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Cameroon With Egbert Paperback – 15 Nov 1999

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Product details

  • Paperback: 304 pages
  • Publisher: Flamingo; New Ed edition (15 Nov. 1999)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0006551955
  • ISBN-13: 978-0006551959
  • Product Dimensions: 12.8 x 19.6 x 2 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 210,022 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Accompanied by her laconic teenage daughter, Rachel, and an endearing horse named Egbert, Dervla Murphy journeys through the remote areas of Cameroon following bush-paths from village to village. The two women are frequently mistaken for husband and wife – forcing Dervla to bare her chest in order to prove her femininity. They are obliged to eat repulsive delicacies, repeatedly get lost, fall seriously ill, are baked by the sun and soaked by tropical storms. Camping in the idiosyncratically beautiful Mbabo Mountains, where they seek warthogs, antelope, baboons and colobus monkeys, is a highlight of the trip. An unplanned and harrowing trek through the 'graveyard area' around Lake Nyos (a recent mysterious explosion has released poisonous gases, killing hundreds) results in their arrest, and towards the end of their journey they disastrously lose Egbert – the final stage of their trek is a three-day forced march covering 87 miles.

But through it all the two women's charm and good-humoured sense of adventure shine through. They eventually leave this laid-back, peaceful country with great reluctance, having been 'enspelled' by its beauty and the unfailing friendliness of its people. The resulting account is warm, witty and wonderfully evocative.

“This is the very stuff of travel”
IRISH TIMES

“Dervla Murphy is a celebrated travel-writer . . . she records every experience with madcap enthusiasm”
THE TIMES

“This is vintage Murphy”
IRISH INDEPENDENT

“Dervla Murphy brings to Cameroon all the sympathy, wit and perception that we have come to expect from her”
SUNDAY TELEGRAPH

About the Author

Dervla Murphy was born in Co. Waterford, Ireland, and still has her home there. Since 1964 she has regularly published descriptions of her journeys in the remoter areas of the world. She has also written about the problems of Northern Ireland, the hazards of the nuclear power industry and race relations in Britain.


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14 of 15 people found the following review helpful By Jkholubecki-france on 29 Jan. 2001
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Murphy triumphs again with a refreshing outlook on an otherwise little known about west African country. A desire to traverse the breadth of Cameroon, jungle, highlands and all, with just enough pre-planning to make it possible, the indisputably female Murphy travels from village to village with her daughter and Egbert, a local horse of a certain resilience. Sometimes relying on local beer for breakfast, always relying on Egbert, a well detailed account unfolds portraying beautifully life in the bush of a country whose ego is some way ahead of reality for the vast majority. There are nice descriptions of what are essentially typical mud-hut villages, with plenty of local contact to provide a good insight as to what these people do with their lives, as well as drinking local beer! Lovely descriptions of local flora and fauna paint vivid African pictures in the mind that leave you far removed from life in your armchair. All good travel stories have a disaster, which this does too, though the ending is a happy and fitting one.
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Honesty, thoughtfulness and humour and a wonderful ability to meet other human beings as equals. Dervla Muphy's books give me courage.
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By bub on 24 May 2013
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A Great book purchased for a good friend as a present. She loves it, and it came with great service
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By Lee on 18 Mar. 2015
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Delightful book, read it and enjoy.
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0 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Dee on 31 Jan. 2014
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Quick prompt service. Book in good condition. As staed in write up. This was a present for a friend and they were really pleased.
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