Compelling account, in her usual down-to-earth style. I read it because I wanted to know about Ethiopia, but at times woried that I was learning more about the author. By the time I got to the end, I realised that in fact I had absorbed a great deal about Ethiopians, which I hope will help me when I go there.
Murphy's trip is a bold endevour - she sets off each day with the mule, and with no idea of where she will stay. Most nights she arranges accomodation with people she comes across, and depends on them to help her load the mule next day. This made me think hard too: most of the people she stayed with were very poor, and sharing thier meal with Murphy can not have been easy for them. But then maybe she offered cash even though she doesn't mention it - and then again, as she points out, at that time, cash meant little in most of the places she visited.
Anyway, it made me think, and provided an insight into the culture and circumstances of rural Ethiopia - at least at in the '60s.