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Ramblings in Ireland by [Dwyer, Kerry]
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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 474 KB
  • Print Length: 179 pages
  • 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: Enabled
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars 12 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #1,675,719 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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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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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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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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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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