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Confusing layout and too short
on 4 September 2012
This was a waste of money. I'm giving it 2 stars rather than 1 because it's an improvement on the previous edition (which was awful and full of errors) but this edition is laid out in a really confusing way and is so short that I found it really doesn't have enough information on any particular place.
A guidebook published by Bradt seems to be the only other Madagascar guide published in English and it is streets ahead. Unlike the Lonely Planet one, the Bradt one is written by authors who've been visiting Madagascar for years and are clearly filled with passion for the island. It not only has many more hotel/restaurant listings but also has far more useful wildlife/cultural/historical background than the Lonely Planet, which I think is critical for putting an unusual country like Madagascar in context if you are coming to it for the first time. The two books are the same price, so I wouldn't recommend this one.