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Virginia Morrell is Full of herself,
This review is from: Blue Nile : Ethiopia's River of Magic and Mystery (Adventure Press) (Paperback)Virginia is a nice person indeed, as I met her one time in person, but her book is not full of passion for Ethiopia but rather a bashing of the trip leaders, Mike Speaks and Mike Borcik. I know them both as well, and know them to be truly professional boatmen who took it upon themselves to pull this expedition off themselves (with the help of Maurizio Melloni for logistics) and run a safe trip on a river that had nver been run successfully before.
I know this because I am mentioned in the book, as I worked for MTSobek at the time and was the Director of International River Trips during this project. Should Virginia had wanted to run this trip without any liabilities, she should have run the trip herself in innertubes! She was truly a poor sport and completley ungracious for all the effort and work we put into the expedition. She was willing to take unecessary risks and when she could not because of smart and prudent decisions by Speaks, she crie like a baby and turne her disgust into a book that is less than marginal, except for the beautiful photographs which she did not take.
As I mentioned at the beginnins of the review, Virginia is a wonderful person, she just missed the target on this book as well as the expedition.
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Initial post: Mar 7, 2013 11:13:05 AM PST
Schuyler T. Wallace says:
I have a different take on Morell's book. While it's obvious she was disappointed with Speakes' leadership skills, I thought she handled them diplomatically and skillfully wove them into the story of the trip. I found the abrasive relationship to be only a small part of her book and the river and its people to be, by far, the main focus. Any bashing that I see revolves around your comments about Morell.
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