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Posted August 2, 2006
I picked up this book on a whim...
while at the bookstore looking for a good read for my vacation. And what a treat it was. Mr. O'Hara's delightful and thought provoking story of his travels around Ireland in 1979 brought to life the many colorful characters he met along the way and his descriptions of scenes and places put the reader right there. The historical details he intersperses made me want to read up on Irish history. His struggles with Missie, his sometimes quirky and difficult donkey companion, added some comedy to lighten the long and at times lonely road. I loved the book from cover to cover and was just sorry when it ended.
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Posted April 26, 2013
Unique perspective of Irish life at the end of the 20th century
O'Hara captures the ebb and flow of life on the emerald isle as it was in its not too distant history. His feet on the ground story telling report the enduring humor,generosity, and unique Irish spirit (not unlike his pilgrim partner,Missie). The rythym of his prose allows for "picking up and putting down" with no concern as to the where,when or why of the story. This is a remarkable account capturing the ancient Irish personalityWas this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.