Janet's Reviews > Round Ireland with a Fridge
Round Ireland with a Fridge
by Tony Hawks
by Tony Hawks
May 09, 11
Read from May 04 to 09, 2011
I was disappointed, really wanted to like it. I didn't laugh once-maybe British humor is beyond me, but it seemed to me he was looking down his nose at the Irish, and seemed to think they were all nutcases-this from a man trailing a mini-fridge. It would have interested me more if he wasn't a celebrity attracting attention-seems like most of his rides were pre-arranged due to the publicity. It would have been a totally different book if he'd been anonymous and actually hitched rides; he whined whenever he was forced to stand on the side of the road and actually hitchhike. And there were way too any pub visits and too little about places and people he wasn't trying to pick up or impress. I mean, getting a ride from a man whose van says 'Swan Rescue' is worthy of a chapter, but he didn't even explain what the man did to rescue swans, or even say if he had a conversation with the man. I kept thinking of what Bill Bryson would have made of it. I got the impression the whole thing was an ego trip, and I wouldn't call it travel writing. I'd give it one and a half stars, because there were a few mildly amusing bits, and an occasional interesting piece of information about history, though those were few and far between.
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