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Good honest insight..
on 30 May 2012
I realy enjoyed this book. It feels like an honest account of Paddy's life and it is interesting to get a perspective on Traveller life at the same time.
The book is humourous but at times deepy moving. Paddy's account of the death of his son is incredibly raw and shockingly detailed.
It's easy to dislike Travellers and I know many people who do. There is a criminal element to Traveller society, but then we have plenty of criminals of our own too.
Paddy describes a way of life that is hundreds of years old but is struggling to survive in modern times. Traveller culture is certainly not perfect and Paddy does not shy away from describing it honestly. Through recent TV shows like Gypsy Weddings and Big Brother, Paddy enjoys representing his community and feels that it is important that "country folk" get a chance to see what Travellers are really like.
These TV shows are a double edged sword and not all the publicity is good. Overall however I think Paddy should be proud of himself. I am far more open minded towards Travellers now than I was two or three years ago.