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Ethiopia and Eritrea (Lonely Planet Travel Guides) [Paperback]

Jean-Bernard Carillet , Frances Linzee Gordon
3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (16 customer reviews)

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1 Nov 2003 Lonely Planet Travel Guides
This guide explores the region's national parks, historical sites, tribal villages, modern cities and old monasteries. It contains practical advice for independent travellers, covering getting around and where to stay. It also offers details of the region's tribes and languages.

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  • Paperback: 368 pages
  • Publisher: Lonely Planet Publications; 2nd Revised edition edition (1 Nov 2003)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1740592905
  • ISBN-13: 978-1740592901
  • Product Dimensions: 19.7 x 12.9 x 1.9 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (16 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 931,548 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Amateurish, lightweight and badly written 27 Nov 2011
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
3.0 out of 5 stars Buy the Bradt Guide: it's much better 15 Sep 2006
By Henry
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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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars disappointing 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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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Geat book - shame about the cover 11 Jan 2004
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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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Best Ethiopia guide available 16 Dec 2009
By Mel
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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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Avoid 2 Nov 2008
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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4.0 out of 5 stars Fine and Dandy 22 Nov 2004
I used this guidebook for Eritrea. The walking tours in Asmara are a must and an excellent feature. The information is good the only drawback is that there aren't any maps for the smaller towns. That is where Bradt has the advantage. However Eritreans are charming so asking the way is a pleasure.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent guide book 10 Jun 2004
By A Customer
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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5.0 out of 5 stars Indispensible
I took this on a VSO placement to Ethiopia and found it essential reading,even though it was about 4 years old. Read more
Published 12 months ago by Shels
4.0 out of 5 stars as good as expected
A good guide as you expect from lonely planet, with the defects of all lonely planet guides (more news about hotels and restaurants than about art and history).
Published 17 months ago by laura palmucci
4.0 out of 5 stars Excellent Ethiopia!
A clear and concise book that would be an ideal accompaniment to anyone planning a trip to Ethiopia. Read more
Published on 13 April 2012 by M. Massey
4.0 out of 5 stars Lonely Planet
Like most if not all Lonely Planet guides, this book makes for a good read and contains invaluable information for visitors to, in my case, Ethiopia. Read more
Published on 19 May 2011 by Ray
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent guide book
This is an excellent guide book. We were visiting friends and the book led us to places they had no idea existed. Read more
Published on 3 April 2011 by Earth Girl
5.0 out of 5 stars Couldn't have done without it.
Recently visited Addis Ababa and couldn't have managed without my lonely planet. The maps of the city make it possible to find your way about easily. Read more
Published on 17 Mar 2011 by jackie osborne
5.0 out of 5 stars Still the best!
Lonely Planet guides are still my favourite when travelling round a country. Other guides can be more interesting, with better pictures and maps, but Lonely Planet details prove... Read more
Published on 6 Dec 2009 by PE
2.0 out of 5 stars A poor 2nd to Bradt
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... Read more
Published on 20 May 2009 by Dan "Wanderers!" Wicks
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