July 29, 2009

Review: The Walking People

The Walking People
by Mary Beth Keane

The Walking People is the name for the gypsies of Ireland in the 1950s. As the word gypsy implies, they traveled from place to place to make they're living, never settling in one spot for long. Michael Ward's people are Walking People but he is different. He longs to settle in just one place. So at the age of 17 he travels with the Cahill sisters, the vibrant and restless Johanna and the quiet and resourceful Greta, to America where he settles down and starts a family.

There is so much more to the story than that but I couldn't really tell you what the book was about. It never seemed to get anywhere. Even the dramatic scene where Michael is in a mining accident failed to excite any interest in me. I did like the characters in the beginning but that faded once they arrived in America. It was dull from beginning to end. If the point was to represent the Irish immigration process of the 1950s then I believe it failed at that. I would have been more interested by reading a non-fiction about it. I'm disappointed. I had higher hopes for this one.

5 comments:

bermudaonion said...

Sorry this was a stinker for you.

Zibilee said...

I'm so sorry that you didn't like this one. I had high hopes for it since reading the premise, but hadn't yet read any reviews. I am sorry to hear it was really dull. The premise and subject sounded really interesting to me, but it sounds poorly executed. Too bad.

DebD said...

No fun when a book doesn't work out. This one sounded especially promising too. Thanks for the review.

Deb (coming over from Semicolon's blog)

Melissa - Shhh I'm Reading said...

Sorry this one didn't work for. It's hard when a book never really seems to find its focus.

Diane said...

This one sounded good to me; sorry it did not work for you.