Walking the Nile

Walking the Nile

Book - 2015 | First edition
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Levison Wood's journey was 4,250 miles long, and he walked every step of the way, camping in the wild, foraging for food, and fending for himself against multiple dangers. He passed through rainforest, savannah, swamp, desert, and lush delta oases and crossed seven very different countries. No one had ever made this journey on foot. In this detailed, thoughtful, inspiring and dramatic book is recounted Levison Wood's walk the length of the Nile, during which he uncovered the history of the Nile. Through the people he met and who helped him with his journey, he came face to face with the great story of a modern Africa emerging out of the past. Exploration and Africa are two of Wood's great passions -- they drove him on and motivated his inquisitiveness and resolution not to fail. Yet the challenges that the terrain, the climate, the animals, the people and his own psychological resolution threw at him were immense. The dangers were very real, but so was the motivation for this ex-army officer.
Publisher: New York : Atlantic Monthly Press, [2015]
Edition: First edition
Copyright Date: ©2015
ISBN: 9780802124494
Characteristics: 338 pages, 16 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations (chiefly color), map ; 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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