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Down the Nile by Rosemary Mahoney
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Jul 04, 2010

really liked it
bookshelves: non-fiction, read-2010
Read in July, 2010

More than her experiences rowing down a portion of the Egyptian Nile, Mahoney skillfully and engagingly portrays her attempts at buying a boat to row in, and thus her efforts at navigating Egyptian society, particularly the way her foreign status set her apart. This is one of the better travelogues I've started reading recently - what I've discovered is that, unlike in my fiction reading, if I'm going to armchair travel with an author I need to really like them. Mahoney is a sympathetic and relatable narrator, who mixes in enough analysis of culture and history of foreign travelers to Egypt to make her day-to-day summaries more than just a summary of places visited and people met.

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