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Saturday, May 29, 2010

Book review...

If your'e up for a good travel read, I have the book for you.
Will Ferguson takes us on a walking tour of Northern Ireland for 560 miles.
This is no ordinary Rick Steves ramble through the countryside. It is a story about the search for a little boy in a very old photograph, his great grandfather, a Belfast orphan.
It's also the story of a troubled people and the struggles of sectarian life.
It is laugh outloud as well with characters and circumstances beyond his control.
The Ulster footpath which disappears without warning.
His love affair with 'Tayto' chips.
The ever changing of my favorite lines in the book is someone telling Will :"There's no such thing as bad weather, just the wrong clothing".
Will's descriptive writing took me back to some of the places I travelled through as well.
So prepare to slog through the bogs, meet some unforgettable people, be haunted by ghosts in the forest, learn some history and have a great laugh along the way.

1 comment:

Sherry O'Keefe said...

this sounds wonderful. my father reads (and collects) every book on ireland and the irish, so it gets hard to find something he hasn't already found first. thanks for the tip! in my family before we gift the book, we read it first. :)