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Narrow Dog To Carcassonne

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One of the critics in the reviews for other books hit the nail on the head, however, by stating that all travel books these days needed a conceit of some sort. I read Your Dog Is Watching You, and Your Dog Will Get You in the End, and How to Stop Your Dog Behaving Like a Bloody Animal. We keep crashing into things and running out of fuel and falling in and people shout at us and stick notes on the door.

Terry Darlington was brought up in Pembroke Dock during the war, between a Sunderland flying boat base and an oil terminal. In 3 days at a conference overlooking the narrowboats on the Llangollen Canal I have nagged every one of my friends and other delegates to read it too. You meet the French nobody meets - poets, captains, historians, drunks, bargees, men with guns, scholars, madmen - they all want to know the people on the painted boat and their narrow dog.

You’ll visit the France nobody knows—the backwaters of Flanders, the canals beneath Paris, and the forbidden routes to the wine-dark Mediterranean Sea. The thing is you rope them up together side by side, so if one breaks a belt on the engine the other tows it out of the way of the tankers and car ferries.

Take one story about low flying fighter planes: the first description had them just 6 inches above the Rhone. There was a point 65% in that I wondered can I take more of this blather, but I had to know if they ever reached Carcassonne.

wasted pages trying to colorize a not very interesting trip - one in which the authors didn't seem to enjoy. A classic example of someone with too much time on their hands that think they have a talent for writing to supplement their pension - can only assume Mr Darlington either used some of that pension to fund this book or he is related to the publisher. Less like reading a book than being told a story by a very erudite, well-travelled and quite drunk friend over a dram of whiskey (or in this case probably calvados), at the kitchen table, at about 2AM, surrounded by crumpled cans of bitter and a dozen dog-eared books he wants to lend you. He asked what I was reading and I told him of the pain I was experiencing trying to get through Terry Darlington’s awful book about his insufferable trip on his insipid narrowboat the Phyllis May. My recommendation is if you're interested, maybe a canal boat owner, then try out the first couple of paragraphs or maybe even chapters and see how much you enjoy the viewpoint and writing style.

I thought it might have improved if they had sunk at the end but the only way to improve this was if it sant at the beginning! These cookies help provide information on metrics the number of visitors, bounce rate, traffic source, etc. It's described (as can be seen from the cover above) with words like "classic" and "comic" on the lines (I guess) of Three Men in a Boat or Bill Bryson's travel books, and some reviews are 5 star raves. Great adventure I dont deny but the writing style is more challenging at times, rambling, jumping and at times so off piste you have to double back to check you have not missed a page.The worst part of all this is that he has written a further book about his adventures in the US along the inland waterways from South Carolina to Florida and I regret to say that I'm intrigued with the idea. We loved the gangling shape and the long windows, we loved the curve of the bow and the front deck where you could sit, and the teak and oak saloon running on and on into the galley. This is about an older couple and their dog from England who take a narrow boat across the English Channel.

I would stand on the back counter, leaning on the tiller, musing upon our boatyard manager's sins and on the follies of the yard before him. The publisher also needs a review on how they choose books if this is the best they can come up with. A richly atmospheric journey suffused with summer heat and occasional cabin fever, reaching its climax on the flamingo-studded inland sea of the Camargue.After he finished laughing, my friend told me his policy was to punish bad books by leaving them, unfinished, on airplanes. Like Estuary ( reviewed earlier) I sort of enjoyed this book, but there were significant qualifications. So certain is he that we need to know about his trip to every pub and the number of steps up to every canal lock opening that we learn virtually nothing about the scenery of the trip. The style takes a little getting used to but once you're over that, it's a fantastic read and very funny. A tale of travel, travail, dubious wine, a balky pump, and a boat built for only a few feet of water, this exuberantly inventive and hugely entertaining odyssey of the spirit, senses, and heart will enchant lovers of France, England, and all that lies between.

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