Tuesday, 2 February 2010

Travel Memoir

Finished January 31
Narrow Dog to Indian River by Terry Darlington
This book narrates a trip by English canalboat down the Intercoastal Waterway by Terry and his wife Monica, and their whippet Jim. The Darlington's are very able boaters, but in their seventies. The book talks about not only the trip, but the people they meet along the way, the variety of weather issues that they encounter, and Terry's health issues.
There is lots of humour, and I found myself laughing out loud at some of his observations. Jim is a character with his own idiosyncrasies, and motivations, and often provides a way to begin conversations with the natives. Terry is often perplexed by the accents of the locals and some of the humour is due to this. I thoroughly enjoyed this read, and plan to go back and read his previous book.

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