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Discussion in 'Bad Dog Cafe' started by Bendyha, Jan 19, 2020.
Deleted. They were set on river, but not boat on river.
Row-Row-Row yer boat
Gently down the stream
Picture yourself in a boat on a river with tangerine trees and marmalade skies..
Try Cadillac Desert for the section about John Wesley Powell. Among other topics, the book tells the story of Powell's journey down the Colorado and Green rivers.
Same here. I live on the largest salt water lake in the southern hemisphere but it still seems predictable in nature compared to travelling on a river.
I've been an Arthur Ransom fan since getting Swallows and Amazons for Christmas in 1962 (I still have it) and they're still my comfort reading.
Oh and 5 of them take place on saltwater, but I don't want to make a fuss. ☺
Swallows & Amazons great books, probably one reason why I started and still love sailing small boats.
If you want a good read about river running in dories try~ The Emerald Mile
by Kevin Fedarko.
"On Golden Pond" A boat is prominent in the movie.
"An American Tragedy" Theodore Drieser. A boat is the scene of the pivotal part of the story. I read this in college.
Given your early life on the Thames, an obvious mention would be Offshore
by Penelope Fitzgerald. Takes place on a group of houseboats on the Thames. Won the Booker Prize in the year it was published, 1979. I’m a huge fan of her writing.
Another vote for "River Horse". I enjoyed it very much: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/58957.River_Horse
Thanks for that, I did not know the book. Checking up on it, I see it is based on her own life on a barge that looks to be very similar to the one I was on, a Thames estuary sailing barge. She was moored at Battersea reach in 1961, which means my parents would have passed her on the way up the river to where we moored.
I will order myself a copy of the book...Thanks.
Having lived and worked on the ocean my whole life, I would in turn view the ocean as very different than both rivers and oceans, although I have had some pretty hairy times on all 3 of them for sure.
Deliverance, James Dickey is surely a classic.
Powderfinger, Neil Young, a short river story set to music heh heh
The Reach, a wonderful Dan Fogelberg (saltwater) song set here in Maine ... a friend played it beautifully at his wife's funeral, I don't know how he got up there and did that.
one more mention, the Ken Kesey classic Sometimes a Great Notion, of an Oregon logging family and in which the neighboring river play a large part. (Side note, the title comes from Lead Belly's Goodnight Irene.)
"look out Mama, there's a white boat coming' up the river..."
"Big John's been drinking since the river took Emmylou..."
"but when the first shot hit the dock I saw it coming'..."
ah great lines from Neil and CH, gotta crank that one up today!
(sorry for going on a slight tangent)
I've been following this thread because The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn is one of my favourite books. And because Toronto, where I have lived my life, is on the shore of Lake Ontario, one of the largest fresh water lakes in the world.
The province of Ontario has thousands of lakes and hundreds of canoe routes, some of which I've explored.
Of course Canada and the U.S. were first explored by river. Fur traders of The Hudson Bay Company went looking for beavers all throughout the continent. There's an excellent history of this company written in three volumes by Peter C. Newman. I recommend Vol. 1, which covers the beginnings of the fur trade. History that's easy to read.
One day soon I plan on buying a small sailboat.