Down the Nile

Down the Nile

Alone in A Fisherman's Skiff

Book - 2008
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"When Rosemary Mahoney, in 1998, took a solo trip down the Nile in a seven-foot rowboat, she discovered modern Egypt for herself. As a rower, she faced crocodiles and testy river currents; as a female, she confronted deeply-held beliefs about foreign women while cautiously remaining open to genuine friendship; and, as a traveler, she experienced events that ranged from the humorous to the hair-raising--including an encounter that began as one of the most frightening of her life and ended as an edifying and chastening lesson in human nature and cultural misunderstanding. Whether she's meeting Nubians and Egyptians, or finding connections to Westerners who traveled up the Nile in earlier times--Florence Nightingale and Gustave Flaubert among them--Mahoney's informed curiosity about the world never ceases to captivate the reader"--Page 4 of cover.
Publisher: London : Little, Brown, 2008
ISBN: 9780316019019
Branch Call Number: 916.20455 MAHONEY
Characteristics: 273, 7 pages : map ; 21 cm


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Travel with Mahoney as she journeys down the Nile alone in a seven-foot rowboat.

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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.

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).

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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