Spurred on by romantic visions of Ethiopia, Dervla Murphy set out on a hazardous trek through the Ethiopian highlands. The Ethiopians were usually hospitable and her dependence on them and increasing familiarity with their way of life broke down the barriers. This is the story of her journey.
Spurred on by romantic childhood memories of names such as Prester John, the Queen of Sheba and the Lion of Judah, and by a vision of Ethiopia as beautiful, dangerous and mysterious, Dervla Murphy set out on a hazardous trek through the Ethiopian highlands. She travelled against official advice and, during the gruelling journey, she was robbed three times. Yet the Ethiopians were usually hospitable and her dependence on them and increasing familiarity with their way of life broke down the barriers. Her growing affection for and understanding of another race became "the real achievement and richest reward" of her journey. This is the story of her journey.
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Dervla Murphy was born in Co. Waterford, Ireland, of Dublin parents and still lives there. Since 1964 she has been regularly publishing descriptions of her journeys - by bicycle or on foot - in the remoter areas of four continents. She has also written about the problems of Northern Ireland, the hazards of the nuclear power industry and race relations in Britain.
In Ethiopia With a Mule by Dervla Murphy
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