Down the Nile: Alone in a Fisherman's Skiff
I had come to Egypt to take a row down the Nile. My plan, inspired by a love of rowing, was to buy a small Egyptian rowboat and row myself along the 120-mile stretch of river between the cities of Aswan and Qena.
I was also going to reference the fact that both Gustav Flaubert and Florence Nightingale visit ...more
As You Go Through Life ...
... travel lightly. You are not traveling for people to see you.
... travel expectantly. Every place you visit is like a surprise package to be opened. Untie the strings with an expectation of high adventure.
... travel humbly. Visit people and places with reverence and respect for their traditions and way of life.
... travel with an open mind. Leave your prejudices at home.
... travel with curiosity. It is not how far ...more
Mahoney is very intellectual and a lot of the enjoyment, for me, was the interspersed quotes from Flaubert's and Nigh ...more
Boston native and avid rower Rosemary Mahoney, once an assistant to playwright Lillian Hellman, has led a peripatetic life, and her writing reflects the breadth of her travels and the depth of her thinking on cultural matters. Previous efforts include The Early Arrival of Dreams, the author's experiences in China just before Tiananmen Square; The Singular Pilgrim, a spiritual travelogue; and Whoredom in Kimmage, a treatise on Irish gender roles. In On the Nile, the author writes beautifully of t...more
"In Egypt, a Western woman would never truly be a woman, nor did she quite approach the status of a man; instead, her identity was more like that of a pleasant but irrelevant animal like, say, a peahen or a manatee."
The trip itself isn't really the focus of the book; it's more about the people she meets along the way and her trials as she tries to navigate a very different culture. She's an excellent writer, and this book can be a quick read. I love ...more
She grew up in Milton, Massachusetts, andgraduated from St. Paul's School (Concord, New Hampshire). She worked briefly for Lillian Hellman.
She has attended Yaddo.
She has written for numerous publications, including The New York Times, The Washington Post Book World, The New York Times Book Review, Elle, National Geog ...more