Tony Hawks

Overall Rating: 6
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Author: Tony Hawks
Title: Round Ireland With A Fridge
Time: 1997
Destination: Ireland, UK
Length: a few weeks
Type: hitchhiking

betting on the absurd

[note: I’ve been reading a German translation of this book called: Mit dem Kühlschrank durch Irland.]

The story: We’re in the late 1990s. TH is a British music composer/comedian (not a skater!) who sets out to lug a refridgerator around Ireland. You might have already guessed it: he is trying to win a bet.

So he buys a compact fridge and starts hitchhiking. A radio station picks up on his adventure and supports him with regular broadcasts. Within a few weeks’ time, he manages to travel around the island, make a bunch of new friends, drink a lot of beer and become a minor celebrity.

Tony Hawks – funny or forced?

The book is okay. TH has a strong passion for the absurd, and his writing is humorous most of the time. Some of his conversations with the people he runs into are pretty enjoyable, as are his rather drunken insights into Irish pub life. There are times when it all feels a bit bloated though. Like there is nothing really interesting going on, only TH desperately trying to make something happen for the sake of the story. Taking the fridge out to go surfing, for example.

Anyway, it’s not a bad book. It’s fun (if only a bit forced). And it’s an easy read.

I’ll give it a 6/10.

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