Narrow Dog To Carcassonne

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Narrow Dog To Carcassonne

Narrow Dog To Carcassonne

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There's some lovely writing in here, and entertaining stories but I really did struggle with the lack of quotation marks. 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. You visit the France nobody knows - the backwaters of Flanders, the canals beneath Paris, the heavenly Yonne, the lost Burgundy Canal, the islands of the Saône, and the forbidden ways to the Mediterranean. There is not much plot to the book, it is a tale of their journey, with anecdotes, a bit of history and a good helping of fantasy and day dreaming. This year we want to go down to London and past the Houses of Parliament and up the Thames and along the Kennet and Avon Canal to Bristol.

In the morning the secretary could not remember what had been decided, or indeed where he was, so to be on the safe side he chose the narrowest gauge mentioned in his notes, which was seven feet.Aboard the Phyllis May, you’ll dive through six-foot waves in the Channel and be swept down the terrible Rhône. I found this writing style quite hard to read at times, as it was written as a stream if consciousness with no speech marks, lots of hyperbole and metaphors. The publisher also needs a review on how they choose books if this is the best they can come up with. When they retired, Terry Darlington and his somewhat saner wife Monica—together with their dog, a whippet named Jim—chucked their earthbound life and set out in an utterly unseaworthy sixty-foot canal narrowboat across the notoriously treacherous English Channel and down to the South of France.

You'll gain almost nothing informative in navigating, steering, managing locks, planning or coping with narrowboat life or travel by reading this book; Terry seems to assume you'll either know about this, or you really can't be interested. It was a little difficult to keep up with the narrative at times because there was so much information and a labyrinth of digressions but what I did follow was enjoyable and at times quite amusing. On the Phyllis May you dive through six-foot waves in the Channel, are swept down the terrible Rhône, and fight for your life in a storm among the flamingos of the Camargue. From the blurb I'd expected a more straightforward sort of comedy memoir in the style of Bill Bryson, but Terry Darlington's prose is almost Joycean - full of brief sentences, poetic allusions, stream-of-consciousness, foreign phrases and bawdy jokes.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. When they retired, Terry Darlington and his somewhat saner wife Monica--together with their dog, a whippet named Jim--chucked their earthbound life and set out in an utterly unseaworthy sixty-foot canal narrowboat across the notoriously treacherous English Channel and down to the South of France. 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. Aside from the commentary about daily life in France, the challenges of taking a narrow boat outside it's usual habitat and the quirky boating community, I particularly enjoyed the author's meditations on how history lives on.

The style takes a little getting used to but once you're over that, it's a fantastic read and very funny.My darling won’t let me, but who will quench the fire of inspiration kindled amongst these fine pages.



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