An Australian, McHugh has his first pint of Guinness on the ferry from Wales to Ireland and is mighty unimpressed. But after he reaches the Emerald Isle, his opinion of Guinness changes and, along with Twidkiwodm ("the-woman-I-didn't-know-I-would-one-day-marry"), he circumnavigates the island in search of the best pint. McHugh certainly isn't the first backpacker to traverse Ireland's customary tourist spots—Yeats country, the Burren, the pubs of Dublin, the Giants' Causeway, Dingle Bay—with beer on the brain. But it is the unplanned events that make the travel special. While he inserts his share of Irish lore and legend into his travelogue, his descriptions of being in a rowboat with a German bagpiper or his recounting of leading a rag-tag bunch of Italians, Germans and Australians up the sacred mount Croagh Patrick are what brings his book to life. It also helps that McHugh, who continually professes his admiration for Irish writers, has a bit of the gift of gab himself. His prose flows like a friendly barstool chat and his frequent cheeky one-liners play the foil to his nostalgic nature. (Mar.)
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Australian McHugh tires of bright and light native lagers and heads straight for the boss brew: Guinness. Certain that he has yet to encounter stout in its optimum state, he treks about Ireland in search of the elusive "perfect pint." Along the way, he visits many a pub, reveling in each bar's uniqueness. The quality of Guinness, he discovers, really does differ from place to place around its native country, and his taste for and appreciation of the beverage grows and grows. Lest the reader fear that this journey is nothing but a geographically extended bender, McHugh and his girlfriend, Twidkiwodm (pronounced, McHugh claims, just like "Michelle"), survey such typical tourist haunts as Trinity College Library, with its Book of Kells; the banks of Dublin's River Liffey; and the spectacular Dingle Peninsula. He likens driving in Ireland to Russian roulette. Fans both of Ireland and of Guinness will enjoy pub-crawling with McHugh. Mark Knoblauch
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What a great writer. I thoroughly enjoyed this travel/beer trip. Worth the read if you like fun, adventure and travel.Published 8 months ago by JCLB
This is a fun read. It is not high art, merely one man's insights and humorous recall of a trip in Ireland. He is kind to the locals, not lampooning or mocking. Read morePublished 18 months ago by SMB
A light, enjoyable read, that doesn't portend to explain any type of deep subject matter. This book paints Ireland as a scenic land full of friendly, cheerful people, who are not... Read morePublished 21 months ago by S. Jefferson
Pint Sized Ireland is a trip taken by Evan McHugh and girlfriend Michelle, also known as Twidkiwodm, searching for Ireland's best pint of Guinness. Read morePublished on April 17, 2013 by P. Newhart
It is not as true today but people would have endless arguments and sometimes serious falling outs on the subject of which pub had the best pint. Read morePublished on November 5, 2012 by Niall Macdonagh
Fun read.Shows a little bit of life.Relax...have some fish and chips with Goodalls or HP sauce
and of course Guinness...it's good for you.
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I was familiar with this book and wanted to share it with a friend as a gift. This is a fun read for an adult readership. It provides a great overview of "pub-life" in Ireland. Read morePublished on January 8, 2011 by bo rentzel
Using the search for the perfect pint of Guinness as the basis for a travelogue is an idea that's a bit too slim to hang a book on but McHugh makes the most of it with this blend... Read morePublished on February 15, 2010 by J. Carroll
i opened this book to skim the first few pages to see if i wanted to keep it... 60 pages later i realized i was still reading! Mr. Read morePublished on February 15, 2009 by rainy day