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Madagascar (Travel Companion) Paperback – 15 Aug 2010
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About the Author
After graduating from Carleton College with a BA in English, Sara decided to take the plunge and join the Peace Corps. In early 2005, she left her job in North Carolina to teach English to high school students in Madagascar for two years. After completing her service, Sara found that she couldn't stay away - she returned in 2008 to work on an NGO project, and again in 2009 to complete research for her Masters thesis (and to write this book!).
In 2010, Sara received her MA in Sustainable Development from the School for International Training Graduate Institute in Brattleboro, Vermont. Putting her brand new degree to good use, Sara is in Madagascar once again working with Human Network International as a Peace Corps Response Volunteer. She plans on doing more traveling over the next 6 months, and looks forward to many more adventures.
Top Customer Reviews
Quite apart from the tra-la-la style which is a matter of taste - you either like it or you don't - the author includes only a very limited amount of information on the places she deals with, and much of what she does include is inaccurate.
Worst of all from my point of view, however, are instances of complete cultural insensitivity. To take a particularly crass example: on page 81, relating to the town of Maroantsetra we read in a box:
"Coco Beach is located across the bridge from town, over the canal (do not pay the people collecting money on either side - that's for the townspeople to help pay for the new bridge, I think),"
Maroantsetra is a town I know particularly well. After the main road bridge collapsed in 2006, local people in a communal effort built a makeshift wooden bridge to enable people to cross the river (it isn't a canal!!), and to cover the costs of construction and continuous maintenance, they charged a toll of around 9 US cents per crossing. This charge applied to everyone using the bridge.
By what earthly right does someone like the author of this book say that foreigners should refuse to pay this trivial amount because it's up to the "townspeople" to pay for a new bridge?!
The Malagasy people of Maroantsetra were often too polite to challenge foreigners who just walked by without paying, but I can tell you that that was intensely resented, especially as the toll was not for profit.Read more ›
Most Helpful Customer Reviews on Amazon.com (beta) (May include reviews from Early Reviewer Rewards Program)
It's is a very beautiful book with extremely practical advice. It combines information on where to stay, how to get around, what to see, what to bring, plus some nice helpful Malagasy phrases. You can use it to choose your own adventure. The photos are excellent and the book has a detailed, engaging style, is up to date, fun and informative.
Along with imparting travel details, the author has captured the feeling of Madagascar. It addresses the natural and cultural diversity of the island and the history behind it. The author's humor and curiosity make this book the best kind of travel companion.