The love song of Miss Queenie Hennessy.
Publication year: 2014
Media class: Hardback
Publisher: London : Doubleday, 2014.
ISBN: 9780857522450 (hbk): 12.99
When Queenie Hennessy discovers that Harold Fry is walking the length of England to save her, and all she has to do is wait, she is shocked. Her note to him had explained she was dying from cancer. How can she wait? A new volunteer at the hospice suggests that Queenie should write again; only this time she must tell Harold the truth. Composing this new message, the volunteer promises, will ensure Queenie hangs on. It will also atone for the secrets of the past. As the volunteer points out, 'It isn't Harold who is saving you. It is you, saving Harold Fry.' This is that letter. A letter that was never sent. Told in simple, emotionally-honest prose, with a mischievous bite, this is a novel about the journey we all must take to learn who we are; it is about loving and letting go.
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A further insight into what was going on in “The Unlikely Pilgrimage of Harold Fry”. This is essentially an “internal monologue” as Queenie waits for Harold to reach her. It describes her retreat into a private and restricted world, escaping emotional damage she has suffered (inflicted on herself). And it ultimately gives us a better understanding of why Harold set off on his “pilgrimage”. Highly recommended.
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