimensions: 12.7 x 2.4 x 19.8 cm