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Ramblings in Ireland [Kindle Edition]

Kerry Dwyer
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Book Description

This is not a book about rambling in Ireland.

It tells the tale of one particular walking trip and the memories and musings it inspired.

Exploring the West of Ireland is a time for meditation, spiritual reflection and strengthening the bonds of life. More practically the ability to read a map might have proved helpful. The tourist office in Ireland has all their paths clearly marked. You can’t go wrong if you follow that little yellow man. Or can you?

As British ex-patriate Kerry Dwyer leads Bertrand, her trusting French husband, astray once more, they reminisce and reflect upon accents and accidents, family and friends, love and what it means to be alive. Bertrand doesn’t mind getting lost - he loves Kerry all the more for going off the beaten track.

This is a book about ramblings in Ireland. Walk with Kerry and Bertrand and follow where your thoughts lead you.

Product details

  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 285 KB
  • Print Length: 179 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 1478392762
  • Publisher: Someday Box (13 Aug. 2012)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B008XJU98I
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Enhanced Typesetting: Not Enabled
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (12 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #918,867 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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4.0 out of 5 stars Masterful Imagery 24 Aug. 2012
Format:Kindle Edition
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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4.0 out of 5 stars A delightful read 24 Oct. 2012
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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4.0 out of 5 stars long and winding road 3 Oct. 2012
For her fiftieh birthday the author wanted to visit China but her job did not allow it. Next she opts for Egypt but that trip is cancelled by "civil war." That is what I like about Brits, they tend not to mince words. It is civil war, not some Arab Spring.
Growing up in her native England, Kerry learned adventure as her family split into two parts to hitchhike, with a vicar the most memorable ride giver. Now living in France with a French husband, she finally chose Ireland for her adult wanderlust. At their French airport they endure a facility with no toilets. Her descriptions of "extortionately priced cups of coffee and floppy sandwiches" hawked by the stews, thankful travellers applauding the pilot after landing in Ireland, and of walking in Goretex, boots, and disintegrating shoes were hilarious.
She calculated that the cost of one Ireland walking tour equals the cost of two cruises to Egypt. Even after training before the trip they were "throughly exhausted with tired wobbly legs and growling stomachs" after the first day's walk. The next day her husband had two breakfasts but was hungry by noon.
The author warns in her introduction that she "tends to go off at tangents" and "My stories are not always direct either" in the introduction. If you expect a travel guide, skip this book. More than half of it is tangents such as a GPS saying "at the roundabout take the roundabout," communication breakdown between spouses, buying oversized bras from street vendors, and life in France.
Chapter 1 should be required reading for any want-to-be expatriate thinking of moving to another country, especially if one plans to work there. Quaint village life is hard, especially on seniors. And when even the accountants tell you to cheat to hide taxable income, you begin to understand why such lands are going down the tubes, complete with toiletless airports.
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4.0 out of 5 stars A Change Of Pace 4 Oct. 2012
Format:Kindle Edition
In a world which seems to be increasingly sterilised, globalised and homogenised, Kerry's ramblings reminded me that there are still differences between countries and cultures which should be recognised and relished. Although Kerry is English, her husband is French and there are many little touches in the book where she not only interprets both Ireland and France through English sensibilities but also interprets Ireland as understood by a Frenchman.

This is one of those delightful yarns where nothing much happens - but it happens a lot. You can almost feel the calmness and serenity of rural Ireland as you read each page. Little details become important; small events assume a significance they would not normally have in a busy and crowded life. Ramblings In Ireland lets the reader step back from the hustle and bustle of everyday living to lose themselves in a more unhurried world with a warm and loving couple.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Ramblings
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
Published on 30 Jun. 2013 by The Mystical World of Book Reviews
4.0 out of 5 stars A Must Read!
A delightful book which has taught me as much about France and the French way of life as it has about Ireland and its beautiful scenery and friendly people. Read more
Published on 15 Feb. 2013 by Sally Elborn
4.0 out of 5 stars Trails and Detours
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 more
Published on 30 Dec. 2012 by gloria piper
3.0 out of 5 stars Enjoyable sojourn
I'm going to open my review by quoting Kerry's self-commentary. I couldn't possibly improve on this bit for pinpointing the charm of her travelogue-plus book, which she describes... Read more
Published on 11 Dec. 2012 by Anne Carlisle
5.0 out of 5 stars An entertaining and easy read.
This book follows Kerry and her French husband Bertrand on a walking holiday in Ireland, but just as they wander off their original routes, in the book Kerry wanders between... Read more
Published on 5 Dec. 2012 by FrenchVillageDiaries
4.0 out of 5 stars Ramblings in Ireland about France
This was a lovely light read, well written and engaging. The title is aptly chosen as Kerry really does ramble but keeps hold of all the threads linking them together easily as... Read more
Published on 13 Nov. 2012 by BurgundyRequest
4.0 out of 5 stars interesting read
Ramblings in Ireland by Kerry Dwyer

4 Stars

When I picked up this book I was expecting lots of information about `rambling' in Ireland, from the types of... Read more
Published on 3 Nov. 2012 by MJ
4.0 out of 5 stars Cracking read
Wow I was truly taken aback, I just didn't expect to become so involved with Kerry and her husband as they wandered around their holiday destination, got lost went the wrong way... Read more
Published on 30 Aug. 2012 by R. Ellis
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