Old Serpent Nile: A Journey to the Source

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9780006550280: Old Serpent Nile: A Journey to the Source

An unforgettable journey through Egypt, Sudan and Uganda to the source of the great river Nile.

stanley stewart is the winner of the 1996 thomas cook/daily telegraph travel book award.

Inspired by a dream ‘of boats and currents, of narrow riverbanks and wide savannas, and of the long, uncoiling river leading to the heart of a continent’ Stanley Stewart travels from the Nile Delta to the Mountains of the Moon in a journey that was arduous, colourful, funny and sometimes wildly dangerous.

Whether on a pilgrimage to desert monasteries, aboard a felucca sailing to the splendours of ancient Egypt, crossing the Nubian desert, meeting the victims of famine in Sudan, or narrowly escaping the attentions of the Ugandan army, Stewart tells his compelling and evocative story with wit, warmth and understanding.

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‘Stewart must now be considered among the very first rank of contemporary travel writers’
Robert Carver, TLS

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Late one night in Rome, Stanley Stewart found himself by Bernini's 'Fontana dei Quattro Fiumi, beneath the figure that represents the Nile. Its head was enveloped in a veil – an allusion to the fact that the sources of the Nile were the unknown. Seduced by this image of concealment and expectation, he resolved to travel the length of the Nile from mouth to source, from the moment of promise to the moment of revelation.

His journey, from the Nile Delta to the Mountains of the Moon, was arduous, colourful, funny, horrifying and sometimes wildly dangerous. Whether on a pilgrimage to desert monasteries, aboard a felucca sailing to the splendours of ancient Egypt, crossing the Nubian desert, meeting the victims of famine in Sudan, or narrowly escaping the attentions of the Ugandan army, Stewart tells his story with warmth, wit and understanding.

At the heart of the book is the great river itself, constant, incredible, beguiling, source of life and of death to the millions who live along its banks. Evocative and compelling, 'Old Serpent Nile' is in the finest tradition of travel writing.

"Immensely well-written… as intriguing and as changeable as the Nile'
SUNDAY TIMES

"Like a cross between Eric Newby and Bruce Chatwin"
DAILY TELEGRAPH

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Published by Firebird Distributing (1997)
ISBN 10: 0006550282 ISBN 13: 9780006550280
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