Dervla Murphy In Ethiopia With a Mule

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In Ethiopia With a Mule

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9780006547983: In Ethiopia With a Mule

Spurred on by romantic childhood memories of names such as Prester John, the Queen of Sheba and the Lion of Judah, and by a vision of Ethiopia as beautiful, dangerous and mysterious, Dervla Murphy set out on a hazardous trek through the Ethiopian highlands. She travelled against official advice and, during the gruelling journey, she was robbed three times. Yet the Ethiopians were usually hospitable and her dependence on them and increasing familiarity with their way of life broke down the barriers. Her growing affection for and understanding of another race became "the real achievement and richest reward" of her journey. This is the story of her journey.

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One of the supreme virtues of Dervla Murphy as a travel writer is that she is human. She needs her drink; she craves her cigarettes; she is capable of losing her temper; she smuggles things through customs. A more virtuous figure would be far less endearing. ( Daily Telegraph)

Dervla Murphy must be top of the intrepid class: conventional travel writers seem impossibly pallid by contrast. ( Financial Times)

An admirable woman ... She has a romantic soul and a keen eye ( Times Literary Supplement)

Dervla Murphy's credentials are more than a brave heart and strong calf muscles ... the fruit of these mature wanderings for my money puts her among the select travel writers of the last two decades. ( Observer)

Murphy's observation is acute, her self-effacement is disarming ( Sunday Times)

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A most intrepid travel writer goes on a perilous solo trek through distant and harsh Ethiopian lands.

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