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Eight Feet in the Andes: Travels with a Mule in Unknown Peru Paperback – September 1, 2003
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The book is marred in places where Murphy can't keep her Western judgments or personal prejudices from coloring her descriptions. Sure, it's her perspective, but seeing her list homosexuality alongside violence and drunkenness as examples of "Indian" depravity is a little startling. Especially in the second half, there are repeated references to the "stupidity" and "low IQ" of the "Indians," and the "intellectual dishonesty" of the entire country. Murphy dismisses the value of literacy in the Sierra when she discovers magazine vendors selling soft porn, calls Peru "a nation of hypocrites," etc. It's funny how she condemns the 16th-century Spanish accounts of Indians as beasts and savages, yet makes similar observations herself and complains that Peruvians having the nerve to drive their trucks through the Peruvian mountains is a kind of "desecration." It's also not clear how she feels able to gauge the natives' intelligence when she herself makes it clear that she has never bothered to learn more than a few words of Quechua. It's definitely worth a read, but brace yourself for some of the more self-righteously arrogant spots in an otherwise broad-minded account.
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This is an incredible book of truth and beauty. The adventure of mother and daughter through perils, hardships, and vast cultural divides is a great tale, full of awe and wonder. Read morePublished 3 months ago by dghuggs
It got awfully long, but the writing is excellent. I wonder why anyone would be so masochistic and it seems cruel for her to put her daughter through all that. Read morePublished 6 months ago by A. Kavanagh
Not as good as Ethiopia but still her vocabulary bursts with pictures, colours and feeling.Published 13 months ago by Rosemary S.
Great mother daughter adventure. Having backpacked with my daughters this adventure was very interesting and well written.Published 14 months ago by KarCra
I tried hard to read this book 3 times as it was given to me and came highly recommended by another traveler. Read morePublished 16 months ago by Jenneil Parks
Amazing trek by a mother and her nine year old daughter. Only read about a third of the book. Did not keep my interest.Published 17 months ago by Amazon Customer