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 regular long distance walker.
Excursions to a ledge forbidden in fog, ill prepared clothing for rain, not so useful meals for walkers, walking with poor maps and directions, and astonishment on the high prices for everything in Ireland. While reading along this booklet I often asked myself where it’s all about. Lengthy expositions on underwear, conversations with staff at break & breakfast locations and pubs.
Kerry & Bertrand reflect upon accents and accidents, family and friends, love and what it means to be alive. And speaking of rambling: Bertrand doesn’t mind getting lost – his love for Kerry grows seeing her going off the beaten track. She explores the cross channel cultural differences and rambles in the true Freudian sense. As a reader I do mind about the course it takes.
About the author
Kerry Dwyer was born in Yorkshire, England. She was educated in the Home Counties. She spent nearly 25 years working in finance in Europe and America before moving to South West France where she still lives. She works as an English Teacher to adults and writes in her spare time. This is her first book.