"I very much enjoyed reading this. He writes simply and without undue sentimentality, but it is a beautiful portrait of a time and place very distant from the experience of most of us. Well worth a look."
"Good little read,better if you bought the first one it follows on. Worth a read."
A Wee Dander
by Kenneth Patterson
A Wee Dander is Kenneth Patterson’s second collection of memoirs and continues where Says You, Says I ended.
It describes his colourful life at sea after he leaves Belfast in 1959 to join the Merchant Navy, leaving behind the poverty of his Belfast childhood.
From Belfast to England, around the Scottish Isles, through the ports of continental Europe and further afield to Japan, the United States and Latin America, he comes into contact with a fascinating range of human characters whose views and behaviour shapes his outlook upon life.
A Wee Dander reflects upon the nature of friendships, sectarianism, loves old and new, lost innocence and first encounters with foreign cultures.
Gun-wielding Americans, escort girls in Japanese karaoke bars, a psychopathic galley chef, well-meaning but misunderstood strangers and international film stars filter in and out of its pages just as Ken moves from port to port, from one country to another, from one decade into another.
The recurring theme of A Wee Dander is the unresolved tension between the urge to travel and see new horizons, and homesickness and the need to return to the familiar, a tension which often leads to dramatic and drastic courses of action.
Praise for Says You, Says I
“He writes simply and without undue sentimentality”
“A beautiful portrait of a time and place very distant from the experience of most of us”
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