Travels with Elly

Reflections on Canada by an RVer and His Dog

Non-Fiction - Animals
166 Pages
Reviewed on 11/25/2019
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Author Biography

50 years ago, John Steinbeck traveled across America in an RV with his poodle and reflected on his country in "Travels with Charley." Over a two-year period, I decided to travel across Canada in an RV with my poodle and reflect on my adopted country in "Travels with Elly." We differed somewhat on the importance of various features, such as tourist attractions and natural wonders, which Steinbeck felt were not representative of America; whereas I feel they define a region's historical or cultural identity and a country's geographic diversity. No worries, both books are worthy reads.

    Book Review

Reviewed by Gisela Dixon for Readers' Favorite

Travels with Elly: Reflections on Canada by an RVer and His Dog by Larry MacDonald is a non-fiction memoir about Larry’s road trip across Canada in his RV. In this book, Larry starts off with a brief introduction to how and why he came up with the idea of traveling across a vast stretch of land in a trailer, braving the weather as well as unexpected adventures along the way. He gives a character sketch of his companions on the trip including his wife Sandy and dog Elly, who provides her own perspective in the narrative. The book is then organized into several chapters dedicated to parts and places along their road trip in Canada such as British Columbia, Alberta, Manitoba, Ontario, Quebec, Prince Edward Island, Nova Scotia, and Newfoundland, among others. Throughout this book, Larry provides many travel incidences, anecdotes, personal reflections, as well as descriptions of the places they traveled through in their RV. The book also contains several photographs taken throughout the trip.

I enjoyed reading Travels with Elly and thought it was a witty, thoughtful, and at times humorous travel memoir. Larry has written in detail about the people and places they encountered on their road trip. The book also provides a glimpse into what life could be like living in a trailer, camping and traveling the road in this way. The engaging and fun writing style also incorporates the antics of Elly and pet lovers will surely enjoy it. The photographs complement the narrative and provide a visual representation of the events and places. Overall, this is a good travel memoir of travels across Canada in an RV and travel buffs will definitely enjoy it.