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Old 07-09-2012, 07:41 PM   #1
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novels describing early travel on canals, steamboats, trains

I have always enjoyed the beginning of C.S. Forester's "Hornblower and the Atropos" that describes Hornblower helping to leg a canal boat through the Sapperton Tunnel. Can anyone recommend novels that contain a significant description of early travel (within the first 20 years of development) by canal boat, steamboat, or train?
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Try Amelia Edwards' "A Thousand Miles Up the Nile", which is available in the MR library. Wonderful travelogue from the mid 19th century.
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Since you enjoy Forester, have you tried "The African Queen" yet?
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How about An Inland Voyage, by R. L. Stevenson? Tells the story of the author's canal trip through France.

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For something more modern, you could try The Wench is Dead by Colin Dexter, where Inspector Morse investigates an 1859 murder on the Oxford Canal (based on a true 1839 case).
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Thumbs up "African Queen" - Yes !!!!

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Since you enjoy Forester, have you tried "The African Queen" yet?
Wonderful !!

I enjoyed it even more than the film, which says a lot as far as I'm concerned.

Different, yes, but so satisfying.

Sadly not in eform (yet?) but well worth a few tree branches.
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You might also try The Great Train Robbery by Michael Crichton.
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Three Men in a Boat (To Say Nothing of the Dog ), published in 1889, is a humorous account by Jerome K. Jerome of a boating holiday on the Thames between Kingston and Oxford. Not quite like the others, but I still enjoyed it.
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Are you interested in aviation? You might enjoy Beryl Markham's "West with the Night." Sadly I don't think it's available as an ebook.

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Well, I'm darned. I've read that book twice (or maybe three time), but I never knew it was based on a real case.

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Well, I'm darned. I've read that book twice (or maybe three time), but I never knew it was based on a real case.

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Nor me. Thanks for the enlightenment.
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Try Amelia Edwards' "A Thousand Miles Up the Nile", which is available in the MR library. Wonderful travelogue from the mid 19th century.
Thank you, I will look at that.
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Yes, thanks, a wonderful book
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Thanks, I will look at that. R.L. Stevenson is an excellent writer. "Kidnapped" is one of my favorite books, and of course "Treasure Island" is a novel that includes a voyage
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For something more modern, you could try The Wench is Dead by Colin Dexter, where Inspector Morse investigates an 1859 murder on the Oxford Canal (based on a true 1839 case).
Thanks - it sounds like a good read.
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