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In Ethiopia with a Mule


The real acheivement of Dervla's trip across Ethiopia was not surviving three armed robberies or a mountainous thousand-mile trail, but rather her growing affection for and understanding of another race.

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The real acheivement of Dervla's trip across Ethiopia was not surviving three armed robberies or a mountainous thousand-mile trail, but rather her growing affection for and understanding of another race.

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Overwhelmed by the natural beauty and often daunting landscape, yet unimpressed by the people or the achievements of their country, Murphy, veteran travel writer and author of Cameroon with Egbert, South from the Limpopo, and several other works, travels Ethiopia on foot, bicycle, mule, and automobile in this, her 1968 account. Frequently drunk, occasionally funny, always indignant, Murphy is an original. But this volume is not; and the Ethiopia of 1966-67 that led to the original 1968 publication is not the Ethiopia of 2004. Time may often appear to stand still in Africa, and Ethiopia may be a perfect testimony to that impression, but 37 years is enough time for something to happen, even in Ethiopia. This work does nothing for the reader interested in the present and contains little of true historical value. But if you are a large public library with none of Murphy's works and are short on Eurocentric African travelogs, then acquire a volume and affix a clear warning label: "unaltered reprint of a nonclassic." Edward K. Owusu-Ansah, CUNY Coll. of Staten Island Lib., NY Copyright 2004 Reed Business Information.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781906011673
  • Publisher: Eland Publishing Ltd
  • Publication date: 10/19/2012
  • Edition description: Reprint
  • Pages: 240
  • Product dimensions: 5.40 (w) x 8.50 (h) x 0.70 (d)

Table of Contents

Map xii
Prologue 1
1. Finding my Four Feet 10
2. Tamely through the Tembien 31
3. Gunmen for the Guest 63
4. On the Roof 92
5. Timkat and Traffic 117
6. Gondar 138
7. Tribulations around Lake Tana 152
8. Vengeance is Mine 173
9. The Natives were Hostile 190
10. Mapless in Lasta 204
11. Wading through Wollo 228
12. Mournfully to Manz 250
Epilogue 272
Index 283
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