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UNLIKELY PILGRIMAGE OF HAROLD FRY

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A debut novel about the silent regrets that erode a marriage and the simple acts of faith and forgiveness that rebuild it anew

LONGLISTED FOR THE MAN BOOKER PRIZE "[Rachel] Joyce's beguiling debut is [a] modest-seeming story of 'ordinary' English lives that enthralls and moves you as it unfolds." - People (four stars) Meet Harold Fry, recently retired. He lives in a small English village with his wife, Maureen, who seems irritated by almost everything he does. Little differentiates one day from the next. Then one morning a letter arrives, addressed to Harold in a shaky scrawl, from a woman he hasn't heard from in twenty years. Queenie Hennessy is in hospice and is writing to say goodbye. But before Harold mails off a quick reply, a chance encounter convinces him that he absolutely must deliver his message to Queenie in person. In his yachting shoes and light coat, Harold Fry embarks on an urgent quest. Determined to walk six hundred miles to the hospice, Harold believes that as long as he walks, Queenie will live. A novel of charm, humor, and profound insight into the thoughts and feelings we all bury deep within our hearts, The Unlikely Pilgrimage of Harold Fry introduces Rachel Joyce as a wise - and utterly irresistible - storyteller. "[A] gorgeously poignant novel of hope and transformation." - O: The Oprah Magazine "A cause for celebration . . . [Joyce] has a lovely sense of the possibilities of redemption. In this bravely unpretentious and unsentimental take, she's cleared space where miracles are still possible." - Ron Charles, The Washington Post " The Unlikely Pilgrimage of Harold Fry is not just a book about lost love. It is about all the wonderful everyday things Harold discovers through the mere process of putting one foot in front of the other." - Janet Maslin, The New York Times

Autorentext
Rachel Joyce weiß, wie man Menschen mit Worten ganz direkt berührt. Die Autorin hat über 20 Original-Hörspiele für die BBC verfasst und wurde dafür mehrfach ausgezeichnet. Daneben hat sie Stoffe fürs Fernsehen bearbeitet und auch selbst als Schauspielerin für Theater und Film gearbeitet. "Die unwahrscheinliche Pilgerreise des Harold Fry" ist ihr erster Roman. Er erscheint in über 30 Ländern auf der ganzen Welt. Rachel Joyce lebt mit ihrem Mann und ihren vier Kindern in Gloucestershire auf dem Land.

Klappentext

Recently retired, sweet, emotionally numb Harold Fry is jolted out of his passivity by a letter from Queenie Hennessy, an old friend, whom he hasn't heard from in 20 years. She has written to say she is in hospice and wanted to say goodbye. Leaving his tense, bitter wife Maureen to her chores, Harold intends a quick walk to the corner mailbox to post his reply but instead he becomes convinced he must deliver his message in person to Queenie - 600 miles away - because as long as he keeps walking, Harold believes that she will not die.



Zusammenfassung
Praise for The Unlikely Pilgrimage of Harold Fry "[A] gorgeously poignant novel of hope and transformation." - O: The Oprah Magazine "You have to love Harold Fry, a man who set out one morning to mail a letter and then just kept going. . . . Like Christian in John Bunyan's The Pilgrim's Progress , Harold becomes Everyman in the eyes of those who encounter him. . . . Harold's journey, which parallels Christian's nicely but not overly neatly, takes him to the edge of death and back again. It will stick with you, this story of faith, fidelity and redemption ." - Minneapolis Star Tribune "For all of us perfectly responsible, stoop-shouldered suburbanites wearing a path in the living-room carpet, Harold's ridiculous journey is a cause for celebration . This is Walter Mitty skydiving. This is J. Alfred Prufrock not just eating that peach, but throwing the pit out the window, rolling up his trousers and whistling to those hot mermaids. Released from the cage of his own passivity, Harold feels transformed, though he keeps his tie on. . . . In this bravely unpretentious and unsentimental tale, she's cleared space where miracles are still possible." - Washington Post "[ R]emarkable . . . . I can't think of a better recommendation for summer reading. And take your time, just as Harold does." - USA Today , four out of four stars review [A] story of present-day courage . . . . . about how easily a mousy, domesticated man can get lost and how joyously he can be refound." - Janet Maslin, New York Times "From its charming beginning to its startling and cathartic denouement, The Unlikely Pilgrimage of Harold Fry is a comic and tragic joy ." - Cleveland Plain Dealer "When it seems almost too late, Harold Fry opens his battered heart and lets the world rush in. This funny, poignant story about an ordinary man on an extraordinary journey moved and inspired me." - Nancy Horan, author of Loving Frank "There's t remendous heart in this debut novel by Rachel Joyce, as she probes questions that are as simple as they are profound: Can we begin to live again, and live truly, as ourselves, even in middle age, when all seems ruined? Can we believe in hope when hope seems to have abandoned us? I found myself laughing through tears, rooting for Harold at every step of his journey. I'm still rooting for him." - Paula McLain, author of The Paris Wife " Marvelous! I held my breath at his every blister and cramp, and felt as if by turning the pages, I might help his impossible quest succeed." - Helen Simonson, author of Major Pettigrew's Last Stand "Harold's journey is ordinary and extraordinary; it is a journey through the self, through modern society, through time and landscape. It is a funny book, a wise book, a charming book - but never cloying. It's a book with a savage twist - and yet never seems manipulative. Perhaps because Harold himself is just wonderful. . . . I'm telling you now: I love this book ." - Erica Wagner, The Times (UK) "The odyssey of a simple man . . . original, subtle and touching ." - Claire Tomalin, author of Charles Dickens: A Life " The Unlikely Pilgrimage of Harold Fry takes the most ordinary and unassuming of men and turns him into a hero for us all. T o go on this journey with Harold will not only break your heart, it might just also heal it ." - Tiffany Baker, author of The Little Giant of Aberdeen County "A gentle and genteel charmer, brimming with British quirkiness yet quietly haunting in its poignant and wise examination of love and devotion. Sure to become a book-club favorite ." - Booklist

