Ramblings in Ireland

Ramblings in Ireland 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

  • Title: Ramblings in Ireland
  • Author: Kerry Dwyer
  • ISBN: 9781478392767
  • Page: 280
  • Format: ebook
  • 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 clearlThis 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 , 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 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.

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    1. 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.The author first tells us how she decided to visit Ireland with her husband. Then as we accompany them on long walks through the countryside, Dywer frequently detours into the past on some related subject, treating us to cultural comparisons and human foibles. These are things we can all relate to, and I found myself wanting to share my experienc [...]

    2. 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 as "a memoir of sorts": "There is a lovely French expression 'il ne perd pas le nord.' Literally this means 'he doesn't lose the north.' It means someone who knows exactly what they want and where they are going. They are focused on their target and don't lose track of it."That doesn't describe me at all."I laughed out [...]

    3. 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 Western Ireland, with only one day of fog. Along the way [...]

    4. This is a charming, well-written, genre-defying read. At some point the author admits that the title is misleading, giving fair warning to any who might think of reading this in preparation for a ramble in Ireland; this is not the book for you even though Charles de Gaulle is invoked as testifying to the "delicacy" and amiability of the Irish.There is actually a trip to Ireland, but only because other plans had fallen through. We do not learn much about walking in Southwest Ireland -- the weathe [...]

    5. As the title suggests this book is a ramble of sorts but, as the author readily admits, not necessarily as focused on hiking as one might expect. The main timeline is a short holiday in Ireland with her husband with plans to do a number of hikes along the beautiful west coast. But it branches out much further than that into as far flung time periods as her life in France and childhood in England. And, in fact, it tends to be during these tangents that she provides the most interesting cultural a [...]

    6. I'll reveal my prejudices up front: Kerry's book touches me, in part, because of my love for Ireland. My favorite parts focus on the area I visited. If you know and love Ireland, or languages, or travel, it will appeal to you as well.Also, I helped her create the book, so I have a professional (though not financial) interest in the book. But I took on the project because I loved the book; not the other way 'round.I love stories, story telling, story tellers. I love the Scheherazade story because [...]

    7. Ramblings in Ireland: Kerry DwyerVacations are supposed to be fun and not stressful. Holidays at times can be complicated as our author explains from the start when vacation time centers around your work schedule. Teaching at a language-training center in the English department where clients are local businesses with contracts with English speaking countries, working to teach English to adults can be both challenging and rewarding. With schedules that are color-coded the reader and the prospecti [...]

    8. If you are looking for a travelogue that will enlighten you on Ireland that would help you to travel,well then this book is not for youIt is a personal take or like a journal entry of Kerry Dwyer with her French husband BertrandTo start with this trip didn't happen to Kerry as a dream come true , because her other plans never materializedShe wanted to travel to Egypt but a civil war stopped her and her alternative plan was IrelandBut now with much preparation they head to Ireland which hardly he [...]

    9. This book was such a pleasure to read. It was fun, interesting and amusing. I loved traveling with Kerry and her hubby. We took walks together and saw the sights, I listened in on their conversations, I packed bags with them, I complained about the GPS along with them too! And I even drank beer with them. What a fun trip.No seriously - I did feel like I really got to know this couple. And her descriptions were so good I felt as though I were right there with them. I love memoirs and travel books [...]

    10. Bu yorum daha önce tugceninkitapligi da yayınlanmıştır. Kerry Dwyer’in Ağustos 2012′de çıkarttığı kitabı Ramblings in Ireland (Irlanda’da Gezinmek), aslında tam olarak bir seyahat kitabı değil. İrlanda’da nereleri görmeniz gerektiğini yada mutlaka yapılması gerekenleri anlatmıyor. Daha çok, Fransa’da yaşayan İngiliz Kerry’nin, Fransız kocası Bertrand ile Mısır’a planladıkları seyahati, çıkan iç savaş neticesinde iptal ederek, İrlanda’ya yaptıkl [...]

    11. I give this book 2.5 - 3 stars.Did I enjoy this book: Unfortunately, I did not enjoy this book as much as I had hoped to. It had some great moments, but it also had some not so great moments. This should have been a quick read but, sadly, it was not. I understand that the synopsis tells us that this book is not exclusively about the walking trip through Ireland that the author and her husband went on but that it is about the memories she recalled during that trip. That's fine but some of the mem [...]

    12. 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 t [...]

    13. Ramblings in Ireland by Kerry Dwyer is really two books in one. One the one hand we have a humorous, incisive look at expat life as seen by this witty, fascinating author, but which only hints at all the experiences she has clearly had. On the other we have an enjoyable travelogue that depicts Ireland with all its outward charm and friendliness. This precisely reflects how Ramblings is used as the title to depict Dwyer’s thoughts and observations about various matters and also the physical unh [...]

    14. RECEIVED FREE COPY TO REVIEWFor her fiftieth birthday Dwyer 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 [...]

    15. Rating: 3.5 (worthy of rounding up)This isn't a travel guide or really even a memoir, but it is a very endearing and personal story. The introduction sets the stage--the author admits it was meant to be a memoir, but "Something in a story reminds me of another story and there I go." Ireland is a practical choice, made based on friend recommendations and costs, but the trip turns into more than a quick getaway. The beautiful scenery, as enjoyed most often by hiking, serves as a backdrop for perso [...]

