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Yoke the Pony by [Cummins, Paddy]
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4.8 out of 5 stars 4 customer reviews

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Length: 165 pages Word Wise: Enabled Enhanced Typesetting: Enabled
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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 401 KB
  • Print Length: 165 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publisher: Bridge Publishing (8 May 2013)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00CPKP31E
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Screen Reader: Supported
  • Enhanced Typesetting: Enabled
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars 4 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #734,915 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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A charming, delightful story following one family's joys and trials living on a smallholding in Ireland, in the 1950's.

Astute and stoical Molly is uprooted from civilized city life to live in a thatched house on the edge of a bog, next to a railway line. The health of her cantankerous, old mother-in-law is failing, so the family have had to up sticks and go to live with her.

Slowly, over the following months, warm and generous-hearted neighbours help the family accumulate pony, trap, hens, etc., to make things easier on the new,young family in their midst.

The vivid and evocative prose conjures up a simplistic way of living that is now gone forever but, thankfully, is lovingly and accurately recorded here by the author. Through it all, the beautiful Irish brogue can be heard singing off the pages, and the warmth and generosity of these lovely people stayed with me long after I finished this book. I'm glad to have had the privilege of knowing them a little, for a short time.
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I just wanted to go on reading about this lovely family. A great little gem capturing the life and times of Ireland in the 1950's. I just couldn't put it down and felt I was right in there with all those people. Knowing their every day ups and downs and the neighbours who died and how they dealt with their grief. I have seen and been to such wakes and funerals. Perfectly captured and so well written in the way people spoke back then, in their own imitable charming way. Good decent people who were always on hand to help a neighbour. A story well worth reading.
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A truly heart-warming memoir vividly depicting country life in Ireland in the early 50s. The rich prose immersed me right into the midst of that warm family and community feel in the countryside. Loved every page. A highly recommended read.
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Really loved this book about old Ireland, so true to life and brilliantly written, only one problem ... it was far far too short!
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Amazon.com: 4.7 out of 5 stars 6 reviews
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5.0 out of 5 stars A Gem of a Book 30 Sept. 2016
By Alliji - Published on Amazon.com
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This is a gem of a book, a true tale of the author's family growing up in a small Irish town. Each character is memorable and drew in my emotions as I found myself comparing my life growing up in the same era. Molly, the mother of a large family leaves her comfortable life in town to move to the country and care for her elderly mother-in-law. Although the circumstances were trying, Molly manages to turn the challenges into opportunity for her family. I look forward to reading other works by this author.

There is some use of language that some might find offensive, but I read it as the speech pattern typical of a bygone era.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A lovely memoir 22 Aug. 2013
By PA - Published on Amazon.com
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What a lovely memoir of what it was like growing up in Ireland in the early 50s. Clearly shining through was a strong sense of family and doing what was right. Selfless acts of kindness and generosity was simply a way of country life with both family and community. This one was vividly depicted with care. Paddy made sure he got it right. 'His' story comes through on these pages realistically and was penned with a great eye for rich detail. An enjoyable read.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A trip back to a less complicated time 19 Aug. 2013
By Happyreader - Published on Amazon.com
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This was a wonderful read. Really enjoyed it. A peek back into Ireland in the early 50s when people still used pony and traps and made their own butter, how they relied on each other on their communities etc.
3.0 out of 5 stars I thoroughly enjoyed a couple of other Paddy Cummins books but found ... 30 Mar. 2016
By Elizabeth Newman - Published on Amazon.com
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I thoroughly enjoyed a couple of other Paddy Cummins books but found this one rather depressing - too much death and religion
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5.0 out of 5 stars A Real Little Gem 6 Sept. 2016
By Vera R. - Published on Amazon.com
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I just wanted to go on reading about this lovely family. A great little gem capturing the life and times of Ireland in the 1950's. I just couldn't put it down and felt I was right in there with all those people. Knowing their every day ups and downs and the neighbours who died and how they dealt with their grief. I have seen and been to such wakes and funerals. Perfectly captured and so well written in the way people spoke back then, in their own imitable charming way. Good decent people who were always on hand to help a neighbour. A story well worth reading.
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