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

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.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780316007320
Publisher: Little, Brown and Company
Publication date: 07/11/2007
Sold by: Hachette Digital, Inc.
Format: NOOK Book
Sales rank: 337,689
File size: 572 KB

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!