unlikely pilgrimage of Harold Fry

(40 Posts)
oopsadaisyme Fri 02-May-14 22:24:32

I so loved this book - was such a surprise read as got given as a gift - has anyone else read??

thriftychicken Fri 02-May-14 22:42:15

yes ive read it and really enjoyed it , also enjoyed perfect by the same author

oopsadaisyme Fri 02-May-14 22:44:58

ooo, haven't read others by same author, just loved this one - 'Perfect'?

scottishmummy Fri 02-May-14 22:56:42

Read it about year ago,great book,unfolding twist that pulls you in.

oopsadaisyme Fri 02-May-14 23:03:36

scott brill read, totally different from what I would have bought, so well written, raving cos loved it!

Need a new one similar, can you recommend??

scottishmummy Fri 02-May-14 23:05:22

Tractors in Ukraine is similar genre

CoteDAzur Sat 03-May-14 11:32:27

I rolled my eyes throughout. Completely unbelievable, even silly. Cheap trick to keep the 'revelation' to the end by misleading the reader throughout, too.

Similarly superficial books that made me hmm you might like:

The Island - Victoria Hislop
1000 Splendid Suns
Memory Keeper's Daughter

scottishmummy Sat 03-May-14 11:41:23

I intensely disliked memory keeper and thousand suns,didn't finish them
But then i often cant fathom books others rave about,but hey ho
What i liked about Harold was the unfolding,its pace.it felt like hearing a secret

CoteDAzur Sat 03-May-14 11:48:35

This might be a good time to repeat what I wrote on the "50 Book Challenge" thread last year about Harold Fry:

One of those books written for women. Faux-profound rubbish full of truisms and inane "insights" like "Sometimes, you have to start a journey at the beginning". I came close to losing my faith in womankind, seeing the silly nonsense hundreds of readers have highlighted on the Kindle. Why do women read stuff like this? I find it really puzzling.

It's not well-written (very far from it). The story isn't interesting (there isn't even much of a plot). There is very little character development. It is not realistic. So what exactly do women find in it?

Maybe some used to reading chick-lit like it because it gives them the feeling that they just read a real book. Like, with meaning and stuff. Men also read no-brainer books from authors like Lee Child but they don't pretend they are great books and give them awards. Why do women do this? I find it really depressing sad

Whatever this book was trying to do, The Alchemist did better. I was 17 when it came out, and even then thought it was superficial faux-intellectual rubbish.

CoteDAzur Sat 03-May-14 11:50:16

To each their own, of course. Don't take it personally. I'm just saying why I personally didn't like it.

scottishmummy Sat 03-May-14 11:53:45

Its always fascinating to hear what someone thinks of a book you've both read
And conversely,some popular authors or hits i just cant fathom.but plenty like
Scandicrime genre has never appealed to me,but others positively rave

jamaisjedors Tue 06-May-14 20:32:10

smile

Cote you are often spot-on and put into words what I feel about a book - thank you!

CoteDAzur Wed 07-May-14 14:12:56

Thanks jamais smile

LulaPalooza Wed 07-May-14 14:28:52

Or maybe, Cote, some people enjoy a bit of junk food for the mind? A bit of escapism? After a long day at work I quite enjoy something easy to read which means I don't have to think too much. I do enough thinking in the office.

What counts in your world as a "real book"?

"To each their own, of course. Don't take it personally. I'm just saying I personally didn't like it"

You could have said that without, like, denigrating the people who di enjoy the book and stuff. Like.

Disclaimer: I haven't read the book, I just found your post patronising and rather rude to the OP. Like. And I dislike literary snobbery.

skinmysunshine Wed 07-May-14 14:59:46

I agree that the story wasn't realistic but that wasn't the point. It was escapist and an easy read which is sometimes exactly what I'm looking for.

SirChenjin Wed 07-May-14 15:06:37

Loved it smile. It wasn't realistic, but who the hell cares.

As for the patronising post from Cote up there - 'women' read it because 'women' enjoy it. Save the faux "I'm so depressed by the wimminhood' for people who care. Or post the 'Cote Approved Book List' and we'll all do our very best to ignore it only read books that don't depress you.

Roseformeplease Wed 07-May-14 15:09:54

Well, I enjoyed it, and the other one by the same author.

jamaisjedors Wed 07-May-14 15:35:07

I read my fair share of chick-lit and easy literature, and yes, can "enjoy junk food for the mind".

But I don't claim it is anything more than that, which I think is the point Côte is trying to make.

(Côte I had a question for you about something else, will pm you).

AngusAndElspethsThistleWhistle Wed 07-May-14 15:39:56

I read it and enjoyed it. I found it heartwarming and moving.

I don't particularly enjoy 'chick lit' and I don't enjoy being judged on which books I read.

Cote's post was a bit self-indulgent, I think.

jamaisjedors Wed 07-May-14 15:43:36

(actually scrap that, no need).

DameDiazepamTheDramaQueen Wed 07-May-14 17:20:04

When I read it,I mentioned to a friend that it was like a radio play. Then found out later that's exactly what it was originally. Explains its gentleness and not being realistic.

DameDiazepamTheDramaQueen Wed 07-May-14 17:21:33

My Dad read it and really enjoyed it. I wouldn't have said it was written for women at allconfused

CoteDAzur Wed 07-May-14 18:36:38

Lula - You haven't read the book, so you don't know what my comments were about. Are you picking a fight with me because you are just desperate for a fight?

"some people enjoy a bit of junk food for the mind?"

I know that, would you believe. And said so in the post you replied to. Men also read no-brainer books from authors like Lee Child but they don't pretend they are great books and give them awards. Why do women do this? I find it really depressing.

If you read my post properly, you would understand from the above that my problem with such "women's lit" light reads is that they are held up on pedestals and given awards, as if they are anything but beach reads. As if women don't or can't read better books, which we all know is not true.

"What counts in your world as a "real book"?... You could have said that without, like, denigrating the people who di enjoy the book and stuff. Like."

Again, if you read my post properly, you would see that "... real book. Like, with meaning and stuff" were words I would use but my guess at the thought processes of people giving such beach reads book awards. Hopefully, since you are such a smart person doing so much thinking at work hmm

"Disclaimer: I haven't read the book, I just found your post patronising and rather rude to the OP."

I said nothing about the OP, but you are rude and patronising to me. That doesn't seem to bother you, at all.

The difference is, I was giving an opinion about a book (which I have actually read) and making general comments (not to OP in particular), whereas you are here for the sole reason of personally attacking me.

I shouldn't have explain this difference to a solicitor, so figure out on your own why you can't tell me what opinions to have and what to post, but I can say what I think about a book, its audience and awards. On a book thread. About a book I have actually read.

CoteDAzur Wed 07-May-14 18:38:24

jamais - re "I read my fair share of chick-lit and easy literature, and yes, can "enjoy junk food for the mind". But I don't claim it is anything more than that, which I think is the point Côte is trying to make."

Exactly.

SirChenjin Wed 07-May-14 19:21:48

Cote - by all means talk about your thoughts on the book, but please leave your thoughts on women who read this book and enjoyed it out of the equation.

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