Will Ferguson: Beyond Belfast A 560 Mile Journey Across Northern Ireland On Sore Feet



Ogging through rain from one grungy bar to the next No amount of wit could make it feel interesting after 300 pages This was just what I was looking to read in anticipation of a trip to Northern Ireland though I have no intention whatsoever of walking than a few miles on the Ulster Way Canadian humorist Will Ferguson ndertook to walk the whole thing in now I can t find a reference to the year but I get the sense it was the fall of around 2005 or 2006 not so many years after the 1998 Good Friday Agreement established a peace that was still rather fraught He works a pretty good political and cultural history of Ulster a bit at a time into the narrative of his long walk and encounters with Ulster folk of all stripes He The Grand Sophy uickly learns that a single continuous Ulster Way footpath is a fiction a fiction that has since been dispensed with in favor of several highlighted segments and also solves at least partly a mystery about the origins of his Ulster grandfather His writing is funny self deprecating and even poetic while seeming effortless and conversational A great serendipitous find at the Halifax Public Library I thoroughly enjoyed it Highly recommended for armchair travelers and actual travelers to Northern Ireland As far as travel biographies go this one is better than most I have read Likely because Fergusonses humour and many Canadian references to keep the writing fresh The countr. D heartfelt look at one of the most misunderstood corners of the world As the grandson of a Belfast orphan Will also peels back the myths and realities of his own family history a mysterious photograph rumours of a lost inheritance The truth when it comes is both surprising and funn.

I wanted to love this book but it s the first Will Ferguson book that I ve read and have not loved I think that its major weakness was the length and structure The material was interesting and the stories were interesting on their own but I would have preferred fewer anecdotes told in greater depth I didn t need to hear about every single day of his hike every single village he passed through I really liked the ending when he took time to explore his own family and his history and I wished that he d tied this theme to his travels throughout the book instead of mentioning it then forgetting about it for a hundred pages then mentioning it again I enjoyed reading about the history of Northern Ireland but again I thought that these sections were disjointed a bit tough to follow and often lacking depth Some were wonderful though The section on Omagh has really stuck with meSince it won an award for humour and since I ve laughed heartily through his other books I also expected a lot humour While his travels were amusing I don t think he told them as hilariously as he did in past books and I only laughed out loud once or twice I met Will Ferguson a couple of weeks ago at an Author s event He is a funny and talented writer I ve read a number of his books and thoroughly enjoyed each one They are all so different from each other This is travel book in which he takes the reader along with him as. Offbeat charming and filled with humour and insight Beyond Belfast is the story of one man’s misguided attempt at walking the Ulster Way “the longest waymarked trail in the British Isles” It’s a journey that takes Will Ferguson through the small towns and half forgotten vill.

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He walks The Ulster Way in Northern IrelandEven though a visit to Ireland is on my bucket list the constant rain and soggy conditions certainly put a damper on my excitement to make that visitThis is a travel book much like Bill Bryson s books but Ferguson has his own brand of wit and humour dispersed in his account of this 560 mile trek across Northern Ireland on the Ulster Way I thought he had a good balance in his writing of the rich and troublesome history of Ireland and his own commentary on the local people and the hard to decipher English language they speak and telling Winners Dream us about some of the afflictions he suffered while walking this distance at times I laughed out loudToote Ferguson in summing O viziune a sentimentelor up his experience he says I think the people who designed The Ulster Way were so enamoured of the idea of one continuousnbroken circuit that they tried to force everything into a single route even when it didn t fit and yet in spite of the scabies and the food poisoning and the endless soul numbing planted forests and the near death highway encounters in spite of all that I thought of the rolling hills Harveys Revised English Grammar undulating landscapes thenspoiled beaches the scenic valleys the windswept heights To walk Ulsteryes absolutely To walk the Ulster Way That s a harder estion to answer I love Will Ferguson s travel memoir writing style but walking the Ulster Way in Northern Ireland mostly involved sl. Ages of Northern Ireland along rugged coastlines and across barren moorland heights past crumbling castles and patchwork farmsFrom IRA pubs to Protestant marches from bandits and bad weather to banshees and blood sausage he wades into the thick of things providing an affectionate an.

Will Ferguson is an award winning travel writer and novelist His last work of fiction 419 won the Scotiabank Giller Prize He has won the Stephen Leacock Medal for Humour a record tying three times and has been nominated for both the IMPAC Dublin Literary Award and a Commonwealth Writers’ Prize His new novel The Shoe on the Roof will be released October 17 2017 Visit him at WillFergusonca