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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.
Published April 27th 1990 by Overlook TP (first published 1985)
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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
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.
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 It's also out of date.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!
David Bales
The intrepid Dervla Murphy rides a bicycle through the poverty, chaos and wonder of 1980s Madagascar.
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Murphy grew up in the small town of Lismore, County Waterford, to parents she describes as "Dublin bourgeoisie". Her father was the local librarian and her mother suffered from rheumatoid arthritis. From an early age she wanted to travel; she claims that for her tenth birthday she received an atlas and a bicycle and decided to cycle to India. However, she left school at 14 and spent much of the ne ...more
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