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Muddling through in Madagascar

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“Everything about Madagascar is surprising,” as Dervla Murphy and her 14-year-old daughter, Rachel, found to their delight. Despite accidents, misadventures, contrasts and the political instability of the Great Red Island, they returned with a lasting respect for the kindness of its proud people.
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Published April 27th 1990 by The Overlook Press (first published 1985)
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Diane
Nov 26, 2015 Diane rated it liked it

I enjoy Dervla Murphy’s travel books. They are not guides and not books that might inspire you to travel. Usually she travels by bicycle, but this was not possible in Madagascar. Instead, she travels by local minibus, and much of the book describes the incredibly cramped conditions and terrible roads and terrible driving. This got a bit old after while.

I did like her encounters with the Malagasy or Madagascar people. She loves the people and, even though they are rarely able to communicate with
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Kathy
Sep 19, 2015 Kathy rated it liked it
Good read if you are heading to Madagascar (which I was!).
Donna Jo Atwood
Murphy has a love of travel that takes her down the roads less traveled. She and her daughter (age 14 at the time of this book) not only shun countries that are well settled and "civilized", but they seldom afford themselves of any little pockets of civilization in the places they do go.
This is NOT my kind of travel, but it does make for interesting reading. It made me interested enough to look up Madagascar on the internet to see what's been happening there recently. (The book was written in 1
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Sheila Hooker
Apr 13, 2015 Sheila Hooker rated it liked it
I'm going there in September, and I sure hope the roads have improved since this book was written.
Don  Smith
Who knows anything about Madagascar? And who knows what it would be like to travel here with a 14 year old daughter? Dervla and her daughter visit a lemur preserve and report that part of the problem of their survival is that they are considered to be very tasty.
Emilie
Aug 25, 2010 Emilie rated it did not like it
I have no doubt that Dervla Murphy is a really interesting woman. This book, however, struck me as being snobbish and obtuse. It's also out of date. Back to the library!
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The intrepid Dervla Murphy rides a bicycle through the poverty, chaos and wonder of 1980s Madagascar.
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Dervla Murphy is an Irish touring cyclist and author of adventure travel books for over 40 years. She is best known for her 1965 book Full Tilt: Ireland to India With a Bicycle, about an overland cycling trip through Europe, Iran, Afghanistan, Pakistan and India.

Murphy normally travels alone and unaided, without luxuries and depending on the hospitality of local people. When not travelling, Murph
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