Down the Nile

Down the Nile

Alone in A Fisherman's Skiff

eBook - 2007
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Rosemary Mahoney was determined to take a solo trip down the Egyptian Nile in a small boat, even though civil unrest and vexing local traditions conspired to create obstacles every step of the way. Starting off in the south, she gained the unlikely sympathy and respect of a Muslim sailor, who provided her with both a seven-foot skiff and a window into the culturally and materially impoverished lives of rural Egyptians. Egyptian women don't row on the Nile, and tourists aren't allowed to for safety's sake. Mahoney endures extreme heat during the day, and a terror of crocodiles while alone in her boat at night. Whether she's confronting deeply held beliefs about non-Muslim women, finding connections to past chroniclers of the Nile, or coming to the dramatic realization that fear can engender unwarranted violence, Rosemary Mahoney's informed curiosity about the world, her glorious prose, and her wit never fail to captivate.
Publisher: New York : Little, Brown and Co., c2007
Edition: 1st ed
ISBN: 9780316007313
0316007315
9780316007290
0316007293
9780316137676
Characteristics: 273 p. : map ; 22 cm

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Rowswell
Jan 18, 2016

Enjoyable travel writing, written in a style I like. Having been to the area & travel camped (in other locations, not the Nile), her experiences rang true & brought back lots of good memories.

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patcarstensen
Jul 19, 2015

Her visit in 1999 is in some ways as distant as the travels of Florence Nightingale, whose letters she uses extensively (but I didn't find it too much).

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valpro
May 25, 2010

Interesting, but this is a rather small story augmented by numerous (too many) quotes by Gustave Flaubert and Florence Nightengale... The author was trying to give her experience some connection with famous tourists who had travelled the Nile in the 19th Century...

neko Oct 14, 2009

January 2010 title

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