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Eccentric Graces: Eritrea and Ethiopia Through the Eyes of a Traveler Hardcover – 1 May 1999

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Product details

  • Hardcover: 250 pages
  • Publisher: Red Sea Press (May 1999)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1569021007
  • ISBN-13: 978-1569021002
  • Product Dimensions: 2.5 x 14 x 21.6 cm

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Amazon.com: 3.2 out of 5 stars 11 reviews
5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars What a great find! Excellent reading and good fun! 9 Mar. 2001
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Format: Paperback
It is not a surprise to me that there are such mixed reviews of this book. It is obvious by reading the reviews that you either loved it or hated it. That said, I read it and thought it was fantastic! If you have an opened mind, and a sense of wonder - as does the author of this book - than it will be apparent that most of these negative reviews have an alterior motive. Why is that? Africa is a continent that is as diverse as these reviews! Coincidence? Please read this book with the intent that it was written: as a travel narrative. How often are we lucky enough to read the accounts of a woman travelling through these two contrasting countries? It is a perspective; and like any work of art it brings something different in everyone who views it. I'm happy to say that this book gave me an excellent insight into these countries in an easy to read and understand manner. Ms. Stewart's experiences seem wonderful, scary, mysterious...all description given to the countries as well as the continent. Bravo! It's a rare treasure and wonderful addition to my library!
5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Read for Yourself 5 Nov. 2000
By A Customer - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
Surprised that a reader/reviewer writes off this fascinating book as a travel guide, which means he entirely misunderstands the book's genre (and misreads the subtitle of the book "through the eyes of a traveller"); it is a travel narrative not a travel guide, which in travel narrative style does not pretend to offer the reader with prices of hotels and lists of good restaurants, but rather gives the armchair and actual traveller a glimpse of the atmosphere of a country and its people as a snapshot in time. Stewart has accomplished this task well. The Ethiopia and Eritrea she visited several years ago, have already changed, and it is valuable that some of their pre-border-war character - albeit from one person's experiences - was captured. Yes, you should buy Bragg if you want a good travel GUIDE, but read this for insight and entertainment.
7 of 10 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars WASTE OF YOUR MONEY AND TIME 7 Jun. 1999
By A Customer - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
I read this book with disgust, specially Julia Stewart's stereotyping of Ethiopians. As an Ethiopian I was offended by her writing that "Ethiopians are very arrogant people" after her 'Eritrean buddy' told her some story. This book is rather a political book against Ethiopians reflecting an Eritrean's(with hatred toward Ethiopia) point of view. Her Eritrean buddy also mentions in the book, "the only thing he likes about Ethiopia is the money". I wish the book focus more on her travel experience than trying to generalize things. Any one who really wants to find the truth about Ethiopia, may I suggest you read this book, A GUIDE TO ETHIOPIA by Philip Briggs which has a very balanced view about Ethiopia. Perhaps Julia may check this book as well. One other thing I wish the author had a warning for her use of obscenity in her writing. May I generalize now about Americans? I won't lower myself to that standard.
4 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars eccentric graces 25 Nov. 1999
By A Customer - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover
a well written book about the authors unique experiences in these 2 lands. I work with refugees and immigrants in a volunteer capacity and work with 2 wonderful Eritrean families. I have read much about the country, and admire it even moreso, after hearing the authors experience. She probably did not visit with preconceived notions, so I think she was objective in her viewpoint. It appears from all that I have read, that Ethiopia is in terrible shape, and they are the current aggressor, possibly in an attempt to hide their internal problems. The book is not dry. It is very alive, particularly with interpersonal contacts, and the phyisical descriptions are great. I would highly reccomend it as a personal and informal perspective of 2 fascinating and little known countries
3 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Well written and researched 20 Oct. 1999
By A Customer - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
I am particularly interested in the historical aspects of these two countries and found this book very thoroughly researched. The incorporation of both historical and travel narrative works very well. I felt that I was both learning and travelling with Ms. Stewart. Well written and very interesting to read.
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