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Muddling through in Madagascar
Murphy, Dervla, 1931-
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Publication Information:
Oxford : ISIS, 1987.
Physical Description:
385 pages (large print) : illustrations, portraits ; 24 cm
General Note:
Originally published: London : Murray 1985.
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Booklist Review

Irish travel writer Dervla Murphy is gaining greater renown in this country with each passing year. As in her earlier works, this one takes us through a land that, although normally familiar to most, is in fact virtually unknown. In this case, it's the large island off Africa, home to the Malagsy, a people whose origins are in dispute. Traveling with her teenage daughter, Rachel, Murphy makes her way through the rain forests of the island, threading through her narrative the fascinating history (natural and otherwise) of the country. An excellent choice for travel collections. MPM.

Publisher's Weekly Review

Readers who have followed Murphy's adventures ( Full Tilt: Ireland to India with a Bicycle ; In Ethiopia with a Mule ) know she is a dauntless traveler, unfazed by the unexpected and physically able to face rigorous conditions. But the Republic of Malagasy (Madagascar) was a challenge. Murphy and her 14-year-old daughter Rachel made their way across and around the southern two-thirds of this fabled island, finding spectacular scenery and severe erosion; there was no reliable modern communication system or transport network, and sanitary conditions were best left unmentioned. Murphy interweaves the story of their adventures with an account of the island's history and its peoples. Nominally Christian, they retain an unusual form of ancestor worship and some animalism with complex taboos ( fady ). The author found them gentle and courteous, untouched by tourism and without a work ethicnearly everything on the island appeared to be crumbling, from infrastructure to education, under Malagasy management. This is a lively tale of adventure in an exotic environment. Photos. (Jan.) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved