New An Englishman Aboard by Charles Timoney
New An Englishman Aboard by Charles Timoney
From BBC radio 4 Book of the weekCharles Timoney is n English writer with French wife living in FranceAfter showing group of friends the rowing boat he has spent the last six months building Charles possibly unwisely ccepts challenge to travel the entire length of the River Seine from source to the sea using the boat where he can to discover the true FranceBut it proves rather difficult than he imagined Not Almost A Gentleman all of the Seine is navigable by rowing boat so he sets sail inton unvarnished France on variety of craft hitching lifts in everything from converted Parisian tourist boat to sailing boat with no mast He even tries out n mphibious vehicleAlong the way he encounters St phane carp fisherman with very strange habit grapples with rapids nd stubborn cattle rescues couple when their sailing dinghy capsizes nd discovers that rowing in the dark is frightening than he first thoughtWritten by Charles TimoneyAbridged by Libby SpurrierReader Mark HeapProducer Joanna GreenA Pier Production for BBC Radio 4httpswwwbbccoukprogrammesb02m An enjoyable little story Here by the Bloods about one mannd his boat long the Seine The uthor throws in bits of French history snippets of his life nd how n Englishman gets long living in France for many years There wasn t much ctual story but it was fun to read nevertheless We learn bit bout the river bit bout him Bound (Torn Trilogy, and getn impression of French life I didn t feel he was very engaged with his uest nd I felt the ctual rowing of the river was fairly unimportant to him I got bit of fun out of this book but don t expect great literature BOTWBBC Blurb Charles Timoney is n English writer with French wife living in FranceAfter showing group of friends the rowing boat he has spent the last six months building Charles possibly unwisely Loyalty and Lies accepts challenge to travel the entire length of the River Seine from source to the sea using the boat where he can to discover the true FranceBut it proves rather difficult than he imagined Not ll of the Seine is navigable by rowing boat so he sets sail into n unvarnished France on Fortunes Flames a variety of craft hitching lifts in everything from converted Parisian tourist boat to sailing boat with no mast He even tries out n mphibious vehicleAlong the way he encounters St phane carp fisherman with very strange habit grapples with rapids nd stubborn cattle rescues couple when their sailing dinghy capsizes nd discovers that rowing in the dark is frightening than he first thoughtWritten by Charles Timoney Abridged by Libby SpurrierReader Mark Heap Producer Joanna GreenA Pier Production for BBC Radio 41 Charles possibly unwisely ccepts challenge to travel the entire length of the River Seine from source to the sea2 Having located the source of the Seine further long the river the uthor takes his first purposeful strokes. From the Claiming Her author of Pardon My Frenchnd A Certain Je Ne Sais uoi this is the charming nd hilariously funny story of one man's ttempt to travel the entire length of the Seine by boatWhen Charles shows his friends the rowing boat he has spent the last six months building he little realises the dventures that lie head Several glasses of cha.
Towards the English Channel3 With the Seine now officially declared navigable nd too dangerous for rowing boat Charles Timoney continues his journey in converted Parisian tourist boat4 On his uest to travel the entire length of the River Seine uthor Charles Timoney meets Stephane carp fisherman with very strange habit5 Continuing Murder Go Round along the Seine Charles Timoney tries outn How Foreign Policy Decisions Are Made In The Third World: A Comparative Analysis amphicarnd stops off in Rouen Seuana pronounce sek oo ANN Alcohol Fuels: Policies, Production, And Potential a is the Gaulish Goddess of the River Seine The source of the Seine was called the Fontes Seuanae the Springs of Seuana by the Gaulsnd they built healing shrine there When the Romans took over the rea they built temples to Seuana Cambridge Modern History volumes 1-5 and continued her worship Her waters were Charles Timoneyn Englishman living in France builds The Heart Of The Hawk (Book 1) a rowing boat from kit Spices, Saints, and Saracens: The Egyptian Wanderings of a Dominican Friar, 1483 and then in moment of madness ccepts New Year s eve challenge from friends to travel the length of the River Seine This is the tale of his journey on which he is Empire of the Waves: Voyage of the Moon Child accompanied most of the way by his longsuffering French wife In sThe book is travelogue written in The Object of Performance: The American Avant-Garde since 1970 a lightly humorous style with insights into French culture life languagend history The River Seine is long 470miles776km Timoney writes Of Mice and Men about many interesting placeslong its route from its source in Burgundy which I have visited on through Paris finally reaching the sea t Le Havre My major complaint is the lack of ny map or maps in the version I read paperback not sure bout other versions though the publishers included several unnecessary I felt grainy photographs The only really useful picture was that of the coypu le ragolin n nimal we ve seen several times but failed until now to identify Apparently like the mink in the UK it s n introduced species that escaped nd now thrives in the wild As Francophile I wanted to know where Timoney was so I could I Was Anastasia add them to our must visit list so had to read the book with map in hand The confusion is compounded by the fact that he seems to retrace his steps in order to find transport especially Choice of the Cat around Paris uite understandable in the circumstances If they had printed even some simple maps this would have helped but without itt times I found it rather irritatingI enjoyed this book revisiting places we have been Three Cups of Deceit and learningbout many others some of which Sparrow Road are on our must visit list I velso learned plenty of new French words phrases A Banner With a Strange Device: A Novel of Boston and collouialisms to try out I hope One of my favourites has to be il est tomb dans les pommes he has fallen in thepples collouial for he has fainted instead of using the formal verb s vanouir which I didn t know either Another favourite was the expression un violon d Ingres hobby Ingres being famous French painter rather than musicianDid Timoney finish the challenge Of course he did That surely isn t plot spoiler However this book is Winners Take All: The Elite Charade of Changing the World about the travelnd the. Mpagne later it is New Year's Eve he finds himself betting he will travel the entire length of the Seine from source to the sea in the next year The Point of It All: A Lifetime of Great Loves and Endeavors and discover the true FranceBut the reality proves somewhat difficult than he had expected As Charles sets sail inton unvarnished France on variety of craft from steamers to police patrol boats.
People than bout his little rowing boat which was the cause of the challenge Understandably other river transport was I should have know better When the review on the fly leaf says I laughed out loud I should have known that it wouldn t It is described s A wonderful view of France s seen from the water The Neural Basis of Free Will and through the eyes of genuinely funny writer This is generous praise in ll spects It s mildly interesting view of France nd writer who occasionally makes you smile But I guess that in the main that is what most supposedly genuinely funny writers do I misread the early chapter nd read this book Locked and Loaded (U.S. Marshals, assuming that theuthor had Past Destinies agreed to row the entire length of the Seine in the little boat that he has constructed in his garage He hadn t The bet was that he would row bits of itnd find other transport for the parts that were too tricky to row He did that And therein lies the description of the book It s his Travels: Collected Writings, 1950-1993 account of that journeyThere were some interesting observations on the French languagend eually pertinent descriptions of If Wishes Were Horses a few villages townsnd some local customs nd place names Beyond that there s not too much to dd The style is very easy to read nd it makes useful holiday book that you can pick up nd put down randomly nd never lose ny essential thread of the tale You could easily read it in two or three sittings It took me lon It wasn t hilariously funny s described in the blurb but it wasn t bad read The plus points were mildly interesting if forgettable necdotes nd the book was well written As former yachtie I did enjoy the use of slightly technical words but I wondered if they would throw other people off Reminded me of my sailing daysThe Rainbow Brite: Starlite Saves the Day author failed to engage mend perhaps other readers with his great enthusiasm for discovering the real France by sailing the length of A Social History of Modern Art, Volume 2: Art in an Age of Bonapartism, 1800-1815 a river whosettractions didn t come cross for me t ll Much s I enjoyed the sailing terms I didn t enjoy the constant interjection of the uthor s French It seemed redundant nd The Unspeakable Mind a bit show offy Or is my total inadeuacy with languages despite six boring years of it in schoolnd lot of travelling showing Actually I m good with food language I can read menus in t least 10 languages don t want to get fobbed off with horse meat when I wanted beef steak Yes it happened I think you have to be upper middle class have petite gite en Burgundy Murder at Beechwood and know which beaujolais nouveau is worth drinking in order to reallyppreciate this book It seemed written for the insider than the plebs like meOther Francophiles nd enthusiasts of Peter Mayle s Provence books might enjoy this one lot than I did25 starsLeafmarksBookLikes This smacks of Lets think of something I can do so I can then write book bout it A pleasant book on travelling in France with the expected encounters with exotic French natives. To inflatables he encounters truffle thieving terriers nd obsessive fishermen grapples with strong rapids nd stubborn cattle Ask an Astronaut: My Guide to Life in Space and is nearly destroyed by cheese so smelly it comes with its own health warningThis is the charming Revelations from Revelation (Mass Market) and often hilarious story of Charles's uixotic uestnd the most uniue guide to the true France that you will fin.