Walking the Nile

Walking the Nile

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The Nile, one of the world's great rivers, has long been an object of fascination and obsession. From Alexander the Great and Nero, to Victorian adventurers David Livingstone, John Hanning Speke, and Henry Morton Stanley, the river has seduced men and led them into wild adventures. English writer, photographer, and explorer Levison Wood is just the latest. His Walking the Nile is a captivating account of a remarkable and unparalleled Nile journey.

Starting in November 2013 in a forest in Rwanda, where a modest spring spouts a trickle of clear, cold water, Wood set forth on foot, aiming to become the first person to walk the entire length of the fabled river. He followed the Nile for nine months, over 4,000 miles, through six nations--Rwanda, Tanzania, Uganda, South Sudan, the Republic of Sudan, and Egypt--to the Mediterranean coast.

Like his predecessors, Wood camped in the wild, foraged for food, and trudged through rainforest, swamp, savannah, and desert, enduring life-threatening conditions at every turn. He traversed sandstorms, flash floods, minefields, and more, becoming a local celebrity in Uganda, where a popular rap song was written about him, and a potential enemy of the state in South Sudan, where he found himself caught in a civil war and detained by the secret police. As well as recounting his triumphs, like escaping a charging hippo and staving off wild crocodiles, Wood's gripping account recalls the loss of Matthew Power, a journalist who died suddenly from heat exhaustion during their trek. As Wood walks on, often joined by local guides who help him to navigate foreign languages and customs, Walking the Nile maps out African history and contemporary life.

An inimitable tale of survival, resilience, and sheer willpower, Walking the Nile is an inspiring chronicle of an epic journey down the lifeline of civilization in northern Africa.
Publisher: New York : Atlantic Monthly Press, c2015
ISBN: 9780802124494
Branch Call Number: 916.2 Wood
Characteristics: 338 pages, [16 unnumbered pages of plates] : illustrations (color), map (black and white), color portraits ; 24 cm


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Jan 17, 2017

Absolutely no literary value. Constant reminders of "when the English ruled, it was much better". Too much emphasis on current political issues (at time of publication) which makes the book a bore two years later. I left this book knowing no more than I started about the Nile. Total waste of paper publishing this book.

Mar 14, 2016

A good read, similar to Rory Stewart's The Places in Between. In fact there are a lot of similarities, both are Brits, both are ex-military and both overcome very, very challenging obstacles (going from one tribal area to the next) to walk where no white man had trod before. That we know of.
Levison does a good job of documenting his year-long journey. Quite educational.


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