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  • Paperback: 404 pages
  • Publisher: Lonely Planet Publications; 3rd Revised edition edition (1 Nov. 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1741044367
  • ISBN-13: 978-1741044362
  • Product Dimensions: 2.5 x 12.7 x 19.7 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (17 customer reviews)
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Phileas_Flogg on 27 Nov. 2011
Format: Paperback
It would be wrong to say that the decline in the standards of Lonely Planet began with the BBC Worldwide takeover but, if quality was already declining, this book is a prime illustration of how bad things have been allowed to get under new ownership.

Whilst I am no lover of the Bradt imprint or of its Ethiopian edition, as we carried both books with us on our recent tour to Ethiopia, I can say from experience that this guide was more useful for swatting bugs than telling us anything very useful. By comparison with Bradt, it is light on detail and heavy on the kind of gimmicky language that is designed to make 20 somethings feel comfortable but proper grown-ups in their 30's and beyond, alienated. Worst of all, in an attempt to pander to a more juvenile audience, the content is often culturally insensitive and downright disrespectful. Take, for instance, the commentary on Yemrehanna Kristos, a magical place which features a church built in a cave and inspires nothing but awe at the deep spirituality of the people that built this place hundreds of years ago and those pilgrims who worship here even today. The best LP can come up with is "this is a beautiful churh with a friendly priest and, for the macarbre, there's even a bunch of dead dudes hanging out here". What they are referring to is an area at the back of the cave where the remarkably well preserved remains of pilgrims over the centuries are strewn. This is a remarkable and moving place which deserves a high degree of cultural understanding of these strange practices, not flippant comments about death which create the kind of disrespect that encourages practical jokes and photos destined to entertain Facebook friends.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Henry on 15 Sept. 2006
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This book's a reasonable guide, but is eclipsed by the brilliantly written and hugely informative Bradt Guide. We took both books to Ethiopia (09/2006) and found the Bradt one to be far superior.
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Robert Della-Sala on 11 Jan. 2004
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I travelled in Ethiopia between 19/12/03 and 4/1/04 - just after this new edition came out. The cover is boring and so un-Ethiopia but the content was very accurate and uptodate.
Some good "legends" and local stories. Recommend that if going to Ethiopia you also get hold of a copy of Graham Hancock's "Lords of poverty" - easilt attainablein Addis Abba -even if you can't get it on Amazon !
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Rhiannon Batten on 13 Feb. 2010
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I'm usually a fan of Lonely Planet guides but this one seemed to have a lot of very basic factual errors - in the text and on the maps. If I was going again I'd take the current Bradt guide instead.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By D. Campbell on 2 Nov. 2008
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Pants. Avoid unless you are specifically going to both countries and cant bear to carry two books.

Fairly good info for Ethiopia's historical circuit but even there the writing style is appalling and gushy with far too many completely!! innapropriate!!! exclamation marks!!!!

Is also now quite outdated - factor prices up by X2 and features several hotels which no longer exist and restaurants which have gone markedly downhill.

The book really falls down on its claims to inform about Dijibouti and Eritrea however, which are cursory and just feel as if they have been tacked on in a cynical attempt to tap a market.

The chapter on Asmara, capital of Eritrea, is particularly bad. In one of the most architecturally extaordinary cities on earth, the notes have clearly been cribbed from another book with zero understanding or appreciation for their subject matter.

And, as i discovered to my cost, the airport is not ten minutes from the nearest bus service - its half an hour with a heavy back pack in pitch darkness. Thanks boys!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Mel on 16 Dec. 2009
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The latest Lonely Planet "Ethiopia & Eritrea" guide offers detailed, useful and up-to-date information. On top of that it is written in quite an entertaining style.
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This guide is either aimed at gap-year studens hell-bend on rushing through with no interest in the people of Ethiopia or it has been written in such a rush as to miss out vital information!

The info it does contain is out of date (as of Feb 2007) and the writing style lacks clarity and purpose.

If you want to blast thru, see the top 3 tourist spots and then shoot off without really seeing Ethiopia, then by all means buy this guide.

If not, buy Bradt guides, they're much more reliable and comprehensively better researched and written.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 10 Jun. 2004
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I spent a month in Ethiopia (March 2004) and found this book to be both accurate and informative. I would recommend it to everybody. Ethiopia is a most fascinating country and definitely worth a visit. This book provides all the information to take away the worries and hassles and makes you really enjoy your holiday.
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