Official Review: I once had a Farm in Ireland

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Official Review: I once had a Farm in Ireland

Post by Sahani Nimandra » 13 Apr 2019, 02:31

[Following is an official OnlineBookClub.org review of "I once had a Farm in Ireland" by Siggy Buckley.]
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4 out of 4 stars
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Ok, people, let's get this started! I know you must be wondering why a German city girl then a high school teacher moved to Ireland. I lived my life on the fast lane, had a classy home, and loved spending my evenings in a coffee shop: so what was I doing on an Irish farm?

Living The Organic Lifestyle was a big deal to my then-husband who was a CPA. We had a strong leniency toward the Green party and were concern about the deteriorating environmental conditions, especially after the nuclear disaster. Ireland became the land of his dreams, but I knew nothing about Ireland. As any supportive wife does, I stood by his side, but life turned out to be wholly unexpected. Farms in Ireland are alluringly beautiful, yet the lifestyle consists of never-ending work. We produced a variety of food while learning new skills to make a living. It can be somebody’s dream, but a nightmare for others: this is a memoir of a farmer’s ex-wife.

I Once Had a Farm in Ireland will give you a candid account about the story of a city family emigrating from their home country to the sticks of Ireland in search of a better life. Siggy Buckley exposes the utmost truth about farming life: the good, the bad, and the ugly. Written in the first person's perspective, it's a 236 pages read that consists of 78 short chapters plus an epilogue. Readers who have a keen interest in rural theme, country life, and an honest outlook will find this read refreshing.

Taking us back to the 1970s, Buckley relates the economical, political, and social issues that compelled them to leave Germany. Buckley noted historical references that took place in West Europe: the fall of Berlin Wall, religious conflicts between Protestants and Christians, Chernobyl's nuclear disaster, and the post-Cold War tensions. Readers can observe the vast cultural, weather, lifestyle diversity between Ireland and Germany. Readers who had direct, eye to eye, experience as Buckley will find themselves on equal grounds.

Using a direct communicational tone, Buckley welcomes her readers to be her prime witnesses throughout her life spent in Ireland. Buckley used Irish slang as a means of communicating the Irish culture, such as, my arse in parsley. Unlike a general memoir, it's an eloquent read that acts as a personal guide for farming which proves to be insightful. The first chapter, How It All Started, gives a brief synopsis about Buckley's life during her stay in Ireland. The follow-up chapters giveaway a more elaborate account on when, where, how and why. This read has its surprising moments and fair share of humor, such as,
A neighbor brought us the new pup when it was about eight weeks old. We named her Brandy, “So, will the next one be called Whiskey?” (p.63)
This could be anyone's story from personal growth to awareness, that deserves 4 out of 4 stars. Buckley's effort to embrace change is admirable which doesn't come so easily to others. Its spot on, effective nature makes it easy for its readers to accumulate information on agriculture and farming: most advantageous read. Interestingly, readers can observe the farm's workload gradually overshadow Buckley's life indirectly losing her identity. It was an eye-opening reading experience that took its readers to a different era. I admire her effective writing style: her ability to give life to her words is evident, making it realistic. You may find the questions left as breadcrumb trails at the beginning answered by its suspenseful ending. Buckley was kind enough to include some of her organic gourmet recipes which were delightful. She recommends The Complete Book of Self-Sufficiency by John Seymour as a bible for readers interested in farming.

I wish to exercise the importance of including a List of Contents: gives a proper layout and direction. It would have been a beautiful and heartwarming value-addition if Buckley could include pictures about her time spent in Ireland. I noted Buckley used the term produce over product in certain sentence which puzzled me, such as, "We produced our own food: grew every kind of produce you can think of "(p.8). It's notable that this is a well-edited read, but contained minor typo errors. The message conveyed by Buckley to her readers:
Don’t live somebody else’s dream! You can support someone you love but not to the point you deny yourself your own needs and dreams.
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Post by kandscreeley » 27 Apr 2019, 14:02

Ireland certainly seems like a beautiful country. I would love to learn more about it as I don't know much. This sounds like a lovely memoir. I'm so glad you enjoyed it.
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Post by Sahani Nimandra » 27 Apr 2019, 20:07

kandscreeley wrote:
27 Apr 2019, 14:02
Ireland certainly seems like a beautiful country. I would love to learn more about it as I don't know much. This sounds like a lovely memoir. I'm so glad you enjoyed it.
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Post by Lunastella » 28 Apr 2019, 07:27

It must be so hard to make such a drastic change! I grew up in a huge city and I can't imagine how life-changing it must be to suddenly move to a farm. I think we all struggle with change, but it's often enriching. This must be a very inspiring read, considering the last quote you use. And I'd love to learn more about Irish culture.
Thanks!

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Post by Sahani Nimandra » 28 Apr 2019, 07:34

Lunastella wrote:
28 Apr 2019, 07:27
It must be so hard to make such a drastic change! I grew up in a huge city and I can't imagine how life-changing it must be to suddenly move to a farm. I think we all struggle with change, but it's often enriching. This must be a very inspiring read, considering the last quote you use. And I'd love to learn more about Irish culture.
Thanks!
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Post by nooregano » 28 Apr 2019, 12:11

I always love your review introductions. They draw the reader in! This sounds like a really good, solid slice-of-life piece with a lot of insights. Thank you for this candid, thorough and clear review!
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Post by Sahani Nimandra » 28 Apr 2019, 19:46

nooregano wrote:
28 Apr 2019, 12:11
I always love your review introductions. They draw the reader in! This sounds like a really good, solid slice-of-life piece with a lot of insights. Thank you for this candid, thorough and clear review!
Thank you so much for commenting! I'm glad you found it to be so.
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Post by Ronel_Steyn » 29 Apr 2019, 02:50

Not only a memoir, but a journey of self-discovery by the author. Her message seems to be a powerful one that many woman sacrifice their own dreams to support another's. Thank you for the great review. I'll look out for this one.

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Post by Sahani Nimandra » 29 Apr 2019, 03:44

Ronel_Steyn wrote:
29 Apr 2019, 02:50
Not only a memoir, but a journey of self-discovery by the author. Her message seems to be a powerful one that many woman sacrifice their own dreams to support another's. Thank you for the great review. I'll look out for this one.
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Post by unamilagra » 30 Apr 2019, 18:58

It's nice when someone can take a memoir of self-discovery and write it so it reads like a suspenseful novel. I like that it included historical elements from the times as well. Great review!

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Post by Sahani Nimandra » 01 May 2019, 08:46

unamilagra wrote:
30 Apr 2019, 18:58
It's nice when someone can take a memoir of self-discovery and write it so it reads like a suspenseful novel. I like that it included historical elements from the times as well. Great review!
Glad you found it to be so. Thank you for stopping by!
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Post by allbooked+ » 05 May 2019, 13:38

This sounds like a nice, realistic memoir! I thoroughly enjoyed reading your review - very nicely done!

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Post by Sahani Nimandra » 06 May 2019, 07:34

allbooked+ wrote:
05 May 2019, 13:38
This sounds like a nice, realistic memoir! I thoroughly enjoyed reading your review - very nicely done!
Thank you for stopping by! :tiphat:
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Post by Espie » 09 May 2019, 00:01

Change isn't that bad as it is even often meant for the better. However, nobody could say that it would always be easy. Thank you for another unique review!
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Post by Sahani Nimandra » 09 May 2019, 05:11

Espie wrote:
09 May 2019, 00:01
Change isn't that bad as it is even often meant for the better. However, nobody could say that it would always be easy. Thank you for another unique review!
Thank you for stopping by!
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