Down the Nile

Alone in A Fisherman's Skiff

Mahoney, Rosemary

Book - 2007
Average Rating: 3.5 stars out of 5.
Down the Nile
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 a 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 endured extreme heat during the day, and a terror of crocodiles while alone in her boat at night. Whether 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, Mahoney's informed curiosity about the world, her prose, and her wit never fail to captivate.--From publisher description.

Publisher: New York : Little, Brown, and Co., 2007.
Edition: 1st ed.
ISBN: 031610745X
Characteristics: 273 p. :,map ;,22 cm.


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May 25, 2010
  • valpro rated this: 3 stars out of 5.

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...

Jan 12, 2010

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