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Round Ireland with a Fridge
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on December 12, 2001
McCARTHY�S BAR made me laugh out loud. I was given the book for my birthday. The remark �Bill Bryson without the boring bits�, on the back cover of Pete McCarthy�s book, led me to buy NOTES FROM A SMALL ISLAND and other books by Bill Bryson. Money well spent and more laughing out loud. A friend mentioned Tony Hawks. On the front cover of ROUND IRELAND WITH A FRIDGE the Sunday Independent warns that this book is �Not just brilliantly written, but far too hilarious to read alone in a public place.� I bought the book. In my opinion the warning is unfounded. I could not describe the book as exceptionally, magnificently, outstandingly or splendidly written, as the word �brilliantly� implies. And unlike the works of Pete McCarthy and Bill Bryson, this book by Tony Hawks rarely made me chuckle let alone laugh out loud. What puzzles and saddens me most is the number of reviewers giving this book more than a one star rating. I would give it no stars at all.
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on October 25, 2002
Author Tony Hawks describes his journey with the fridge as a pointless exercise. I was intrigued by the possibilities of his comical take on his Irish journey. After reading his book however I can't quite figure out which exercise was more pointless, his journey or my time wasted reading about it. This booked seemed to fail on all levels. As a travel book it offers little in the way of information. As a book to detail the Irish personna as seen from the outside he offers little other than "stage irish" observations which at times seem to be delivered in a condesending manner which befits his British background. Even as book written by someone who makes their living as a comic, I found few humourous anecdotes. For those looking for books in this vein I would recommend McCarthy's Bar or more highly No News at Throat Lake by Lawrence Donegan.
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on February 27, 2003
Having been a reader of travel essays since Paul Theroux's "Great Railway Bazzar" and dipping into the British travel books of the thirties, I think I can tell what is good and what isn't in this genre. What makes a for good travel book? Well, for armchair travellers, the descriptive power of the author always helps along with what they encounter and how they use it in their book. Theroux is great at this because he becomes part of the environment. He travels light,knows a bit about the place and is able to get the most from his chance meetings. Now about "Round Ireland...." I tried to like this book. Really. But the more I read the more fatuous it became. I'm very surprised that he found a publisher. In an genre where terrific books abound, please pass this one by.
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on February 17, 2002
Hawks makes drunken wager that he can hitchhike around the circumference of Ireland with a refrigerator within one calendar month. He whimps out on actually doing that and settles for being carted around Ireland by star struck Irish. Hawks takes a high speed tour and misses most Ireland. Hawks doesn't mind claiming to win the bet or selling this book about nothing. This book is not a good choice for people planning on actually visiting Ireland.
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