- 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
- Word Wise: Enabled
- Lending: Enabled
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,920,704 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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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.
I find it fun to read how different cultures see different things and through Kerry we get the English, French and often Irish perspectives. Each character we meet while on the road is unique and memorable and drawn in such a way that this reader wanted to head over and meet them. I'm not a walking tour person but I almost want to do it after reading Ramblings in Ireland.
I read this book while on a long trip and found that the bits of time spent with Kerry and Bertrand were light, easy and brightened my day. This is not the best book I've ever read but I have absolutely nothing negative to say about it. I would advise anyone who likes fun travel memoirs to pick it up.
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