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3.0 out of 5 stars An opportunity lost, July 2, 2008
This review is from: Blue Nile: Ethiopia's River of Magic and Mystery (Adventure Press) (Paperback)
I have been interested in the River Nile, and particularly the Blue Nile for many years. The history of the Nile, the natural dynamics of the rivers pulses, and the exotic setting of the Blue and White Nile Rivers, are custom made for daydreamers and armchair adventurors. I was excited to find, and then to read Morell's book when I found it through a web search.

The descriptions of the countryside, and the natural resources of the country of Ethiopia are very good, but too limited for one like me who wants to know so much more about the geology, the soils, and the vegetation of the country. This is perhaps understandable, given the author's greater interest in anthropological resources as opposed to natural resources.

The photos accompanying the text, mostly if not all by Nevada Wier, are excellent, and help place the reader in the context of the arduous journey.

Descriptions by the author of the interactions with many groups and individuals along the 500 mile + trek are most interesting. These descriptions extend to the reader a very good mental picture of the sounds, sights, and smells of rural Ethiopia.

Unfortunatley, the author injected personal opinion and personality bias concerning the leader of the expedition, Mike Speaks. Having done so, the author, perhaps unwittingly, significantly dimishied the quality of her own accomplishments.
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Initial post: Nov 12, 2010 1:23:14 PM PST
H. Kenoyer says:
I found this to be a readable book with only one exception; The Authors constant rants against the Trip Leader that I can only assume were responsible for the safety of every one involved with the expedition. I would prefer the book had stayed with the reason for this expedition in the first place, Exploration of a river less traveled. History of the lands traveled through was thorough and of interest.
What amounts to the public slander of expedition leaders, seems in poor taste and more than anything makes for a wearisome read of woman brave enough to take this journey with the poor graces of the overly entitled.
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