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Round Ireland with a Fridge by Tony Hawks
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Jan 08, 10

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Read in January, 2010

This is a pretty fun read. I was initially skeptical that the premise - a guy fulfilling the terms of a crazy, drunken bet - would make for a good story. After the first couple of stops on his journey, I was worried that the whole thing would read like one long, geographically-ambitious pub crawl. But he managed to construct an arc to the story, giving character to each group of people he met, usually just in the span of a few pages. He also avoided making the potentially-dreadful mistake of treating the story itself with more gravitas than was warranted. His return to Dublin is without a lot of hullabaloo, and he doesn't attempt to inject a more profound message than the one he'd already established: the people of Ireland are a friendly lot, and a good story or wacky adventure can bring everyone together.
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