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PDF ´ BOOK In Ethiopia With a Mule FREE å Spurred on by romantic childhood memories of names such as Prester John the ueen of Sheba and the Lion of Judah and by a vision of Ethiopia as beautiful dangerous and mysterious Dervla Murphy set out on a hazardous trek through the Ethiopian highlands She travelled against official advice and during Spurred on by romantic childhood memories of names such as Prester John the ueen of Sheba and the Lion of Judah and by a vision of Ethiopia as beautiful dangerous and mysterious Dervla Murphy set out on a hazardous t Dervla Murphy started her travelling career in 1965 travelling from Ireland to India on a cycle After this she travelled to many different places and is now one of the renowned travelogue writers In Ethiopia with a Mule is her fourth book in which she visits Ethiopia and takes a trek through the largely rural areas of the country With her is Jock a mule she picks up at the start of her journeyMurphy travels through the mostly underpopulated areas of the country and depends on the hospitality of the locals to survive through her journey She faces physical hardships indifferent hosts and outright theft Despite this her love for the country and its inhabitants seemed to conuer all The book mostly covers Murphy's trip and is chock full of descriptions of the scenery and its beauty She also describes in detail her reception at every single settlement where she rests on her way forward Unfortunately after the first time it begins to bore If you have heard of the beauty of blue gum trees and the hardships faced by her once it's than enough Murphy though believes in lengthy descriptions of every single moment of her trip which is often neither enlightening nor entertaining It does not help that Murphy's writing style is dry and unemotionalThere are some interesting moments in the book I specifically enjoyed the celebrations of Jesus' baptism the story about the rogue priest and the brief history of Ethiopia But mostly the book was just the same thing with mild variations of the same theme told in different words I think I infinitely prefer travel books where the writer is actually staying in a particular place for a while getting to know some of the local people and gets a better understanding of the local culture I am beginning to find 'ships that pass in the night' style of travelogue extremely wearing Of course this book is very well written with wonderful prose and excellent descriptions It is bound to give a lot of people a good return for their time But not me Ultimately it depends on why you read a travel book some read it for the adventure some for the elouent descriptions of the scenery and others like me to enjoy learning about a different culture The latter style should mandatorily involve at least a few local characters in a key role in the narrative If it's just about the author it's not really worth my time I do want to read a couple of other books by Murphy specifically the one set in Northern Ireland during the Troubles I don't think that can be made boring Or can it I'll have to see I also want to read about her experience in India if only to see what her experiences in my country were like But her Ethiopian journey has been very boring

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Ng familiarity with their way of life broke down the barriers Her growing affection for and understanding of another race became the real achievement and richest reward of her journey This is the story of her journey A capital travel book

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In Ethiopia With a MuleRek through the Ethiopian highlands She travelled against official advice and during the gruelling journey she was robbed three times Yet the Ethiopians were usually hospitable and her dependence on them and increasi I don't know how I managed to leave this in to read when I actually read it several years ago It is one book I would gladly read again Dervla Murphy travels through Ethiopia alone relying on the kindness of strangers and her impressive ability to drink people under the table and ride off into the sunrise the next morning While this journey is physically taxing and Murphy is robbed three times and often exhausted she ends with the same cheerful optimism and uietly cynical love for fellow man that make all her books a joy to read