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 ...
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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Publishers Weekly, 1992-07-20 Irish world traveller Murphy's exhilarating account of her 1987 trek into the highlands of Cameroon with her daughter and Egbert the packhorse. Photos. (Sept.) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved
Publishers Weekly, 1991-02-15 Irish writer Murphy ( Full Tilt ) comes here as a neophyte to West Africa, though not to world travel, having roughed it in India, Nepal, Peru and Madagascar in the past 15 years. In March of 1987 she trudged into the highlands of Cameroon on ``a bush-path from Bamenda to N'gaounderesic , via the remote and wondrously beautiful Mbabosic mountains,'' in the company of her 18-year-old daughter Rachel and Egbert, a packhorse purchased locally. Her departure from the beaten path of tourism, and her frank preference for sleeping outdoors, give Murphy a special perspective on the African interior (``a warthog or antelope, met as it were socially, is worth ten lions viewed from a Land Rover''). This also affects the Cameroonians' attitudes toward the Murphys--because there is no man traveling with them, the author is continually assumed to be Rachel's father or husband, and finally she takes to unbuttoning her shirt whenever introduced. The troupe is nothing if not doughty; Rachel's malaria delays their itinerary but does not alter their route; when Egbert stampedes, they learn they can move faster without him, although they miss his company. Murphy's sense of adventure is exhilarating, and usually her prose is a match for it. Photos. (Apr.)
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