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Blue Nile: Ethiopia's River of Magic and Mystery (Adventure Press)

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Although Western explorers have been drawn to the beauty and mystery of the Blue Nile since Europeans first walked along the shores of Lake Tana centuries ago, the river was never fully mapped until thirty years ago. The river’s predatory wildlife and the force of its waters are so daunting and perilous that as recently as 1962, no one had succeeded in journeying its lengt

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Paperback, 336 pages
Published September 1st 2002 by National Geographic (first published 2001)
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Unwisely
This book starts out really interesting. History, culture, setting up an adventure. This actually takes about the first half of the book, and it's a page turner. (Ethiopia = interesting, dangit. See also Flashman on the March.)

But then they finally start on the journey, and that is actually the least interesting part of the book. The author spends quite a bit of effort setting up some sort of reality-show dynamic, where the reader is primed for some sort of horrible cataclysmic show down. This n
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Linda
Jul 16, 2015 Linda rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
This account of the first continuous descent of the Blue Nile (partly a trek past the most serious rapids) conveys the excitement of the trip, the beauty of the land, and the charm of the people living along the river. A distraction is the continual mention of interpersonal clashes among the travelers--a less than professional touch to this otherwise excellent narrative. There is much background info on geology, flora and fauna, agriculture, early explorations of the river, and Ethiopian politic ...more
Clare
It took me much longer to read this book than it did for the author to make the journey down the Blue Nile. However, it was not because it was a laborious text. I found the parts explaining some of Ethiopia's history most interesting as well as the descriptions of the people the boating members met along the way and the descriptions of a few customs and legends. The parts of the book where just scenery is talked about was a bit repetitive (probably because the flora was just that), but overall i ...more
Matthew Turnbull
Jan 29, 2016 Matthew Turnbull rated it it was ok
Badly written in many parts and conversions in miles to km is embarrassing oversight. She writes like she's constantly throwing toys out of the pram. Some of it is a good account and she paints a picture of encounters well.
Tara
Aug 10, 2013 Tara rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: abandoned
I feel like it should be worth reading, but the writing style is difficult to get engrossed in.
She seems to be telling you "stuff that happened" rather than sitting you down for a story.
That's nice and all, but after a Masters, I don't want to go through it again.
If you can forge through it, it gets better about 27% in; but I warn you, perseverance is a necessity.
Curtiss
Aug 26, 2009 Curtiss rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The story of a modern day trip down the Blue Nile from its source in the mountains of Ethiopia to is conjunction with the White Nile at Khartoum; spiced up with a history of the exploration of the river and the surrounding region.
Diane
Sep 30, 2011 Diane rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
I read this because it was the only adult book in the Library that
was about Ethiopia. I wanted to read something about Ethiopia after reading "Cutting for Stone".
It was interesting and I enjoyed reading it.
Roykate
I read this right before our trip to Ethiopia. Amazing story of a river rafting trip from source to sea on the Nile River. Beautiful stories about beautiful people in a beautiful country. A must read.
Lea
Sep 07, 2012 Lea rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Exciting and informative. What an adventure. I had no idea that this river was so mysterious and away from tourists. I know that I could never do this trip, but I felt like I was there with Ginny!!
Philip
Mar 30, 2009 Philip rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
A bit week and naive I thought. I like the book but as a safari guide, I thought she was a little unappreciative of the guides commitment to getting them home safely.
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Virginia Morell is an acclaimed science journalist and author. A contributing correspondent for Science, she has covered evolutionary and conservation biology since 1990. A passionate lover of the natural world and a creative thinker, her reporting keeps her in close communications with leading scientists in her fields of interest. Morell is also a regular contributor to National Geographic and Co ...more
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