Report on Book Group Meeting - Meeting, Monday, 9 May 2016

The Book Group met on Monday to discuss "The Unlikely Pilgrimage of Harold Fry" by Rachel Joyce. Owing to social circumstances, Harold Fry is seemingly incapable of forming empathetic relationships with his family and colleagues. Quite unexpectedly Harold receives a letter from a former colleague, Queenie, who is dying in a hospice in Berwick-on-Tweed. Harold writes a reply and sets off for the letter-box to post it. However, he decides to walk on to the next letter box ........ and the next, and the next and so begins his unlikely pilgrimage from Devon to Berwick-on-Tweed in the belief that he can save Queenie from death. The story describes Harold's journey and the people he meets along the way. The pilgrimage is a voyage of self-discovery for Harold and for the wife he leaves behind.
Most members of the group found the novel extremely moving and interesting but a couple of us, whilst appreciating the sentiment behind the story, just could not understand the foolhardiness of setting off on a such a journey without prior preparation and equipment! Marks out of ten varied between 5 and 9 with an overall score of 7.7.
Our book for this month is the autobiographical "Do No Harm" by the eminent neurosurgeon, Henry Marsh.
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