Round Ireland with a Fridge
On his only prior visit to Ireland, songwriter/comic Tony Hawks had seen a man hitchhiking with a refrigerator. For years, he was wont to tell the tale during late-night drinking matches, and after one particularly heavy-duty night of partying, he awoke to find a bet scrawled pillow-side: a... show more
On his only prior visit to Ireland, songwriter/comic Tony Hawks had seen a man hitchhiking with a refrigerator. For years, he was wont to tell the tale during late-night drinking matches, and after one particularly heavy-duty night of partying, he awoke to find a bet scrawled pillow-side: a friend wagered 100 pounds that Hawks wouldn't travel Ireland for a month with a refrigerator at his side. Out of this stupid premise, a ridiculously amusing book was born. Quickly discovered by the Irish media, the thumbing Englishman finds that he and his box fridge are elevated to celebrity status, and there's no dearth of rides, places to stay or goofy people to meet, from kings to spoons players to locals who take his fridge surfing. As insightful about the strange inner workings of Hawk's mind as it is about charming peculiarities of Irishmen--it's doubtful that Hawks would have been similarly embraced by Germans, Italians, or the French--Round Ireland with a Fridge is an entirely silly, heart-warming tale told in a rollicking funny and refreshing style. --Melissa Rossi
Publish date: March 10th 2000
Publisher: St. Martin's Press
Pages no: 256
Edition language: English
, Non Fiction
, European Literature
, Irish Literature
I thought I'd read and really enjoyed this one, many years ago, but I was giving a high rating for a concept, not a great deal more.The content itself is remarkable in mirroring certain observations from visiting Ireland myself, and Hawks delivers these few sentences with pithy, unattached wisdom. I...
Read quickly and in some ways too quickly. In some places he came across as being disinclined to do the place-names the justice of looking them up and spelling them properly.
bit of a slow start but got better as it went
This is one of those easy-to-read, gently funny books that I can return to over and over again when I'm in need of cheering up, along with anything by Danny Wallace, Dave Gorman, Douglas Adams or Rich Hall.
Tony Hawks took on a bet and set out to hitchhike around the perimeter of Ireland, with a small fridge in tow, in less than one month. As an aside, I'll never understand how people who write this sort of book remember all the details -- even with a journal, I'd still get confused and mix up who/what...