- 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: #2,254,120 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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Top Customer Reviews
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.
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.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
This is not a typical travel journal. It contains none of the blah-blah lists of B&B's, restaurants, sites and travel iteneraries, that also include blah-blah lists of B&B's,... Read morePublished on July 1, 2013 by NancyQ-C
I was given an ecopy of this book in exchange for my honest review.
This book carries you along with the author and her husband while they take a holiday in Ireland. Read more
Let me start by saying that traveling with Kerry and her husband Bertrand would be a hoot! In a story that is only part-travel diary, she manages to impart humor, scenery and a... Read morePublished on March 30, 2013 by Gaele
I am not usually a fan of memoir, but I’ve always wanted to go to Ireland and this book appealed to me. It is a memoir of a couple’s walking vacation, or “ramble” through Ireland. Read morePublished on March 9, 2013 by Amazon Customer
Rating: 3.5 (worthy of rounding up)
This isn't a travel guide or really even a memoir, but it is a very endearing and personal story. Read more
As the title suggests this book is a ramble of sorts but, as the author readily admits, not necessarily as focused on hiking as one might expect. Read morePublished on January 31, 2013 by Dean Johnston
This book was such a pleasure to read. It was fun, interesting and amusing. I loved traveling with Kerry and her hubby. Read morePublished on January 12, 2013 by Wall-to-wall books
As is clear from the title, this is a chatty account of a walking holiday that the author took in the south of Ireland. She was accompanied by her husband, Bernard. Read morePublished on January 11, 2013 by Bani Sodermark
I looked forward to reading this book and was pleased to see it involves hiking through nature rather than shopping through cities. I love nature hikes. Read morePublished on December 30, 2012 by gloria piper
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