Cameroon with Egbert

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Flamingo, 1999 - Cameroon - 282 pages
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Cameroon with Egbert tells the story of a journey through the remote areas of Cameroon undertaken by indomitable author Dervla Murphy and her daughter Rachel, accompanied by an endearing horse named Egbert.

During the course of their wanderings they are frequently mistaken for husband and wife, forcing Dervla to bare her chest to prove her femininity; they continually get lost, are obliged to eat repulsive local delicacies; are arrested, fall ill, are baked by the sun and soaked by tropical storms and, disastrously, lose Egbert.

The two women's charm, wit and sense of adventure shine through all these setbacks, which would have daunted lesser travellers. They eventually leave this laid-back, peaceful country with great reluctance, having been 'enspelled' by its beauty and the friendliness of the Cameroonians.

'Anyone who has read a book by this author will want to read another. She brings to Cameroon all the sympathy, wit and perception that we have come to expect from her.' Sunday Telegraph

This is vintage Murphy' Irish Independent

'This is the very stuff of travel' Irish Times

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User Review  - kaitanya64 - LibraryThing

Murphy is at her best when describing the history and countryside. I found her philosophical digressions into the African mind a little disturbing. I would still recommend this book for anyone who ... Read full review

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User Review  - danoomistmatiste - LibraryThing

Accounts of travels in one of the more prosperous nations of sub-saharan africa (PCI @ $1500). Why can't other countries in the region have rulers like this. Read full review

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