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Madagascar Travels [Hardcover]

Christina Dodwell
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28 Sep 1995
During four months of travelling the island of Madagascar, Christina Dodwell rode in a horse-drawn stage coach, paddled a canoe on the south-east coastal river, laid plans to ride in the capital's Grand Prix horse race and witnessed traditional bone-turning rites. Travelling by ox cart and on foot, she enjoyed Madagascar's rich plant life and learned how this valuable genetic plant bank is at risk; and delving into pre-history led her in quest of one of the world's largest fossilized forests.

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  • Hardcover: 208 pages
  • Publisher: Hodder & Stoughton Ltd; 1st Edition edition (28 Sep 1995)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0340625635
  • ISBN-13: 978-0340625637
  • Product Dimensions: 23.4 x 15.2 x 2.4 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 2.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,874,980 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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4.0 out of 5 stars Madagascar Travels 6 Jun 2010
Having worked in Madagascar for 3 years in the late 90's , the booked brought back many memories of the intricate way of life of the Malgach,their customs and beliefs , which for me as a European was a complete contast to our materialistic and hectic lifestyle. I was very envious of some of the places that Christina was able to visit.This was an enjoyable read, totaly different from the usual norm of books and guides one would normally purchase prior to visiting a new country.
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1.0 out of 5 stars Couldn't be bothered to finsh this 5 July 2012
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If you want a book full of name dropping (time spend with this judge, that ambassador, a princess or two) - do read this book. If you want to read about journeys, accompanied by a fixer and a translator, which any of us could if we had a spirit of adventure, enough money and a good travel agent - do read this book. I gave up after the first half.

If, on the other hand, you want to read about someone who goes off on her own in often challenging circumstances, meeting ordinary people, a book that gives a flavour of what it would be like to truly be an intrepid traveller - read Muddling Through in Madagascar by Dervla Murphy. That's a book to be treasured.
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