Pop Quiz... about who else? ..... me!
Which of these do you think is true of me as a reader?
1. I didn't reach my goal of reading 52 books last year (only 42).
2. I love reading books where a young adult has a life-changing event.
3. I can't stand horror or scary fiction.
4. I read most titles out of suggestions from friends.
5. I chose to read The Unlikely Pilgrimage of Harold Fry because I'm participating in my first Battle of the Books.
That's right... all of them are true!
So.... I just started reading The Unlikely Pilgrimage of Harold Fry: Awkward. Just awkward. The whole premise of the book seems so unlikely.... weird word choice. Anyway, Harold Fry is a timid, middle-aged married man in England goes on a walking journey to deliver a letter to a long-lost friend he recently discovered is dying... wait for it... he says:
"as long as I walk, she'll stay alive."
He seems to think she'll wait for him; the cancer won't kill her, but she'll wait. So, yes. This book is a little odd. But, I can't help but feel compelled by this character. He is so real. Even when he has an awkward conversation from a payphone to his wife, you can't help but feel intrigued and happy for him; he has an enlightened joy and newly found happiness in his purpose... silly as it may be.
I can't help but wonder, as Harold stays in a hotel for an unexpected two-day stay, whether he'll have the stamina to continue... also, he doesn't have the appropriate great... I mean, won't his shoes fall apart?