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3.78  ·  Rating Details  ·  36 Ratings  ·  7 Reviews
Paperback, 240 pages
Published September 1st 1989 by Penguin Books (first published 1988)
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Feb 11, 2014 Robert rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A rather naive young woman takes an ill-conceived sojourn into Southern Ethiopia during the 1974 revolution in that country. What she imagines as a romantic excursion quickly proves to be a major error in judgement. It is a departure for Liza Cody from her popular Anna Lee mystery series. According to the author, the book was based, in part, on an actual experience of her own. She wrote in 2008...

"It's based on a trip I made myself at a time of famine and revolution. All the places are real, as
Mar 19, 2008 Marsha rated it it was amazing
This is an amazing book that I just reread. It's a about a British woman working on a film shoot in Kenya who decides to drive to Ethiopia. She ends up in horrible situations with no transport, food or water. But she carries on. The writer must have experienced this trip herself because it is so real. It's a gripping story and I couldn't put it down.
May 20, 2014 Betty rated it really liked it
Shelves: crime, africa
Having read Cody's detective novels, I was curious about her stand alone novel. While billed as a crime/mystery, it is more a horror travelogue about trying to travel in Ethiopia with maps that misrepresent, unsavory travel companions, drought, famine, ticks, lice, heat, armed insurrection, etc. Among her observations is that she wanted to see attractions of the Rift valley, but she, as a foreigner, become the main attraction of the villagers. The children are relentless; the only refuge is the ...more
Jun 03, 2014 Lexi rated it it was ok
Shelves: random-fiction
Ugh--not at all up to Cody's usual. Vacuous protagonist, almost xenophobic in it's vicious portrayal of Ethiopia/Africa. And then nothing actually happens throughout the book. Perhaps it's something she just had to get off her chest, but quite a disappointment.
Sep 17, 2012 Peg rated it it was amazing
Really good read, and you'll learn a bit about Ethiopia and poverty along the way.
Nov 04, 2009 B rated it really liked it
Adventure story in the Rift valley of Ethiopia.
Jul 20, 2012 Anthony rated it really liked it
Great creepy travel piece.
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