Thursday, May 3, 2012

Down the Nile--#27 finished

An interesting travel kind of book.  The author Rosemary Mahoney, travels to Egypt with the desire and kind of a plan to row the Nile river.  While a woman doing this at a river in the US or Europe would really be not that big of a deal, in Egypt it is very different.  The first part of the book deals with her troubles in just finding a boat that she can use to row.  She ends up not able to purchase a boat but befriends a sort of captain of a boat that also has a smaller row boat that he allows her to use with him following her.  Later up the river she is able to purchase a row boat under the guise it is for her husband and continues on the journey.

Along with what she is going through she also quotes earlier writers that traveled the Nile in the past, Gustave Flaubert and Florence Nightingale are the two main ones but there were several others.  These insights from the past really added to the enjoyment of this book.  Overall I liked the book, very interesting.

I will be posting it on PBS, I think there are still around 12 WL for it.  I am still reading The Secret Speech, The Apostle and Edgar Sawtelle.  Not sure if I will add another to the mix tonight or not yet.

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