Narrow Dog To Carcassonne

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Narrow Dog To Carcassonne

Narrow Dog To Carcassonne

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Like many Welshmen, he is talkative and confiding, ill at ease with practical matters, and liable to linger in pubs. All too often it reverts to Daily Mail stereotypes of aren't the French odd, do lets remember the war, bash the EU and complain about not getting beer in pint glasses.

It's full of glorious passages and genuinely really funny jokes which only work because of the way it's written, and how much of the author's personality comes across through that.For instance, I think the boat was required to be escorted across the English channel, and I think that there is a relatively high cost for the escort service due to licensing, but this wasn't even mentioned. Despite developing a kind of mild dislike for the author who, I seem to think, used to be in advertising or PR or something similar, this was an interesting story. It has also reached the heart of a daughter-in-law who has lurchers - the big version of the dog in the story. Nothing wrong with the story but since I KNOW the USA, and can picture the places they went, it was just more relatable.

I have visited Carcassonne, Aigue Mort and Sete, and have been bitten by mosquitos by the petit Rhone, where we shared a swimming pool with frogs. On the floor of the Star Inn Jim was fighting to push his entire body inside a bag of pork scratchings. His references to places, people, poetry, art and movies and music sent me to look up things multiple times.They decided the size of the locks on the English canal system and then they had another round and started talking about girls. Then when I realized that Terry Darlington and his wife Monica were planning on taking their narrowboat over the channel, I was completely intrigued and all-in. On the Phyllis May, you dive through six-foot waves in the Channel, are swept down the terrible Rhone, and fight for your life in a storm among the flamingos of the Camargue. They don’t know much about boats, except have to steer, and definitely nothing about the mechanics of boat engines.

Written with the author’s glorious sense of humor, this is one of those journeys you never want to end. The channel crossing (and some of the wider rivers and canals in France) sounds harrowing to say the least.

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. I don't really know any of the places in France so a bot more background information would have made it more enjoyable. British bone China dry and very funny, often poetic, Darlington relates the charming and not so charming aspects of living on and maneuvering and flatboat through English and French canals, and a harrowing Channel crossing, with enormous affection for his wife but especially for his “ narrow dog”, a whippet named Jim. His love for his wife and for Jim, the Whippet narrow dog of the title, come through on every page; as does everyone's need to sometimes go off alone or become surly (dogs and people) when confined to tight quarters for long periods. While I try to use images that I create sometimes that is not possible and so I use publicly available ones from the internet.

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.When they retired Terry and Monica Darlington decided to sail their canal narrowboat across the Channel and down to the Mediterranean, together with their whippet Jim. This is about an older couple and their dog from England who take a narrow boat across the English Channel. 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. Jim sees Clive and Beryl as part of our pack, who sometimes make their escape owing to my lack of leadership and poor attention to detail.



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