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Following the triumph of thier trip through France to Carcassonne, these two pensioners (and thier whippet, Jim) now cast off in thier narrowboat down the Intracoastal Waterway of the USA - from VIrginia to theGulf of Mexico. "From the Hardcover edition."
ebook, 336 pages
Published April 28th 2009 by Delta (first published May 13th 2008)
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Jim, the whippet, does not like boating, but his intrepid, somewhat elderly owners do. This time, the threesome takes their British narrowboat (built for navigating seven foot British canals) to the Intercoastal Waterway along the southern East Coast of the U.S. Much wry and amusing commentary and many near disasters ensue. The author's ton and dry, sarcastic wit make this book read-out-loud funny. His observations of the U.S. occasionally made me wince, but were quite recognizable, and Darlingt...more
This is actually the second book based on a similar premise (a couple and their "narrow dog" take an English narrowboat abroad to complete a journey) but I have not read the first one yet. And once you get past the fact that the writer does not use punctuation to denote speech, it's really entertaining. The problem is that you do find yourself having work out when something is said or not, which is offputting.

The tale is amusing, and well told, and this is another well written travelogue that l...more
Julie (julie37619)
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...more
Kim Van Sickler
I started reading this book because I am doing research for a book I'm writing, but I quickly realized this book isn't going to help me much. It's a memoir written by an old Englishman set in the Atlantic Intracoastal in present day and the book I'm writing is a middle grade fiction piece set between Akron and Cleveland in 1844.

No matter. I kept reading because Terry Darlington has a stream-of-consciousness way with words that made me feel like I was inside the buzzing head of the very witty, wr...more
Terry and Monica Darlington (and their “narrow” dog Jim, a whippet) own an English narrow boat called the Phyllis May, which was built to travel through narrow English canals. Their decision to take the boat through the intracoastal waterway of the eastern United States turned into much more of an undertaking than they had thought. They began in Norfolk in the early summer, having sent their boat on ahead, and because of needed work on the boat and needed surgery for Terry, they didn’t actually...more
This got off to a slow start, but I enjoyed it in the end. It is true it's more of the same as his Carcassonne book, and his poetic, allusive writing style is one you either love or hate. You probably have to be British too, or at least to have been to Britain, in order to understand his sense of humour and the references to British culture.

Don't read this book if you want a technical book about the nuts and bolts of sailing a narrowboat through entirely inappropriate places. You won't find that...more
I didn't want this book to end! I love travel memoirs and this is one tracing the exploits of an English couple who sail their narrowboat (a canal boat) down the eastern coast (the Atlantic Intracoastal) along with their dog, a whippet named Jim. America is a "savage land," with its fierce sea and tides and currents that are a menace to the gentle sailing of a narrowboat. The wildlife and insects are a constant wonder and fright, and the people they meet along the way are their own special speci...more
"No one had eversailed an English narrowboat in the U.S. before -- for reasons that become clear when Terry Darlington, his wife,Monica, and their well-traveled dog, a whippet named Jim,begin a none-month voyage down the 1,150-mile Intracoastal Waterway. But no sooner do they set out in the seven-foot-wide Phyllis May than they encounter an ice storm inVirginia and piranhas in North Carolina. The Georgia coast is a madman's jigsaw and in Florida the alligators wait patiently for Him. But as they...more
Shonna Froebel
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 motiv...more
thoroughly enjoyed this description of the authors taking a narrowboat down the Atlantic Coastal waterway in the US. Lots of adventures, humor, and description of nature. I wanted to climb on board.
The sequel to Narrow Dog to Carcassonne in which a delightful English couple (Terry and Monica) decide to take their English narrow (canal) boat, the Phyllis May, across the English Channel and through the waters of France. The narrow dog is their Whippet, Jim, described as “cowardly, thieving, and disrespectful, and he hates boating.” The adventures continue down the east coast of the U.S. from the Chesapeake Bay to Florida and are utterly engaging, and absolutely hilarious. Once found, friends...more
I never did finish this one--it was on hold back at the library, so I couldn't renew it. I don't think I'll pick it up again unless a book club decides to read it. However, I like how different it is--the author, whose name I can't remember it's been so long, has a sort of short, choppy writing style that makes him seem more innocent or naive than the content shows he is. I also enjoyed his humor. At the same time, however, the first part dragged on. I maybe read half of the book and they still...more
Dec 21, 2009 Elizabeth rated it 3 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition Recommends it for: fans of monty python who own a dog
Shelves: 2009
english couple of a certain age and their dog (a whippet) travel in a narrow canal boat through the intercoastal waterways down south. the first third of the book is an interesting look at boating and an impressive display of grandma/grandpa'ness with snarky british asides regarding the southern US and its inhabitants. a lot of those asides are laugh out loud funny, british humor at its best. the middle third of the book becomes slightly repetitive in those remarks and settles into boring. by th...more
Much better than the Carcassonne book. Maybe I'm more used to his quirky writing style or felt on more familiar ground with the US locations but this was a lot more fun reading. I laughed several times and felt compelled to read several passages aloud to my husband. Not fond of the crudely drawn and not very helpful maps of the route and the lack of pictures. The extensive source notes also don't pinpoint the actual pages/bits being sourced. Looked up the website ( & learned t...more
The entire book was in blue font instead of black, the sentences were run on and on and on...and when people spoke, their remarks didn't have quotation marks around them. Normally this would make me crazy but Terry Darlington not only drew me in but kept me turning pages and laughing out loud. This book details the adventures of Terry, wife Monica and dog Jim as they traversed the Atlantic Intracoastal Waterway in a British narrowboat. The boat is 40 ft. long, 6 feet 7 inches wide and is designe...more
Sep 23, 2010 Judith rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition Recommends it for: Nitrorockets, Virginians,
Recommended to Judith by: Nancy
Picture a Welsh guy in his seventies traveling on a narrow boat...then add his witty wife Monica, Whippet Jim who doesn't like water and a cast of characters along the Atlantic coast. Then only thing that's hard is you need to read it slowly, partly for the blue font (wth??) and partly for his writing style. Darlington's humor is subtle, but when you've got it, it's a riot. Particularly his impressions of the East Coast--if you've lived here (or had a long visit near water), it makes it very amu...more
Otto Thebierdude
Another great read from the septuagenarian's and their narrow dog Jim, who have just completed more in one book than most people do in a life time. Its a rip roaring adventure from the crest of a wave to the gongoozlers at every port as they travel down the Eastern Seaboard of the Southern United States in the wake of hurricanes and tornado's and avoiding death at every turn! Here's to their next adventure, Dogfish Head 60 Minuet IPA and Pork Scratchings
Partly funny, partly poetic, partly interesting observations about the Southern east coast and its people. The author and his wife attempt to go by European canal/houseboat down the Atlantic Intercoastal Waterway (Virginia to Florida). Only annoying parts were when the author tried too hard to by funny -- he makes it clear that he only took the journey in order to write the book, so sometimes he tried too hard to make funny things happen.
An older British couple brings their narrowboat and their whippet to travel the intracoastal waterway from Virginia to the Gulf of Mexico - along the way they experience southern America and Americans in all their glory.

