Round Ireland With A Fridge
Ebury Press, 1999
Genre: Comedy, Travel
I am as vary of a flamboyant title as any discerning reader should rightly be. Luckily my little brother, not so nuanced yet, order this book. I happened to find this abandoned on one of my short trips back home. What can I say, one man’s junk is another woman’s treasure.
The title is not a click-bait (buy-bait?) at all. This book is actually about a man who goes around Ireland with a fridge. A fuckin’ fridge! The fucking eejit!
This is a book written by a stand-up comedian who I hadn’t heard about until I started reading this. It was interesting, because until now I have only consumed comedy in movies, live shows, or the worst form of them all – podcasts. This surpasses any book that has ever dared to call itself a comedy. This is beyond a forced situational comedy that one is used to, which uses vulgar sexual innuendos to justify itself. No sir, this is a book I wish I had read sooner.
I wonder why his Wikipedia is so barren? I also wonder why anyone reads On The Road when this masterpiece clearly exists.
I wonder further how a fan meeting would go. Now that the fridge journey is over, must we carry our own home appliances (because it is not about the fridge, ofcourse, but the fridge-philosophy) and get them signed by him? Cricketers sign bats, baseball players sign balls, and The Fridge-Man should definitely sign my travel sized kitchen appliance.
If this was done in 2017 instead of 1997 with all the social media exposure available, I wonder if this would still be considered a challenge. I doubt it – most (including me) would dismiss it as a PR stunt. Are we all too skeptical these days? I wonder if it was easier to trust people before the social media intervention – before every good/fun thing was just another photo-op.
My wonders should end here.
Except for the last one, is there a Fridge monument in Ireland? That would surely make me put Ireland on top of my priority travel list. Everyone likes to visit places from their favourite books 😀
I hope I am able to do something quite crazy like this. The inspiration necessitates a drinking session.
Until then 😉