    16. Let me start by saying that traveling with Kerry and her husband Bertrand would be a hoot! In a story that is only part-travel diary, she manages to impart humor, scenery and a touch of personal growth into a simple trek in the West Counties. Having the maps as your guide is far less important than finding those moments to just savor the moment, the sights and the people you encounter: finding a way to make memories together as you are slowly putting one foot in front of the other to see what is [...]

    17. I love the way the book is written. The author recreates the atmosphere, talks about the language, the people, the sounds and even the smell of Ireland. The detailed imagery brings the scenes to life! Instead of just dumping loads of information about the country on us, the author manages to make the most ordinary things seem fascinating and can weave stories out of thin air! The actual facts about Ireland and the descriptions of the countryside are interspersed with snippets of old conversation [...]

    18. 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 Ireland and their life in France.It is an entertaining, easy read that brought back some very happy memories for me of holidays in Co Cork and Co Kerry and miraculously, for Ireland, wet weather wasn't an issue for Kerry and Bertrand, once they had survived the fog and damp socks on the first day. Bertrand sounds lovely, and [...]

    19. Since I am of Irish descent, when Kerry Dwyer contacted me about her book, she did not have to do much in the way of convincing me to review it. The title says it all, Ramblings in Ireland. I have been to Ireland twice, not on any walking tours as I am older now and walking great distances is not an option. While reading Kerry's descriptions of the places they were touring and walking, I could see the beauty of Ireland in my minds eye again. Such a beautiful country. I had to chuckle every so of [...]

    20. In Ramblings in Ireland Kerry Dwyer, born in the UK, but currently living in France with her French husband Bertrand tells a story of cultural differences, whether it's the language, food, hospitality or clothing, along the line of a holiday walk in Ireland. The book isn't about the walk itself, it's definitely not a travel book, no guide to local highlights. The daily walking tracks in Cork, shortly described in each chapter's header section look silly and (way too) short, in my opinion as regu [...]

    21. “Ramblings in Ireland” by Kerry Dwyer is a great title for this casual yet rather in depth hike through the author’s mind, life and that holiday in Ireland.I came across the book via Kerry’s blog and when enquiring about reading it Kerry said almost dismissively that I would not enjoy it as I was not her typical target audience. Never one to take no for an answer and intrigued I purchased the book all the same and began reading with a sceptic and curious mind alike.All the more pleased a [...]

    22. Kerry warns us in the foreword that she rambles. Rambling can go very bad but Kerry manages to bring it all back to relevance. She paints the picture of her parents and Bertrand and their difficulty with maps and the beauty of Ireland in vivid detail. Reading Ramblings in Ireland is sitting down with a good storyteller and enjoying the journey rather than the destination. Despite the troubles they have in traveling together, neither Kerry nor Bertrand grate at the reader. They treat each challen [...]

    23. ‘Ramblings in Ireland’ with novel about a trip the author took Ireland with her husband. Her mother was from Ireland and she wanted to take holiday for a long time to explore Ireland. The novel takes you through their many experiences in Ireland from flying there, to driving on the narrow streets, to staying at different bed-and-breakfasts and getting lost on their walks. It was a great peek into the lush land of Ireland and since my father's side of the family is from Ireland and one day I [...]

    24. I am not usually a fan of memoir, but I’ve always wanted to go to Ireland and this book appealed to me. It is a memoir of a couple’s walking vacation, or “ramble” through Ireland. Each ramble not only allowed the couple to explore a beautiful, compelling country, but also deepen their relationship with each other.I found the book charming and easy to read. The style is amiable and approachable. The pacing is a bit slow, but it matched the mood of the book, and fit the theme. The descript [...]

    25. Ramblings in Ireland by Kerry Dwyer4 StarsWhen I picked up this book I was expecting lots of information about ‘rambling’ in Ireland, from the types of flowers to species of insects that were spotted along the way. I really wasn’t expecting to feel like I was listening to a friend ‘rambling’ on about, well everything, from French cuisine to peeing on a ski slope!Kerry Dwyer opened my eyes to more than just the scenery of Ireland. I also learned that going to the opticians in France is [...]

    26. Like most vacations that go awry, they are never forgotten! This is a travel memoir of author Kerry Dwyer and her husband, Bertrand, traveling to Ireland for a walking sightseeing trip. Kerry herself is British while hubby is French. Kerry doesn't speak much French, while Bertrand has trouble with English. That, in itself, tells you the humor that both will find in Ireland! Kerry did much research and planning before they left France. You know how the best laid out plans go? Not too well at time [...]

    27. I read this book for author for a fair and honest review.This book is about a husband and wife on their vacation from France to Ireland. It was not a typical vacation. They are walkers, kind of like hikers. They traveled different walking paths to explore the area. The book reads as if they were having a conversation with friends about their vacation. They get lost at one point but just continue on making the best of it, accomaditions get messed up as well. This couple just rolls with the puches [...]

    28. 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. You get a taste of the walks, bed and breakfast, pubs and the culture. When the author asked me to review it, I was was more than happy to. I have always thought that Ireland would be a great place to visit. Like the author, I am not the greatest at navigation,so I am as sure about planning at trip in the near future, hence I am not [...]

    29. 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 not [...]

    30. When I found out my husband, Joel D Canfield, was going to be working with Kerry Dwyer to get her book, Ramblings in Ireland, published, I was very excited to read it. We were able to spend a month living on Valentia Island in Ireland in the winter of 2005 when our youngest was just 11 months old.If I hadn't already visited Ireland, reading Ramblings in Ireland would have made me want to go. Since I have been, it brought back many memories of the time we spent there. Since the book mentions many [...]

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