Brigette Reviews The Longest Way Home

The Longest Way Home: One Man’s Quest For The Courage To Settle Down by Andrew McCarthy

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Describe it in 25 words or less. Andrew McCarthy shares personal insights as he’s traveling.

Any particular reason for choosing this book? I don’t usually read autobiographies, but I’ve always felt a certain affection toward Andrew McCarthy and thought this might be a good one to start with.

Genre: Travel/Autobiography

Who was your favorite part and why? I really enjoyed getting the know the man Andrew McCarthy as opposed to the characters he plays.

Who was your least favorite part and why? Sometimes his internal dialogue hit too close to home, but at the same time it also helped knowing I’m not the only one who feels like that.

Did it grab you immediately or did it take a while? I was instantly intrigued and became emotionally invested in the outcome.

What did you think of the ending? Refreshingly honest.

Did you learn anything? Andrew McCarthy is an excellent travel writer in that he doesn’t bore you to death with facts but instead finds interesting ways of getting you the information you need about the places he’s writing about.

Favorite quote: “It has become impossible for me to relax on a plane. Once carefree in the air, flying has become the receptacle of my anxiety and fear—an obvious desire for an impossible control. The higher the levels of stress in my life, the greater my yearning for such control, thus the greater my discomfort while flying. That I can see all this does nothing to alleviate my irrational response.” – Andrew McCarthy

Soundtrack: I’ve put songs mentioned in the book on Grooveshark and Rdio. And if you’re ever invited to an Irish wedding here are videos of the ceili songs:
The Siege of Ennis
Shoe The Donkey
The Walls Of Limerick

Who would you recommend it to? People who love getting an honest look into someone’s mind.

Number of unknown words: 5

Recipe:
Pisco Sour
Juane

Artwork:

Harris Hawk Painting
(source)

What do you like best about traveling?

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