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Length: 179 pages Word Wise: Enabled Enhanced Typesetting: Enabled

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  • File Size: 474 KB
  • Print Length: 179 pages
  • Publisher: Someday Box (August 13, 2012)
  • Publication Date: August 13, 2012
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B008XJU98I
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Lending: Enabled
  • Enhanced Typesetting: Enabled
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,015,517 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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Kerry Dwyer was born in Yorkshire, England. She was educated in the Home Counties. She spent nearly twenty five years working in finance in Europe and America before moving to South West France where she still lives. She works as an English Teacher to adults and writes in her spare time.
Her first book, "Ramblings in Ireland," was inspired by a holiday walking in Cork and Kerry with her French husband. She explores the cross channel cultural differences and rambles in the true Freudian sense.

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Rambling in Ireland by Kerry Dwyer
This book was a picturesque journey though some of the most breathtaking sights of Ireland. Mrs. Dwyer paints the beauty of the land in descriptive words, instilling within the reader a longing to see the sights she writes about. Her human snapshots are alive and vibrant. The reader feels like they are meeting these people on the walking trails and in each town the author visits.
Kerry Dwyer appears to be one of those individuals who perpetually sees a glass as half full. Her humor makes levity of some experiences which would be a source of contention for other couples. In one such incident, she remembered she had not waterproofed their boots, until after they got wet feet. It was viewed with humor instead of melting into a "shame and blame game."
I enjoyed learning about the cultural differences in her often humorous comparisons between the French and English. As an American, I appreciated her insights about life in France, Great Britain, and serene Ireland. She lives in a world, where cars have "bonnets" and she can stow things in its "boot." I also learned that knickers are not short pants cut off at the knee and frizzy drinks have not sprouted little green hairs (mold). The weather might be "heaving," but it is not the same thing as vomiting. Whether intentional or not, the word play taught me that although words may sound the same, they do not share the same meanings.
Rambling in Ireland reveals to the reader that Ireland is a land of beauty and potential danger. It is filled with colors and ancient culture. However, the true essence of Ireland isn't one that can be captured by a camera. It has to be experienced and Mrs. Dwyer's writing gives the reader a sampling of the spirit found in the Emerald Island. In Mrs. Dwyer's own words, "The best picture would be the one I was engraving in my memory." Her descriptions and feelings were engraved into this reader's memory.
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Kerry Dwyer's Ramblings in Ireland, is aptly titled for that is exactly what the story is about, the ramblings through a country with present descriptions, of dangerous excursions to a ledge forbidden in fog (which they accidentally journeyed onto), to ill prepared clothing for rain, to a husband's compulsion for the Irish breakfast, the journey as it happened, coupled with the ramblings of times past. The word ramblings in the abstract can connote a pejorative, which would be anything but the case with Dwyer's story, for her writing is endearing and intelligent with a rare gifted ability to make the reader laugh, her asides had me laughing out loud.
Dwyer invites the reader in to her life, the mundane which through her talent are captivating and as the story progresses along you feel as if you're listening to a friend, a good friend, telling you about their vacation, and you get excited that you, for this brief time, have the vicarious pleasure of being let in, to more than just descriptions of the travels in a country, but of a women, her relationship with her family (the incidental mention of her grandfather's assassination in Palestine, her mother's mistaken identity for an Indian, to her husband's ability to pee anywhere, etc.). Her scene description is exceptional; when they go into a dining room you can see the people there, the pink-rinsed grandmothers, grunge clothing, dreadlocks... masterful imagery that brings you there, the detail right down to what she brought with on the trip. As the trip ends the author describes her love for reading and in the author's note she mentions her blog: [...].
When I went to check it out the first thing I noticed was a column at the top titled What is Rambling. There beside her answer is a photo of Freud, a brilliant metaphor for her journey and life, as she so adeptly, and with great humor, portrayed in her ramblings.
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I'm very proud to say that I'm Irish and I love reading all sorts of books about the country. When Kerry e-mailed me and said that she wanted me to read and review it, I was over the moon about the idea and jumped at the chance. Once I started reading the book, I couldn't put it down and needless to say, I was a little jealous that she got to go on such a wonderful adventure and I'm sort of stuck here in my little town. Never the less, I enjoyed the book immensely and would encourage anyone and everyone to read it, weather you have Irish blood in you or not. I'm just glad that Kerry and her husband made their way back home safely.
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It's fortunate that author Kerry Dwyer and her husband, Bertrand Renaudineau, each have a sense of humor when things go awry, because much goes sideways in this charming tale of a walking vacation in Ireland. Wrong books are ordered. Dwyer's notorious lack of sense of direction gets them lost. The wrong things are packed and needed things get left behind.

Yet the trip is a success. Dwyer and Renaudineau walk their way through parts of Ireland, with only one day of fog. Along the way they meet interesting people and see some beautiful country, which Dwyer describes well.

The Ramblings of the title refer to more than walking. Partnered with descriptions of where they walked and what they saw are discussions of the differences between French, English, and Irish cuisine, English footpath laws, how accents can unite or divide us, the process of getting her first pair of reading glasses, and a myriad of other subjects. I enjoyed the asides, which added to the charm of the book.

The one thing I didn't care for was that Dwyer occasionally included long sections of verbatim dialog that didn't seem important. But this is a minor quibble. All in all, Ramblings in Ireland was a delightful read that I would recommend to travelers and non-travelers alike.
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