Down the Nile

Down the Nile

Alone in A Fisherman's Skiff

eBook - 2007
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Baker & Taylor
Documents the author's dangerous voyage by seven-foot skiff down the Egyptian Nile, during which she faced civil unrest, local disapproval about women traveling alone, wild animals, harsh climate, and the unlikely assistance of a kind Muslim sailor.

Blackwell North Amer
Two hundred years after Napoleon invaded Egypt - opening the Nile Valley to eager scholars and travelers for the first time since the Arab conquest of AD 642 - Rosemary Mahoney embraced her own curiosity about the Nile. A rower and self-declared loner, she was determined to take a solo trip down the river in a small boat, even though civil unrest and local traditions would conspire against her along the way. Starting off in the south, she gained the unlikely sympathy and respect of Amr, a Muslim sailor, who provided her with both a seven-foot skiff for the first leg of her journey and a window into the culturally and materially impoverished lives of rural Egyptians - especially those of women, like his lonely and endearing sister, Hoda.
Egyptian women simply don't row on the Nile, and tourists - the basis of Egypt's economy - aren't allowed to for safety's sake. So once she had secured a boat and freed herself of companions, Mahoney left port in the dark of night; by day, she wrapped her head in a white cotton shirt and took on the intense Egyptian glare without sunglasses to escape detection. She endured blistering heat, a threatening Jimi Hendrix look-alike, and a terror of crocodiles while sleeping alone in her boat - all for the exhilaration of ancient ruins appearing suddenly on the horizon and the shock of a traveler's happiness that she describes as "a physical feeling of lightness, of weightlessness, like drifting on air." Whether she's confronting deeply held beliefs about non-Muslim women, finding connections to past chroniclers of the Nile, painting a vivid picture of a "creamy coffee-colored" stretch of the river, or coming to the dramatic realization that fear can engender unwarranted violence, Mahoney's informed curiosity about the world, her prose, and her wit never fail to captivate.

Hachette Book Group
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 dramaticm 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.

Baker
& Taylor

Documents the author's danger-ridden voyage by seven-foot skiff down the Egyptian Nile, an endeavor that is challenged by civil unrest, local disapproval about women traveling alone, wild animals, harsh climate, and the unlikely assistance of a kind Muslim sailor.

Publisher: New York : Little, Brown and Co., c2007
Edition: 1st ed
ISBN: 9780316007313
0316007315
9780316007290
0316007293
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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