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Posted October 24, 2009
"Narrow Dog to Indian River" good for an offbeat armchair adventure
"Narrow Dog to Indian River" is Terry and Monica Darlington's follow-up work to their "Narrow Dog to Carcassonne," published in 2005. These books detail the Darlington's adventures aboard their English narrowboat The Phyllis May with their whippet Jim, in the first book motoring their way through English and French canals with a crossing of the English Channel in between, in the second traveling down the U.S Intercoastal Waterway. Terry Darlington,just seventy at the start of the book, is crusty and idiosyncratic and at times very funny in his writing, quite British in his outlook, at times fairly caustic regarding absurdities he encounters on these travels. If you like this sort of writing--somewhat in the tradition of Paul Theroux and Bill Bryson but on a smaller scale--these are terrific books which we thoroughly enjoyed. We look forward to reading the Darlington's next adventures.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
So much fun!
Being boater, being possessed by a dog, and having travelled the Midi Canal in a narrow boat myself, I was immediately drawn to the first book, "Narrow Dog to Carcassonne". I thoroughly enjoyed that book and was not disappointed by the sequel, "Narrow Dog to Indian River". The story of Terry and Monica Darlington and their dog, JIM, traveling along the Intercostal Waterway in an English narrow boat is as unique as is their mode of travel. Their self-deprecating sense of humor and personal viewpoint give the story a wonderfully eccentric point of view. This is a funny, lighthearted travel story, describing their adventures the water and on the shore and recounting their impressions of the people, weather, climate and geography, all in good humor. If you like boats, or waterways, or people, or dogs, or the South, you will enjoy this book. My greatest disappointment of this book is shared by the first; the story ended too soon. It was so much fun!Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
I am eagerly, awaiting the next chapter!
Posted September 22, 2009
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