I am not sure exactly what attracted me to this book as it is not the normal genre I read. Perhaps it was the name and being from the wet, cold, muddy, dirty and poor island of Ireland, where the people are obviously backward, stupid and wild perhaps I was looking for a free book to escape the drudgery.
Before I critic the book (fairly I hope) I first have to say that any Americans or other nationalities out there reading this book please take the stereotyping in this book as what it is - nonsense. We are not backward, wild or stupid and we are wonderful community based people, gypsies are not around every corner and our roads are much like they are everywhere else! Also any cottage or house I know has more than one room and the bed isn’t in the living room.
As you have probably guess the stereotyping in the book irritated me and not just from an Irish point of view, I know from experience that not all Americans are materialistic, non-dimensional characters , half soccer mom with a bit of “John Wayne” thrown in or that they believe that they are from a superior race. I won’t even get into the way the UK (America’s friend) was characterised.
I also found the book a bit predictable and think that the author could have done so much more with the storyline. Perhaps a few failed attempts at providing food might have helped authenticate the story. I was at awe of the main character, Sarah, seemed to take to everything so fast. I am not sure that I would have been able to make bread on my first attempt or work out how to milk a goat without instruction or fire a gun without some-one to help explain which bullet went where but that might be just the Irish thing.
However, if you can get past the stereotyping, the book is a bit thought provoking – what would I do without my kindle if we had no electricity – especially as I have given up most of my book shelves.The thought of it made me break out into a cold sweat!