Tuesday, October 27, 2009

Narrow Dog to Indian River

A septuaginarian couple and their whippet, Jim, navigate the Intracoastal Waterway (from Virgina to the Gulf of Mexico) on a Eurpean canal boat. A great travel book, and one I enjoyed reading. From reading the back, I expected a lot more action than was actually in the book. A lot of time was spent doing the things you'd expect any couple in their 70's to do: taking the dog for a walk, napping, relaxing on the boat. I think I expected more adventure and more interaction with locals in the areas they travel through. As a huge fan of all things Southern, I was looking forward to reading about how an older English couple interacts with Southern Americans. It took me a while to get through this one, which I think was related to the slow pace.

I recommend it to people who enjoy a travel diaries, but aren't looking for much action. If you are familiar with the Intracoastal Waterway or the Atlantic coast, you might have a particular interest in the book. The writing is also train of thought and hard to follow at times, but works if you enjoy his particular style. I went back and forth between enjoying the writing and being frustrated by not understanding how he had moved between paragraphs. It's a fun light read, but I think I would have enjoyed it more if I wasn't just familiar with the South as a whole but the Intracoastal Waterway in particular. My brother and father have sailed this area with my uncle and grandfather, and I think that I might have enjoyed the book more if I had been on that trip and could picture the journey. I loved the description of Savannah because I knew the places he described.

Check out their website http://www.narrowdog.com/ as well if you plan to read the book. I didn't find the website until about halfway through the book and it cleared up a lot for me to see a picture of the boat. I also love all the whippet pictures. Jim is too cute for words! Finally, if you read this one, note the map in the back of the book. That would have also been a big help in reading it, but my pages were stuck together and I didn't realize there was a map until the last chapter.

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