Found this book on NPR's summer reading list and it was great! Full of dry British humor (the descriptions of Walmart and American beer alone are worth the read) - very entertaining, the perfect summer read.
Michael Seeds
I thoroughly enjoyed this book although it is poorly written. I enjoyed the concept and the story and the people, but I found it confusing because important connective events were glossed over. Was there a health emergency? Was there a hospital stay? If they were important to the story, we need to know more. If they were not important, we needed to know less. I recommend the book and Darlington's other books, but they needed an editor.
Terry Earley
Nancy Pearl recommendation:

I could not get past the rich, clever Englishman making clever comments on his experiences boating in America. He wrote a previous book about shipping his narrow boat to France and boating the canals. This was a follow on to that.

Too glib for me. --maybe if I were a boater. 100 pages were more than enough.
Since we were liveaboard cruisers for close to five years and made many trips up and down the ICW, I was looking forward to reading this book. Quite disappointing. There are many details of the experience that were left out. Too much complaining. A very curmudgeonly view of the trip from Virginia to Florida. I'm inspired to write my own version: Sarafina to Indian River with Hobbes the feral cat.
Darlington pokes fun at gongoozlers, but I'd gawk too if I saw his boat coming downriver. He, his wife, and his whippet Jim cruised the Atlantic Intracoastal Waterway in their narrow English canal boat, learning about the American South, its friendly inhabitants and less-friendly wildlife. I loved the author's humor and good nature, and enjoyed seeing America through his eyes.
I found myself just not liking the two main characters and didn't like the book overall that well either. I couldn't really relate to them at all and I didn't find either the writer or his wife sympathetic. I did like the descriptions of the South and the people and I learned new things but sometimes was annoyed at the critical tone of the book.
This is one of the strangest books I've ever read! And fun! I want to read this again, because it's challenging! The fact that it's British makes the language challenging - I know what they're saying, but not what they mean!!! And I sure wish they'd included a map! Were they really in the USA???
Thanks, Emily! A GREAT gift!!
LuAnn Kinsey
I think the Darlingtons should have stayed home. His willingness to accept American hospitality then excoriate his hosts forced me to quit reading after about a 100 pages although I was enjoying the travelogue down the east coast. Curious if he also indulged in this type of bashing in his first book, but not enough to read it!
This man is totally insane - why take an English Narrow Boat down the US Intra-Coastal waterway, which is more or less open sea in many places? For what it cost to ship the narrow-boat from Stoke to the US and back, he could have hired something much more suitable. It's not even very well written.
Roy Sheridan
Darlington has a wonderful turn of phrase and self-effacing manner so that the narrative is always entertaining as well as enlightening. One suspects that, in reality, he has taught Jim to ghost write the book so that Terry himself can spend more time philosophising over a cool beer.
This is a must read for any "narrow dog" owner or boating fan. The author's experience with his whippet "Jim" is heartwarming and laugh out loud fun. His English description of Americans is right on funny. I had to laugh at myself ! This book follows "Narrow Dog to Carcassonne".
Sandy D.
Poetic stream-of-consciousness account of an older couple's journey on an English narrowboat down the Intra-Coastal Waterway (from VA to FL). My favorite parts involve their whippet, Jim, and the author's observations on the Americans and American wildlife they encountered.
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