Down the Nile

Down the Nile

Alone in A Fisherman's Skiff

Book - 2008 | First Back Bay paperback edition.
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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
Publisher: New York : Back Bay Books/Little, Brown, 2008.
Edition: First Back Bay paperback edition.
Copyright Date: ©2007
ISBN: 9780316019019
Branch Call Number: 916.20455 Mah
Characteristics: 273, 7 pages : map ; 21 cm


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Jan 18, 2016

Enjoyable travel writing, written in a style I like. Having been to the area & travel camped (in other locations, not the Nile), her experiences rang true & brought back lots of good memories.

Jul 19, 2015

Her visit in 1999 is in some ways as distant as the travels of Florence Nightingale, whose letters she uses extensively (but I didn't find it too much).

May 25, 2010

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...

neko Oct 14, 2009

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