Down the Nile: Alone in a Fisherman's Skiff

Down the Nile: Alone in a Fisherman's Skiff

by Rosemary Mahoney
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Down the Nile: Alone in a Fisherman's Skiff by Rosemary Mahoney

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.

"A pilgrimage about pilgrims and holy places that is not only enlightening but also very funny." -Paul Theroux (on The Singular Pilgrim)

"Mahoney is a wonderfully effective catalytic agent: she goes to Ireland and just makes the country happen around her." -Jonathan Raban (on Whoredom in Kimmage)

"Mahoney, who has been rowing for 10 year, brilliantly juxtaposes an account of her own palm-blistering hours on the Nile....with the diary entries of two Victorian travelers-Gustave Flaubert and Florence Nightingale."
--Lisa Fugard, New York Times Book Review

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780316019019
Publisher: Little, Brown and Company
Publication date: 09/15/2008
Edition description: Reprint
Pages: 304
Sales rank: 532,607
Product dimensions: 5.62(w) x 10.88(h) x 0.82(d)

About the Author

Rosemary Mahoney is the author of The Early Arrival of Dreams, a New York Times Notable Book; Whoredom in Kimmage, a National Book Critics Circle Award finalist; A Likely Story: One Summer with Lillian Hellman; The Singular Pilgrim: Travels on Sacred Ground; and Down the Nile: Alone in a Fisherman's Skiff, a New York Times Notable Book. She is the recipient of a Whiting Writer's Award.

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Down the Nile: Alone in a Fisherman's Skiff 3.8 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 9 reviews.
SeniorLearn More than 1 year ago
Simply an incredible book. One woman wants to row down the Nile in a rowboat. Along the way she explains why, and the characters she meets, what Egypt from the water looks like, and how it feels to row a boat alone as a woman. I've never read a book like it and recommend it to anybody who will listen. I also ran out and bought every other book she's written. There is plenty of dramatic tension, and the incredible presence of the boat following behind her for some of the way. This would make a fantastic movie. It gives self reliance and adventure a new definition: read this book!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
The pacing, description, and fascinating narrative of this book is exceptional. You really do feel like you are with the talented author, Rosemary Mahoney, as she courageously carries out her dream of rowing the Nile. What a reader of people. How beautifully the environment is described. I was carried back in time and felt like the chips of colored pottery beneath her feet. And i was in every ripple of water she rowed. Exceptionally beautiful in every way. A must-read!
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Deb Payne More than 1 year ago
It wasnt as good as i thought
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kissedbyawalrus More than 1 year ago
I took this with me recently on a trip to Egypt, and had the pleasure if reading it while sailing down the nile. However, I sincerely feel that while reading this deeply pensive and beautifully poetic account of one woman's journey, the reader will be transported to the river in that same small boat, meeting the same nile dwellers and feeling the heat of the Egyptian sun while embarking on the author's vivid discovery of self, strength, and an often misunderstood culture's perception of womanhood.
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Guest More than 1 year ago
Do not fail to read a beautiful account of sheer courage!