Leseprobe
1 Harold and the Letter The letter that would change everything arrived on a Tuesday. It was an ordinary morning in mid-April that smelled of clean washing and grass cuttings. Harold Fry sat at the breakfast table, freshly shaved, in a clean shirt and tie, with a slice of toast that he wasn't eating. He gazed beyond the kitchen window at the clipped lawn, which was spiked in the middle by Maureen's telescopic washing line, and trapped on all three sides by the neighbors' stockade fencing. "Harold!" called Maureen above the vacuum cleaner. "Post!" He thought he might like to go out, but the only thing to do was mow the lawn and he had done that yesterday. The vacuum tumbled into silence, and his wife appeared, looking cross, with a letter. She sat opposite Harold. Maureen was a slight woman with a cap of silver hair and a brisk walk. When they first met, nothing had pleased him more than to make her laugh. To watch her neat frame collapse into unruly happiness. "It's for you," she said. He didn't know what she meant until she slid an envelope across the table, and stopped it just short of Harold's elbow. They both looked at the letter as if they had never seen one before. It was pink. "The postmark says Berwick-upon-Tweed." He didn't know anyone in Berwick. He didn't know many people anywhere. "Maybe it's a mistake." "I think not. They don't get something like a postmark wrong." She took toast from the rack. She liked it cold and crisp. Harold studied the mysterious envelope. Its pink was not the color of the bathroom suite, or the matching towels and fluffed cover for the toilet seat. That was a vivid shade that made Harold feel he shouldn't be there. But this was delicate. A Turkish Delight pink. His name and address were scribbled in ballpoint, the clumsy letters collapsing into one another as if a child had dashed them off in a hurry: Mr. H. Fry, 13 Fossebridge Road, Kingsbridge, South Hams. He didn't recognize the handwriting. "Well?" said Maureen, passing a knife. He held it to the corner of the envelope, and tugged it through the fold. "Careful," she warned. He could feel her eyes on him as he eased out the letter, and prodded back his reading glasses. The page was typed, and addressed from a place he didn't know: St. Bernadine's Hospice. Dear Harold, This may come to you as some surprise. His eyes ran to the bottom of the page. "Well?" said Maureen again. "Good lord. It's from Queenie Hennessy." Maureen speared a nugget of butter with her knife and flattened it the length of her toast. "Queenie who?" "She worked at the brewery. Years ago. Don't you remember?" Maureen shrugged. "I don't see why I should. I don't know why I'd remember someone from years ago. Could you pass the jam?" "She was in finances. She was very good." "That's the marmalade, Harold. Jam is red. If you look at things before you pick them up, you'll find it helps." Harold passed her what she needed and returned to his letter. Beautifully set out, of course; nothing like the muddled writing on the envelope. Then he smiled, remembering this was how it always was with Queenie: everything she did so precise you couldn't fault it. "She remembers you. She sends her regards." Maureen's mouth pinched into a bead. "A chap on the radio was saying the French want our bread. They can't get it sliced in France. They come over here and they buy it all up. The chap said there might be a shortage by summer." She paused. "Harold? Is something the matter?" He said nothing. He dre

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Produktinformationen

Titel: UNLIKELY PILGRIMAGE OF HAROLD FRY
Untertitel: A novel
Illustrator:
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EAN: 9780553840834
ISBN: 0553840835
Format: Taschenbuch (kartoniert)
Hersteller: BANTAM
Herausgeber: Random House N.Y.
Genre: Belletristik
Anzahl Seiten: 320
Gewicht: 172g
Größe: H175mm x B103mm x T30mm
Veröffentlichung: 21.12.2012
Jahr: 2012