- Series: Travel Literature
- Paperback: 324 pages
- Publisher: Lonely Planet; Us edition (October 1, 1998)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0864426275
- ISBN-13: 978-0864426277
- Product Dimensions: 7.8 x 5.1 x 0.8 inches
- Shipping Weight: 9.6 ounces
- Average Customer Review: 13 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #583,486 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Round Ireland in Low Gear Paperback – October 1, 1998
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In December 1985, veteran traveler and travel writer Eric Newby and his wife, Wanda, set off on a bicycling journey around Ireland. "We were going there, in short, to enjoy ourselves, an unfashionable aspiration in the 1980s," Newby writes with characteristic wit. It was the beginning of winter, "the dead season, as far as weather went," but the journey, with all of its encounters, is filled with a crackling and warm life.
After looking for bicycles and getting informed about modern, computer-designed models, they hop the train for Limerick. Newby's clever, vivid narrative--punctuated by sips of Guinness and tea, torrential winter rains, snarling dogs, a feast of bed and breakfasts, stunning ruins, and unusual characters--traces the dynamics of a relationship on the road. The bicycle provides a cadence well suited to the winding roads running through Ireland's verdant country and its rugged coast--and to Newby's talents. He seems to absorb most everything into the narrative. Using pedal power, he takes in the landscape and its people, along with Ireland's past and present, weaving in headwinds, pub stops, myths, political realities, and conversations to produce a complex picture of Ireland.
Originally published in 1987, Newby's Round Ireland in Low Gear has been reprinted with new maps by Lonely Planet Publications. This is not a manic tale of some bicycling marathon, but rather a journey--and a book--paced for enjoyment. --Byron Ricks
Funny, revealing and thoroughly enjoyable' -- Irish Independent
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I'm a bike rider, mostly off road, but after reading this I intend to get to Ireland some day and follow his route. I will do it in a more welcoming season though. How anyone could have done what he did is a testament to this man's moxie! Read his "Love and War in the Apennines". While in a prision of war camp, you will find out how he met Wanda, the woman who would later become his wife and travel companion. From 1942 until 1945 he was held prisoner of war near Parma, Italy. During a brief escape he was hidden by a Slovenian family.
The description of the country is amazing. A great non-fictionional story not to be missed. A different style of travel writer who leaves behind many books for us to daydream of places we have never seen.
The maps provided by Lonely Planet add value to this edition.
It may be that those who have rated this work poorly are fans of Irish tourism who picked it up expecting it to validate their enthusiasm in a predictable way, and were blindsided when it turned out to be something completely different. But it is far above the norm for travel writing.
The author and his wife both have a great, dry sense of humor, and Newby deftly captures the character of all kinds of amusing types they come in contact with. He is known for his thoughtful travel literature -- in the New York Review of Books recently, Larry McMurty revealed that he has been re-reading one of Newby's other travelogues, 'Slowly Down the Ganges', more or less continuously since it was published in 1964.
A good travel book captures my interest and attention by drawing me in, making me want to go there, to experience the place. The prospect of wet and sometimes miserable rides put a huge damper on the whole experience of the adventure.
There is a lot to enjoy in this book, perhaps too much. Just don't book your winter flight before reading this book.
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