The follow-up to British comedian Hawks's Round Ireland with a Fridge (a chronicle of his efforts to make good on a liquor-sodden wager to hitchhike Ireland with a refrigerator in tow) employs a similarly ridiculous premise. While watching a football game between Moldova and England, Hawks, an ex-junior-tennis-champion, and his friend argue the importance of technique in sportsmanship. The conversation culminates in a ridiculous bet; Hawks must beat the Moldovan football team at tennis, or else strip naked in a London street and sing the Moldovan anthem. What follows is an oddball travelogue spanning Moldova, Northern Ireland and Israel as Hawks tracks down and plays each team member. Hawks, who admits to knowing nothing about Moldova, offers few insights about the country; his socioeconomic and cultural observations lean toward the superficial. However, Hawks offers plenty of easy laughs (mostly at his own expense) as he brazenly and good-naturedly takes on local bureaucrats, would-be capitalists and seemingly insurmountable language barriers in pursuit of an admittedly pointless goal. "Things can be done," Hawks notes as he gears up for the journey. "The people in life who get them done are the ones who know that, and the ones who don't are the rest." Noting his reliance on the kindness of others, Hawks engages in a social experiment, demonstrating the willingness of strangers to help another achieve even the most whimsical of goals.
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In Round Ireland with a Fridge, Hawks, England's answer to Dave Barry, bet his friend that he could carry a small refrigerator around Ireland while hitchhiking. And he won. Now it seems that he drank too much again and made another outrageous bet with his buddy. This time he wagered that he could play and beat each member of the Moldovan soccer team at tennis. The loser must sing the Moldovan national anthem naked, of course. In order to win this bet, he first had to establish the location of Moldova (formerly a member state of the USSR), contact the Moldovan football team, and be invited into the country by a native on special official letterhead. Oddly enough, his adventure begins at the International Beatles Week in Liverpool, to which he finagles an invitation from inside Moldova. Soon thereafter, Hawks travels the remote country trying to find the team, with a side trip to deliver a round table to King Arthur (the newest King of the Gypsies). But I'm not telling who sings nude! This is a hilarious, quirky book. As long as you don't allow yourself to get hung up by a few obscure British references, it may be one of the funniest books you have ever read. Highly recommended. Sandy Knowles, Henderson Cty. P.L., NC
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Hilarious! Having been to Moldova over five times this made the reading experience even funnier. The book had it's funny and also sad moments which made it worth my time to read! Read morePublished 11 days ago by wes
Refreshing and interesting. It was a fun, touching way to experience another culture while reminding to appreciate the blessings of western society.Published 4 months ago by Love to Love Books
Tony's second book about a ridiculous bet is charming, poignant, and above all inspirational in the most absurd way. Loved itPublished 8 months ago by Nicole Soltis
Though the author is amusing, I was more taken with his attitudes regarding life and it made me examine more closely my attitude.Published 14 months ago by Angela
Being a Romanian, the sister country of Moldova it was enlightening how a foreigner view the problema of the Moldovan Republic, problems which my country faced in the day. Read morePublished 17 months ago by Bogdan Jianu
great book already completed it will read more by that author soon reccommend to others as excellent reading choice author is fantastic i have read some of his other titlesPublished on January 4, 2013 by barbara206
Why haven't I heard of this guy before? He seems to me like a British Dave Barry or Bill Bryson. I'm talking snort-out-loud, make-the-bed-jiggle kind of funny. Read morePublished on November 12, 2010 by C. P. Anderson
A disappointing and tedious read. Tony Hawks clearly considers himself an extremely funny guy, but he comes across as arrogant and condescending, and occasionally mean-spirited as... Read morePublished on May 2, 2010 by Violet Adamson